Bass Player Live Weekend Celebration of the Bass at the Key Club and Sir Studios

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Photos by Kristen K. Taylor

Bass Player LiveMusic Player Network hosted Bass Player Live Los Angeles which dedicated the weekend of October 23-24, 2010 to the bass with over a million frequent points being accumulated due to international participation that included over a dozen Grammy nominated and Grammy winners in attendance.  Two days of educational seminars at Sir Studios were enhanced by the exhibition of the latest bass technology related equipment out there and featured clinics by bass legends Darryl Jones (Miles Davis, Rolling Stones), Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), Bootsy Collins (James Brown, P-Funk), Victor Wooten ((Bela Fleck), Nathan Watts (Stevie Wonder), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osbourne), Sean Hurley (John Mayer), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Divinity Roxx (Beyonce), Alex Al (Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson), Matt Garrison (Herbie Hancock, Chaka Kahn, Whitney Houston), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Steve Vai),  French born Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter), and well-known bass instructors Steve Bailey and Anthony Wellington that have frequently taught clinics alongside Victor Wooten in addition to being talented performers.  There was also a Bass Builders Roundtable.

Bass Player LiveBig Sir opened the crown event of Bass Player Live Los Angeles at the West Hollywood’s legendary Key Club with bass player Juan Alderete (Mars Volta) and vocalist Lisa Papineau being joined by special guest appearances of Matthew Embree on keys and backing vocals joined by drummer Chris Tsagakas which got the evening off to a great start and warmed up the audience nicely for Alphonso Johnson, acoustic and electric bass player who is also a Chapman Stick artist (a ten-stringed electric touch board).  The Alphonso Johnson Quartet charmed the crowd with their jazz fusion performance with Johnson being joined by David Garfield (keyboard), Michael O’Neill (guitar), and Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drummer).

Funk master Bootsy Collins (James Brown, P-Funk) celebrated his freestyle October 26th birthday a few days early with a huge birthday cake resembling the November cover of Bass Player Magazine and a 2010 Lifetime Achievement award that was presented by Victor Wooten who Collins calls his little brother.   Collins dedicated the evening to his late brother former bass player Catfish Collins, and celebrated the night with a funky all-star jam in respect of his P-Funk days with George Clinton, Collins was also joined by P-Funkers guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight and drummer Frankie “Kash” Waddy).  Bootsy Collins and Victor Wooten battled with dueling basses with Steve Bailey in the middle of the action joined by Verdine White (Earth Wind and Fire) and solo artist Brian Bromberg (Stan Getz) alongside Ready Freddie Washington (Herbie Hancock) with Billy Sheehan, Anthony Wellington, and Nathan Watts.   Sekou Bunch may have been voted off Survivor, but Collins was blessed to have him drop in to jam.  Divinity Roxx brought freestyle rhymes to the table in addition to joining, “Give Up the Funk.” Tony Stone also joined the jam dressed in black and white stripes.

Bass Player LiveBass Player LiveBass Player LiveBass Player LiveAlphonso Johnson was awarded a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented by Darryl Jones and Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes, and the honor was celebrated with an all-star jam with Johnson, Jones, and Mendes being joined by Steve Bailey leading a jam on Weather Report’s “Bahama Mama.”  Matt Garrison, Hadrien Feraud (Chick Corea/John McLaughlin),  Alex Al, Reggie Hamilton (Whitney Houston, Tina Turner), John B. Williams (Louis Armstrong, Billy Cobham, Nancy Wilson), Janek Gwizdala (Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern), Bunny Brunel, and Jonathan Herrera (Bass Magazine Senior Editor) joined in and also had a solo.   Legendary bass player and film score composer Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Toto) was also part of the festivities along with Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), and the wonder from down under Australian bass player Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Chick Corea).  Many artists were in attendance at the Key Club show including bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and Sonny Cool (P-Funk).   Alphonso Johnson also gave a special shout out to his engineer Brian Risner.

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