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Stu Hamm Clinics

Next month, Stu Hamm will be conducting a series of clinics with Shadows Fall drummer, Jason Bittner. This unlikely duo will be starting these clinics during the first week of June, and the dates are as follows June 3 at the Washington Music Center in Wheaton, MD June 4 at Sam Ash Music Store in King of Prussia, PA June...

New Albums

Cai Marle-Garcia: Mr. Ears

Bassist Cai Marle-Garcia is releasing his debut album, Mr. Ears on June 1st, and we have a sneak preview. Mr. Ears includes saxophonists Tony Woods, Duncan Eagles and Rob Sell, keyboardists Kit Downes (BBC Jazz Rising Star Award 2008, Empirical, Jim Mullen, Dennis Rollins) and Steve Kite, drummers Martyn Kaine (Natalie Williams) and Dan Paton, guitarist Sagat Guirey (John Etheridge,...


Win a Billy Sheehan Custom Bass

FYE is giving away a Yahama custom bass, signed by Billy Sheehan. The contest runs through June 8th. Enter at FYE’s web site.

New Albums

Patitucci’s “Music We Are” LP Special Edition Release

Vinyl is definitely back. Music We Are, by John Patitucci, Jack Dejohnette and Danilo Perez, is now available as a special edition 140 gram LP. The CD version was released on April 7th, 2009. The track list is the same as the CD, minus “Michael”, and is as follows: 1. Tango African 2. Earthy Prayer 3. Seventh D, 1st Movement...

Sheet Music & Instruction

Pink Floyd: Authentic Bass Tab Book & CD

Alfred Music Publishing has just released Ultimate Bass Play-Along Pink Floyd: Authentic Bass Tab, the newest title in their “Ultimate Bass Play-Along” series. The book includes bass tabs, music notation, lyrics and chords to nine Pink Floyd tunes, including: Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), Comfortably Numb, The Fletcher Memorial Home, Have a Cigar, Money, See Emily Play, Time,...


Radiohead heads back to the studio to record latest album

Radiohead has ventured back into the studio to record their latest album, announces Radiohead bassist, Colin Greenwood. The band has regrouped with producer Nigel Godrich to begin work on the follow up album to 2007’s In Rainbows. “It was very noisy and chaotic and really fun,” Colin informed BBC’s 6 Music when describing the band’s recording sessions. “It’s at the...

Concerts & Tours

Tom Kennedy and the Mike Stern Band

Over the weekend, I got the chance to catch the Mike Stern Band at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. The line-up included Stern on guitar, Tom Kennedy on bass, Bob Franceschini on sax, and Dave Weckl on drums, which is the same group appearing on the recently released New Morning: The Paris Concert DVD. Even Dennis Chambers was in the...

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New Albums

Bill Hart: This Is Why

From Atlanta, Georgia, Bill Hart brings us This is Why, an eclectic guitar-centered fusion album of original compositions moving seamlessly between blues funk rock and jazz released on Blue Canoe Records. Bill Hart flashes his chops on the guitar, along with Mike Stern (guitar) on the title track. The album includes: Randy Hoexter (piano/keys), Sam Skelton (sax), Joe Chalden, Jef...

Concerts & Tours

Marcus Miller adds solo shows during SMV Tour

In between playing shows with SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten), Marcus Miller will play three shows: one in Massachusetts and two in New York. The shows are as follows: 6/11 – House of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts 6/12 – Nokia Theatre – NYC, New York 6/13 – Eastman Theatre In addition, don’t forget to check out the...


Win tickets to Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown to see Charlie Haden

The Guardian (UK) is running a contest to give away five pairs of tickets to the Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown event, featuring bassist Charlie Haden. The Meltdown showcases many artists, including avant-garde artists to more traditional jazz artists. Charlie Haden will be performing in addition to the Yoko Ono/ Plastic Ono Band, and post-rock band Three Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra....


Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Camp

This upcoming June and July, Jamey Aebersold will be hosting a Jazz Summer camp. The camp will take place June 28th-July 3rd and July 5th- July 10th. This camp is open to any levels of improvisation skills, a wide variety of instruments, and anyone from 8-86, although it is considered an adult camp. Bass faculty includes Rich Armandi, J.B. Dyas,...


Rock Band releases Paul McCartney’s Höfner replica photo

Harmonix Music Systems, maker of the popular Rock Band video game, The Beatles and MTV Games previously announced they’d partnered to create The Beatles: Rock Band, based on the Beatles’ music. Surviving band members, bassist Sir Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr, plus Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison are all providing input for the game. Now a photo of the...