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20th Anniversary Tribute to Jaco Pastorius announced

Jaco Pastorius, Inc. & the Broward Center have announced the 20th Anniversary Tribute to Jaco Pastorius. The event will feature live performances by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band with special guest appearances by Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Bobby Mintzer, David Bargeron, Jimmy Haslip, Gerald Veasley, Felix Pastorius, Mary Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Thomas, Jr., and Dana Paul. Rare home movies...

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Basslines for October 16

Paul McCartney thinks the bass player is “usually the fat guy who stands at the back“. Somehow, he’s happy with it too. Eat up. Rufus Reid has penned an interesting piece on “being a jazz bassist (and more). Stanley Clarke‘s The Toys of Men released today. SixNationState’s bassist, John Maskell, might want to reconsider his no-shoes policy (or stop the...

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Stanley Clarke’s “The Toys of Men”

Stanley Clarke’s latest album, The Toys of Men, is being released October 16, 2007. Sample the release and pre-order it at Heads Up’s web site. Full release: For centuries, the artist has served as the great counterbalance to the warrior. When statesmen in opposing camps rattle their swords and draw lines in the sand, it’s left to the creators to...

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Gary Willis – Actual Fiction

Don’t know how we missed this one… maybe you did too. Gary Willis released his latest solo album in August, featuring Kirk Covington & David Gómez on drums and Gary on “everything else”. Gary has been one of our favorites since early Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson. More (incredibly detailed) info here, as well as sample audio. Source: GaryWillis.com.

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Undiscovered Mingus

A previously unknown 1964 recording of the Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy was recently discovered by Mingus’ widow and released by Blue Note. This is a double CD live recording, featuring a near identical lineup to the group who recorded “Great Concert of Charles Mingus” about a month later.

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Basslines for July 3rd

Must be the year for bass players to go on tour with their famous fathers. The latest buzz is about a Van Halen tour happening in September, with 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen “laying down the law”. An all-new, all-bass internet radio show has just hit the virtual airwaves. Bass Talk with Abe & Lane, a show with “more bass than...

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Jaco Pastorius honored at Syracuse Jazz Fest

Jaco Pastorius was this year’s Syracuse Jazz Festival dedicatee, and the focus of a panel moderated by noted biographer and jazz author/journalist Bill Milkowski. The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, conducted by Peter Graves and featuring Jeff Carswell and Will Lee on bass, and Hiram Bullock on guitar, performed at the event.

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Michael Manring, Percy Jones on new release

Drummer Vic Stevens has released his latest CD, “If People Could Talk“, featuring Michael Manring and Percy Jones on bass. Stevens and Manring perform together in the fusion trio McGill/Manring/Stevens.

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String Bass / Electric Bass Vacancy: U.S. Army Field Band

The United States Army Field Band is holding auditions through August 22, 2007 for a string/electric bassist. To apply, submit a recent resume and high-quality recording, CD preferred, by August 22, 2007. The recording should contain solos or excerpts of various styles that demonstrate the depth and breadth of your playing ability, with an emphasis on classical music. Applicants selected...

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Trio of Doom Reissue

The legendary recording of the “Trio of Doom”, featuring Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin and Tony Williams is being re-released on June 26th, by Columbia/Legacy. The release features the group’s live performance on March 3rd, 1979, and includes five tracks recorded the following week at Columbia Studios in New York. Three of the five studio recordings were available on the original...