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Christian McBride joins Mike Clark on “Blueprints of Jazz”

Drummer Mike Clark has released a new album in Talking House Records’s “Blueprints of Jazz” series. For “Vol. 1“, Clark enlisted Christian McBride for the standup bass role. Patrice Rushen joins on piano, Jed Levy on tenor sax, and Donald Harrison on alto sax. Track Listing: 1. In The House 2. Like That 3. 10th Ave. 1957 4. Past Lives...

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RHCP extend study break

Flea continues to hit the books at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles, which is prompting the Red Hot Chili Peppers to consider taking another year of sabbatical. Or so they say. According to an ominous statement from drummer Chad Smith, there could be other factors involved. “You can’t force anybody to play who doesn’t want to. I’m...

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A Boatful of Jazz

In a recent All About Jazz article, Larry Taylor takes us along on the Playboy Jazz Cruise which sailed late last month on Holland America’s Westerdam. The Caribbean voyage was hosted by Marcus Miller and featured a different headlining musician for each night. The all-things-jazz cruise included history presentations, Q&A with the musicians, and late night jam sessions around the...

Concerts & Tours

Michael Manring Tour Updates (Feb-June 2009)

Here’s the latest and greatest tour information from Michael Manring Solo performances Fri Feb 27 & 28 Anthropology Live Music Club in Mexico City, Mexico Jackie Perkins & the Exotique Band Thu March 5 Teatro Astoria in Lerici (SP), Italy (info: tour@armadilloclub.org) Jackie Perkins & the Exotique Band Fri March 6 Auditorium Toscanini in Parma, Italy Info: simonevaleo@alice.it Jackie Perkins...

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Jaco Pastorius Park

Palms Beach ArtsPaper has a nice feature on the new park honoring the late, great Jaco Pastorius. The park is on Dixie Highway in Oakland Park, Florida, near where Jaco grew up, and covers seven acres. The park opened on what would have been Jaco’s 57th birthday, last December 1st. You can read the entire feature on the Palms Beach...

New Albums, Player News

The Freakish Approach: Claypool on His New Album, Upcoming Tour

In a recent interview with The Daily Aztec, Primus bassist Les Claypool shares what we can expect to hear from him soon. His latest album, Of Fungi and Foe will be released March 17. Claypool described this venture as “kind of dark and creepy” and “a little more moody than some of the stuff I’ve done in the past.” Should...

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David Pastorius & Local 518 set to release “Sense of Urgency”

Local 518 has just completed recording their second album, “Sense of Urgency”, recorded at Studio 101 in Melbourne, Florida. The album will be released on P-Vine Records in Japan. Local 518 includes David Pastorius on bass, Al Brodeur on guitar, Bjarne Jannik Kjaer on drums, Anthony Darmana on percussion and Dave Hoag on keys. Pastorius was voted “Best Bass Player”...

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Buzz Beat Friday, February 20th

She’s got Pat Metheny, Bill Cosby and Dave Letterman singing her praises. Esperanza Spalding is a string bassist and the youngest teacher at the Berklee School of Music with a very interesting story. Know someone getting started on bass? This book and video just might do the trick. Grammy-winning bassist Chris Kent has been battling Multiple Myeloma for 10 years....

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Sonic Youth share details about “The Eternal”

The much-anticipated 16th album from Sonic Youth is on its way. Among the new details are a release date, June 9, 2009, and cover art. Recorded last year at SY’s Echo Canyon West studio, the record features former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold as the band’s newest studio member, replacing Jim O’Rouke. Ibold has been touring with the band for the...

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Wayne Shorter concert DVD features 3 legendary bassists

Wayne Shorter’s performance at the 1996 Montreux Jazz Festival is now available on DVD. Bassist and formerly Shorter’s Weather Report band mate Alphonso Johnson, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter all make appearances on the DVD, which includes bonus footage from both the 1991 and 1992 Montreux performances. The complete line-up for the 1996 show: Wayne Shorter (saxophones) James Beard (keyboards)...

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Velvet Revolver singer search update and other “surprises” from Duff McKagan

Since Velvet Revolver split with Scott Weiland last April, finding a replacement has proved more difficult than expected. Bassist Duff McKagan has kept the media up-to-speed on the audition process over the last eight months, and here’s his latest report to “Pulse Of Radio”: “In the last, I would say, about eight weeks, we got three guys in that were...

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Buzz Beat for February 16

Playing a little catch up here on bass buzz from around the web… The Grammy Awards revealed more than just this year’s winners. The event proved to be a family affair as we learned that legendary bassist Charlie Haden is Jack Black’s father-in-law. The Jack Black references don’t stop there: after bassist Paul McCartney‘s performance at the Grammys, Black told...