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NH Bass Fest

The third annual New Hampshire Bass Festival is taking place June 24th through the 27th, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. The festival combines both performance and education sessions, with classes starting daily at 9am and performances each night at 8pm. Faculty and performers include Michael Manring, Celso Pixinga, Todd Johnson, Dave Buda, Danny Morris, Marshal Wood, Rob...


Pasadena Bass Day 09

This year’s Pasadena Bass Day, presented by BassQuake and Los Angeles Music Academy will be held on July 25th, 2009, starting at 8am, at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Guest clinicians include bassists Rhonda Smith, Sekou Bunch, Brian Bromberg and Bryan Beller, covering a wide range of styles and approaches to the bass. Breakout sessions will also take place, so...

New Albums

Mike Mills performs on Jill Hennessy’s debut album

Jill Hennessy will release her highly anticipated debut album, Ghost In My Head, on June 16th, 2009. Among the numerous guest musicians that perform with Jill is R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills. Track list: 1. 10,000 Miles 2. 4 Small Hands 3. Ghost In My Head 4. Oh Mother 5. Erin 6. Save Me 7. Falling Down 8. Holding On 9....

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New Albums

Andy Sheppard: Movements In Colour review

The following is a performance review featuring Arild Andersen (double bass) After always being a fan of ECM artists, I was thrilled to learn that Andy Sheppard, renowned Jazz saxophonist, was recording his first album for the label. There has always been a tinge of the ECM sound about the music Sheppard created – his sense of melody and rhythm...


Hadrien Feraud at Findamorale Festival

On June 5th and 6th (Friday and Saturday), Hadrien Feraud will be appearing with his band from Paris at the “FINDAMORALE” festival at Charlie Wright’s in Pitfield Street Shoreditch, London. His band includes: Michel Le Coq (keyboard) , Jim Grancamp (guitar), and Yoann Schmidt (drums). If you have not seen Hadrien before you are missing out. He has been described...

Concerts & Tours

311 tour announced

In celebration of their newest album, Uplifter, 311 will tour once again. The tour dates are as follows: 6/3: Majestic Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA 6/4: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood, CA 6/5: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA 6/6: Live 105 BFD Radio Festival, San Francisco, CA 6/7: Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR 6/8: WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA 6/11: Usana Amphitheatre, Salt...

Concerts & Tours, New Albums

Incubus: Monuments and Memories + Tour Info

Incubus is releasing Monuments and Memories, a collection of the band’s hits, unreleased recordings and new tunes. This album also includes access to 500+ unreleased videos, MP3s and photos. This collection goes on sale June 16th, and is the most recent activity from the band since their album, Light Grenades. The track lists are as follows: Disc: 1 1. Black...

New Albums

Trey Wright Trio: Thinking out Loud

The Trey Wright Trio has produced a killer jazz album with their new CD Thinking out Loud. The album released on Blue Canoe Records. The trio includes Trey Wright on guitar, Marc Miller on the upright bass (Mace Hibbard Quintet, Jacksonville State faculty member), and Marlon Patton on drums (Heavy Mojo, Grogus). The album features eight original compositions as well...

New Albums

Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings coming in June

Dream Theater will release their latest work of art on June 23rd, 2009. The album will once again feature the expertise of drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist John Patrucci, keyboard player Jordan Rudess, vocalist James LaBrie, and, let’s not forget, bassist John Myung. This album marks their 10th studio album, and it is available for pre-order. Stay tuned for my review!

Concerts & Tours

Rufus Reid to headline CCM Jazz Showcase

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid is joining the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty’s Jazztet and the university’s 18-piece student Jazz Ensemble this weekend for a night of standards and original works. The performance takes place this Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. “Rufus Reid has been a guiding force in jazz...

New Albums

The Gary Burton Quartet Revisited, with Steve Swallow

The Gary Burton Quartet has announced tour dates in support of their just-released album, Quartet Live. The quartet consists of leader/vibraphonist Gary Burton, bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist Pat Metheny, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Tour Schedule: June 19th at the Calvin Theatre in Northhampton, MA (413-586-8686) June 20th at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA (617-747-2261) June 21st at the...

New Albums

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

The Art of Improvisation is the latest release by bassist Charnett Moffett and features him on both electric and acoustic bass. Charnett is joined by Will Calhoun, Eric McPherson, and Charnette Max Moffett on drums, Yungchen Lhamo on vocals, Scott Brown on piano, Pat Jones and Steve Barnes on guitar, and Robert Joseph Avalon on trumpet. All About Jazz‘s Francis...