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Berklee announces new online bass courses

Berklee School of Music is offering three online bass courses for their Spring term. Jazz Bass, taught by Jim Stinnett, is a 12-week course focusing on constructing and improvising jazz bass lines, studying standard chord progressions, and studying the work of jazz bass legends including Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter and Christian McBride. Anthony Vitti is teaching Rock Bass,...

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Metallica’s HOF bass drama continues

Let’s see if we can keep this straight… First, Robert Trujillo was playing with the Metallica for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (we think). Later, it was Jason Newsted. In fact, Newsted shared in an interview that he was playing and Trujillo was sitting. Not so, according to a Warner Bros. Records spokesman, who...

New Albums

Performing This Week: Jeff Beck DVD with Tal Wilkenfeld [new release]

Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott’s, a DVD performance filmed during a series of 2007 performances at Ronnie Scott’s club in London. The band includes Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Jason Rebello on keyboards, and guest appearances by Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton. Interviews with each of the band members are included...

Events, News

Billy Sheehan joins Rotosound for Musikmesse

Rotosound has just announced Billy Sheehan is making a guest appearance at their booth next month at the musical instrument trade fair, Musikmesse, in Frankfurt, Germany. Billy will meet fans and sign posters for three days, from April 2nd through the 4th. Billy is also promoting his new album, Holy Cow, releasing on April 14th.

New Albums

Mike Stern’s New Morning: The Paris Concert [new release]

A new DVD featuring the Mike Stern Band’s May 2008 performance at the New Morning club in Paris, France was released this week. Bassist Tom Kennedy performs along with Stern, drummer Dave Weckl, and tenor saxophonist Bob Franceschini. New Morning: The Paris Concert is filmed in high definition, contains 112 minutes of footage including the band’s performance, soundcheck clips, and...

Events

Golden Gate Bass Camp

The Golden Gate Bass Camp is celebrating its 14th year of bass camps in California this July, with 8 days of instruction and concerts at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University in Oakland California. The Bass Camp, held from July 5 through 12th, features David Murray, Robert Hurst, Kristin Korb, Michael Manring, Mark Dresser, David Young,...

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Jacofest: Dennard’s tribute Jaco Pastorius

On March 13, drummer Kenwood Dennard held a tribute for his former band mate, Jaco Pastorius at the Regattabar in Boston, Massachusetts. The event featured twelve musicians playing from Jaco’s vast library of tunes. Dennard, who served as emcee, opened the performance by announcing, “I want to introduce you to Jaco’s spontaneous attitude,” and jumped into a drum riff to...

News

Flea to induct Metallica at Rock HOF 2009 event

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will join Eminem, Jimmy Page, and Ronnie Wood to induct the 2009 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Flea will induct Metallica, Eminem will induct Run-D.M.C., Jimmy Page will induct ex-Yardbird bandmate Jeff Beck, and Ronnie Wood of the The Rolling Stones will induct Bobby Womack. The event takes place on...

Sheet Music & Instruction

Alfred Music expands Ultimate Beginner Series for bass

The Ultimate Beginner Series, a popular learning series from Alfred Music, has been expanded to include complete book and DVD packages. The series covers bass, acoustic guitar and drums. The bass series includes over three hours of DVD instruction covering rock and blues grooves, tapping, harmonics, slapping and equipment. For more information, check out www.alfred.com.

Concerts & Tours

Michael Manring Tour Updates (Mar – Oct 2009)

Michael Manring has released his latest tour schedule. We’ll be at the Jammin’ Java this Saturday (March 28th). If you’re also attending, please drop us a note! Solo performance Thu. Mar. 26 at 8PM The Stone: Avenue C at E 2nd St. in New York, NY 10009 Solo performance Sat. March 28 at 7PM Jammin’ Java: 227 Maple Ave E,...