Family and friends of Jaco Pastorius held their annual birthday party for him at the A1A Dive Bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5th. The band included Jaco’s twin sons, bassist Felix Pastorius and drummer, Julius Pastorius. Here’s a couple of videos from the performance. What starts out as warming up quickly turns into a killer performance of Jaco’s...
On May 12, 2009, the White House held the “Unplugged Poetry Jam”, and bassist Esperanza Spalding was one of the featured performers. Esperanza is obviously becoming a White House favorite. She took the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony this morning, and will perform a concert at the ceremony tomorrow. Here’s Esperanza performing “Tell Him”:
Our good friend Sigurdór Guðmundsson shares this video with us, saying “How about featuring this talented player?” One listen, and we are happy to feature this beautiful solo bass performance by Roberto Badoglio. The piece, “Oceania” is a bass improvisation on a D major pedal.
Maurizio Rolli and his Rolli’s Tone Big Band performed a tribute to the late, great guitarist Hiram Bullock earlier this year. Check out the 21-piece big band performing a very unique take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”, live at Pescara Jazz 2009.
Here’s a great video of SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten) live at the Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Festival, earlier this year. Or in the words of Marcus Miller: “We have a lot of bass for you. We hope you like bass.”
What do you get when you mix an upright bass with a sitar? The Bazantar, of course. Here, Mark Deutsch plays his instrument and explains the creation of it.
Here we go… a little Alphonso Johnson to start off the weekend. This performance, filmed on July 6, 1976 in Montreux, Switzerland, is the Bill Cobham / George Duke Band playing “Red Baron”. The band includes Billy Cobham on drums, George Duke on keyboards, John Scofield on guitar and Johnson on bass. Holy smokes!
We had another great video discovery, thanks to our friends on the Facebook page (keep ’em coming). Today’s video features Charlie Moreno in his solo concert in Madrid in December, 2008.
I recently discovered some amazing footage of bassist Scott LaFaro worth sharing. The first video is the Richie Kamuca Quintet recorded in 1958 at KABC studios in Los Angeles. The program was “Stars of Jazz”, which ran from 1956 until 1958. The band includes leader Richie Kamuca on tenor saxophone, Frank Rosolino on trombone, LaFaro on bass, Victor Feldman on...
I discovered Juan Nelson thanks to Ben Harper, and have been a fan ever since. I only hope Ben comes back to the Innocent Criminals one day. Here’s Juan doing his thing, playing bass and singing, live with Ben Harper: