With just about a week to go, Bass Player LIVE! 2011 is shaping up to have the most star-studded lineup in the 12-year history of the event. Recent additions to the clinics and concert include the following bass aces. Marcus Miller will present Larry Graham’s Lifetime Acheivement Award at the Key Club concert, perform as a guest in Larry’s set, and appear at S.I.R. on Saturday Oct. 22 for a 12 Noon meet-and-greet at a location still to be determined. Pino Palladino will be introducing his new signature Ashdown Pedal, performing with the James Jamerson Tribute Band at the Key Club, and co-hosting the Jamerson Appreciation clinic on Sunday at S.I.R. Anthony Jackson will make a Saturday booth appearance at Fodera before his award duties at the Key Club. Abraham Laboriel will be doing a live clinic/interview on Saturday afternoon. Oskar Cartaya will be holding a Saturday afternoon clinic with a Latin ensemble. Brian Bromberg will address his dazzling doubling skills in a Saturday afternoon clinic, as well as discuss some interesting new projects. Multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff will be joining Lifetime recipient Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, making Acoustic Hot Tuna’s performance a trio affair. And all the way from South America, Igor Saavedra, an 8-string bassist, will demonstrate his unique instrument and technique in a Saturday morning clinic.
Multi-player clinics are a feature this year, with a rock roundtable anchored by dUg Pinnick and Blasko on Saturday morning; a Sunday morning hip hop/R&B tilt boasting Divinity Roxx, Norwood Fisher, and Robert “Bubby” Lewis; James Jamerson, Jr. and Allan Slutsky, who round out the James Jamerson appreciation clinic; and the U.S. Debut of JoStLe, with Jonas Hellborg, Steve Bailey, and Lee Sklar. Special Returning Guests from last year include Alphonso Johnson, Verdine White, Darryl Jones, Tal Wilkenfeld, Stu Hamm, Mike Inez, and Alex Al. See you soon in Los Angeles!