Melvin Lee Davis: Edith and the Kingpin
Here’s the great Melvin Lee Davis performing Joni Mitchell’s “Edith and the Kingpin” in a totally unique way. MLD is joined by Jesse Milliner on keyboards and vocoder, Rob Bacon on guitar, and Jay Williams on drums.
Casiopea: Mid-Manhattan (Live)
One of my favorite bands since my teen years is jazz-fusion band Casiopea. When I first heard the track "Mid-Manhattan", I was instantly hooked. Here’s the band performing “Mid-Manhattan” at Blues Alley in Japan.
Charles Berthoud: If Beethoven Were a Funk Bassist
Charles Berthoud dropped another great video yesterday, saying, “I couldn’t get this idea out of my head so here you go.” In this one, Charles makes “Für Elise” funky.
Victor Bailey Group: Low Blow (2010)
On this day in 1960, the great Victor Bailey was born. In honor of his birthday, here’s a clip of Bailey and his group performing “Low Blow” at Moody’s Jazz Cafe in Foggia, Italy, in 2010.
Marcus Machado and Clark Sims: Normans Rare Guitars Jam
One of my favorite bass players, Clark Sims, dropped another vid at Norman’s Rare guitars. He’s joined by funk master Marcus Machado, and they are just KILLING these vintage Fenders!
Willie Weeks: Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) Bass Solo – Live
Donny Hathaway’s “Live” album is an essential one for bassists. Of course, one of the highlights is the landmark bass solo by Willie Weeks on “Voices Inside (Everything is Everything).” Here’s Weeks recreating the solo in a live performance.
Polyphia with Charles Berthoud: Playing God
Charles Berthoud joined Polyphia for this “jamming version” video of the tune “Playing God” from the band’s latest album, “Remember That You Will Die.
Gerald Veasley: Valdez In The Country
Gerald Veasley is a monster on the 6-string bass. We’re going back to Jazz Jams 2014 for this one. Veasley kicks the set off with one of my favorite tunes, “Valdez In The Country,” which also comes with a killer drum solo.
Tye Tribbett: Tiny Desk Concert
Tye Tribbett visited NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, but he didn’t bring his tiny band. The gospel legend brought his full rhythm section, backup singers, and horn section to cram into the infamous corner at NPR’s headquarters.
Huw Foster: 5 Bernard Edwards Basslines (And How to Play Them)
Huw Foster sent us the latest video in his “5 Basslines (And How to Play Them)” series, focusing on the one and only Bernard Edwards.
The First Circle: The First Circle
We first featured The First Circle in September 2022, with their excellent cover of Pat Metheny Group’s “Last Train Home.” Here they are again with a cover of the Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays composition of the same name.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (with Jeff Berlin): Heart Of The Sunrise
Bill Bruford shared this video earlier this month of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’s 1989 performance at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Jeff Berlin joined the band for this performance of “Heart Of The Sunrise,” filling in for Tony Levin.