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Charles Mingus Tribute at Manhattan School of Music

The 1st annual celebration of the life and works of Charles Mingus will be held February 20-22 at the Manhattan School of Music. The weekend is centered around the 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. Other festivities will include keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and performances by Manhattan School jazz ensembles as well as the Mingus Dynasty. Boris Kozlav...

Concerts & Tours

Deftones to play Bamboozle Left

The Deftones are preparing their first appearance since bassist Chi Cheng went into a coma after a car accident in November, 2008. Former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, who filled in briefly for Cheng in 1999, will perform with the band in the Bamboozle Left festival on April 5th, 2009. The band issued this statement: Our fallen comrade has not made...

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David Ellefson signing sessions

Current F5 and former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be at WonderCon in San Francisco for signing sessions from February 27th through March 1st. Location: Moscone Center South 747 Howard Street San Francisco, CA Schedule: February 27 at 12pm February 28 at 12pm March 1 at 12pm

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Leo Fender honored by the Recording Academy

The Recording Academy has honored the late Clarence “Leo” Fender with the Technical Grammy Award, created to acknowledge “contributions of outstanding technical signifcance to the recording field.” The award was presented during a ceremony on February 7th, and during the February 8th Grammys. While Fender didn’t invent the electric guitar as many believed, he did perfect it in terms of...

Gig Announcements

Featured bass gigs

Orange County, California: Melodic Metalcore band needs bass player and drummer (more bass gigs in Orange County) Denver, Colorado: Bass Player Needed (no blues or punk). I’m looking to expand my existing live act to be more full and cohesive with extra burst of fire. (more bass gigs in Denver) West Carleton, Ontario, Canada: No egos,easy going attitude and be...

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Jerry Jemmott Workshop

Jerry Jemmott, aka “The Groove Master” is holding a half-day workshop at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The workshop will be held on February 21 at 1 p.m. and is open to all musicians. Jemmott is one of the most recorded and influential bassists of all time, having recorded with B.B....

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Victor Wooten set to open Wooten Woods

Since 2000, Victor Wooten has been running his Bass/Nature camp, and dreaming of having his own location. In 2008, Wooten and his wife purchased about 150 acres of land near Nashville, Tennessee to serve as the new home for the camp. Since April 2008, the camp has been under construction, and the first “Wooten Woods Weekend” will officially kick off...

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Geddy Lee talks Grammys

USA Today has a feature on the prospects of Rush ever getting a Grammy, or entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Marco R. della Cava’s lead says it all: “Let’s be honest. When you write 20-minute songs that spin futuristic tales of cruel priests ruling from the mythical Temples of Syrinx — cue up Rush’s seminal 1976 album...

New Albums

Jazz Life: the Very Best of Chris Minh Doky

File this one under an album we missed when it released, but wish we didn’t. Chris Minh Doky released a double album “A Jazz Life” in November 2008. As Chris describes the release, “This is my compilation album, which actually is a double album. One CD contains my favorite vocal tracks (and a brand new one!) and the other CD...

New Albums

Billy Sheehan releasing third solo album

Billy Sheehan is releasing “Holy Cow!”, his third solo album in March in the U.S. The album is already available in Japan. The album was recorded in Sheehan’s home studio and features guest performances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Doug Pinnick of King’s X, Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big & Racer X, and Tony MacAlpine (on classical piano). Here’s...