This October, the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in New York City will pay tribute to a series of legends that have furthered the evolution of the bass from backing rhythm to front-and-center lead. For more information, visit theiridium.com.
Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey: Bass Extremes - Oct. 3 & 4
Five-time Grammy winner and founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten was named Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine three times in a row and hailed as one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time by Rolling Stone, who wrote, "Every player in the Flecktones is a master, but when Wooten busts out a solo every jaw in the audience drops to the ground." Combining intricate jazz melodies with complex R&B arrangements and swapping between electric bass, double bass, cello and guitar, Wooten has been called a "musical progressive [and] virtuoso instrumentalist" by the Boston Globe and "one of today's most innovative musicians" by M Music & Musicians. He is joined by drummer Derico Watson and bassist Steve Bailey, known for his three-fingered bass technique and innovative work with the six-string fretless bass.
Stick Men w/Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter - Oct. 18 & 19
Stick Men is the innovative trio formed by bassist Tony Levin of the progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and the Peter Gabriel Band. Levin is known for playing the Chapman Stick, an electric instrument with twelve guitar and bass strings that performs both parts simultaneously. Levin is an accompanished session veteran with over 500 album credits, playing on John Lennon's 'Double Fantasy' and collaborating with Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper and others. For Stick Men, he is joined by drummer Pat Mastelotto, also of King Crimson, and Markus Reuter, who plays a self-designed touch guitar. Bass Musician magazine said Tony Levin "pushes the boundaries of bass playing," Premier Guitar praised his "undeniable world-class skill," and Guitar World proclaimed, "These guys are way at the top, looking down."
The Stanley Clarke Band: School Days & Classic Clark - Oct. 22, 23 & 24
The list of Stanley Clarke's accolades is seemingly endless - four-time Grammy winner, Rolling Stone's first ever Jazzman of the Year, member of Guitar Player magazine's Gallery of Greats, winner of Bass Player's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Montreal Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Award, inductee into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning his career with the seminal fusion group Return To Forever with Chick Corea and Lenny White, Clarke branched out with his own solo career, releasing twenty studio albums, including 1973's 'School Days,' which reached #2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. He has scored film and television soundtracks, like 1991's 'Boyz n the Hood,' received Emmy nominations and collaborated with Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin and others.