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Flea Joining Thom Yorke for Live Performances
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Flea Joining Thom Yorke for Live Performances

Flea will be teaming up with Thom Yorke on October 4th and 5th at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. “In the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the Eraser stuff live and the new songs etc… to see if it could work!” Yorke said, via Radiohead’s Dead-Air-Space blog. “We don’t really...

New Albums

Oz Noy: Schizophrenic

Guitarist Oz Noy has released Schizophrenic, his latest album to feature his unique approach to music and guitar. Oz is joined by Late Show with David Letterman bassist Will Lee and SNL bassist James Genus, as well as guitarist Steve Lukather, and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Anton Fig. I caught a live performance of Oz Noy at 55...

New Albums

Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro

Jazz bassist Scott LaFaro is being honored with the first biography on his brief but influential life, Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro. The biography has been written by LaFaro’s sister Helene LaFaro-Fernandez and includes contributions by notable jazz writers highlighting LaFaro’s contributions to the bass community. LaFaro made his mark on the scene with the Bill...

New Albums

New Release from Ben Allison: Think Free

Bassist and composer Ben Allison will be releasing his ninth album, Think Free, on October 13th 2009, with Palmetto Records. Think Free features Allison on bass with Steve Cardenas on guitar, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Rudy Royston on drums and Jenny Scheinman on violin. The album consists of eight originals by Allison, and continues his “train of thought” from previous...


The Obamas to chair Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition

President Barack Obama and First-Lady Michelle Obama will be serving as honorary chairs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition and Gala Concert this October. The Gala co-chairs include Madeleine Albright, Herb and Lani Alpert, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, Bill and Carolyn Powers, and Joseph E. Robert Jr. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition features a different instrument and...

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The Xcerts’ Jordan Smith fractures his wrist as tour begins

A fractured wrist is a nightmare scenario for any bassist. But when it happens right as a tour kicks off with your musical heroes, it is even worse. Bassist Jordan Smith


Chas and Dave Split

Well known London legends Chas and Dave are going their separate ways. The decision was made by bassist Dave Peacock, due to the tragic death of his wife Sue after battling lung cancer. She passed away this July. The duo had topped the charts in the eighties with hits like “Rabbit,” “Ain’t No Pleasing You” and “Snooker Loopy” and have...

Concerts & Tours

Eddie Gómez announces 10-day tour in Mexico

Legendary bassist Eddie Gómez will be going on a brief 10-day tour in Mexico from November 25th through December 5th. Gómez will be touring with his trio including Stefan Karlsson on piano and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. Eddie’s impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Marian...

New Albums

Joe Martin: Not By Chance

New York City jazz bassist Joe Martin has released his second CD, Not By Chance, on Anzic records. Not By Chance features eight original compositions by Martin, and a Jaco Pastorius tribute, and includes Brad Mehldau on piano, saxophonist Chris Potter (also on bass clarinet) and Marcus Gilmore on drums. “Three of my favorite musicians. They not only possess powerful...


“All You Need To Know About the Music Business” turns 7

Music lawyer Donald S. Passman has updated his “industry Bible” with an upcoming seventh edition of All You Need To Know About the Music Business, to be released November 17th 2009. If you’re a musician and are not familiar with this book it should be on your list. Passman gives extremely relevant and organized advice on how to navigate in...

New Albums

Rufus Reid joins Roni Ben-Hur on “Fortuna”

Bassist Rufus Reid will be playing on guitarist Roni Ben-Hur’s upcoming release, Fortuna. Reid commented that “It is always a pleasure to make music with Roni Ben-Hur, anytime, anywhere!” Fortuna will be released on October 13th 2009, and is available for pre-order. You can check out some of Reid’s playing with this video of him performing “Come out and Play”:...

Concerts & Tours

Alexis Cuadrado: World Premiere of “Noneto Iberico”

Bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado will be debuting “Noneto Iberico” on Friday and Saturday October 2nd and 3rd in at The Jazz Gallery in New York. “Noneto Iberico” is a nine movement composition to be performed with nine musicians which was commissioned by the Chamber Music America-Doris Duke Foundation “New Works” grant program. It blends both Spanish flamenco music with...