BPL '11: Bromberg Press Conference, Feraud Super Band, New Fodera & More!

Just days remain before what promises to be an historic Bass Player LIVE!
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Just days remain before what promises to be an historic Bass Player LIVE!

Just days remain before what promises to be an historic Bass Player LIVE! Solo bass artist and doubler extraordinaire Brian Bromberg has requested a press conference to address his plucking peers. Asked about the nature of his announcement, Brian will only reveal the following: “It concerns an exciting new project that will involve, support, and benefit the entire bass community.” Intrigued? So are we. Join us at 2PM Saturday, at S.I.R. for Brian’s big address.

In other news, Marcus Miller will be signing autographs and selling CDs at the Fender Booth at S.I.R. on Saturday at 12 Noon.

Victor Wooten’s latest CD, his 15th Aniversary remastered, bonus-track reissue of A Show of Hands 15, will be available along with other Wooten swag at the Fodera booth. Speaking of Fodera, they will officially introduce a brand new model bass at 11:30AM Saturday, at their booth.

Hadrien Feraud sends word that he will be joined by keyboardist Ruslan Sirota and drum superstar Ronald Bruner (both from Stanley Clarke’s band) for his 4PM Sunday clinic at S.I.R. Bruner will also be drumming in Rickey Minor’s clinic, which features guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. and keyboardist John Beasley.

The latest additions to the special guest appearances include L.A. session ace Reggie Hamilton and Conan O’Brien Basic Cable Band bassist Mike Merritt. And don’t forget the two-song jam that closes the Saturday night concert, musical directed once again by Steve Bailey, boasting twenty top bassists, and drum legend James Gadson.

For an event that also includes Larry Graham, Jack Casady, Pino Palladino, Anthony Jackson, dUg Pinnick, Blasko, Rickey Minor, Andrew Gouche, Abraham Laboriel, Lee Sklar, James Jamerson, Jr. and more, can you afford not to be in L.A. this weekend?!


Jerry Jemmott with the Gregg Allman Band

ASKED TO DESCRIBE THE ARRIVAL of veteran session legend Jerry Jemmott in his band, Gregg Allman said, “It was like Jerry coming down from heaven.” Actually, it was a completed circle of sorts, as Jemmott recorded regularly with late guitar god Duane Allman before he formed the Allman Brothers. Credit Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and radio DJ Jack Devaney for suggesting Jemmott (BP’s 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) in 2006. Two weeks after they had him sit in at an Allman Brothers concert, Gregg called Jerry to invite him into his group. Now in his fifth year of touring with the 7-piece unit, the recently-married Jemmott has settled into a new home outside of Jackson, Mississippi, thoroughly enjoying what he calls a life and career rebirth.

Bassplayer Live : 2009 Overview

FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, SUNSET Boulevard in Los Angeles served as the stylish backdrop for BASS PLAYER LIVE!, on October 24 and 25. With the event scheduled seven days earlier than last year’s Halloween-weekend tilt, and with one of the most comprehensive lineups yet assembled, there was nary a hint of a sophomore jinx. In fact, BPL 2009 tallied its highest-ever number of exhibitors and attendees. The proceedings actually began on the evening of the 23rd at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, with a screening of Rambling Boy, the new documentary on the life of jazz legend Charlie Haden. Haden—who joined Tower Of Power groove god Francis “Rocco” Prestia as recipients of BP’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award—spoke afterward, along with filmmaker Reto Caduff.