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  • Jaco Pastorius Play-Along Book Published

    June 24, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Jaco Pastorius revolutionized bass playing over the course of a tragically short life, which has been depicted in the acclaimed documentary, “JACO,” produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Now, some of Jaco’s most famous bass lines (from his solo work, tenure in Weather ...

  • Percy Jones and BRAND X Reunite for US Tour

    June 24, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band BRAND X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Clevelan ...

  • Hear Steve Vai perform No Pockets from His New Modern Primitive LP

    June 24, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Thanks to Guitar Player magazine for presenting the exclusive premier of “No Pockets,” a track from Steve Vai’s new “lost” album, Modern Primitive. “No Pockets” is one of 13 unreleased song sketches and works-in-progress collected on Modern Primitive. All of the songs ...

  • Princeton Names Rudresh Mahanthappa Director of Jazz

    June 21, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Princeton University’s Department of Music has named saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Director of Jazz. Mahanthappa, who comes to Princeton with an extensive jazz background and a voice “intent on transcending cultural divides by hybridizing progressive jazz and non-We ...

  • Hal Leonard Debuts Digital Performing Arts Community

    June 16, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is proud to announce the launch of Backwing (backwing.com), a new digital community for creative artists who want to expand their network with other minds alike and share ideas via Hal Leondard's new online platform. Backwing will provide u ...

  • Epifani Launches New Website, Offers Free Shipping

    June 16, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Epifani has just launched a brand new website and is offering free shipping to celebrate! It's all new. You'll like it. Seriously. Stop by and take a look at the latest amps, speaker cabs, strings, and accessories designed by Nick Epifani in NYC. Epifani.com ...

  • Tony Levin Hits the Road with Peter Gabriel, Sting, King Crimson, Stick Men and Levin Brothers

    June 13, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Tony Levin will be on the Rock Scissors Tour with Peter Gabriel and Sting from June 21 until July 24 and on There Of Perfect Pair Camp in Big Indian, NY between August 1-15, and with King Crimson, the first run between September 4 and October 3, and the second ...

  • Kamasi Washington, Sun Ra Arkestra, Thundercat To Play Pitchfork Music Fest

    June 13, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Fans at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival can look forward to a healthy dose of jazz and improvised music. In addition to its usual roster of new and noteworthy rock acts, the festival, which runs from July 15–17 in Chicago, boasts an impressively diverse lineup, including jazz ...

  • Medeski Martin & Wood To Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Two Concerts

    June 09, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    It seems we have not heard from Medeski, Martin & Wood for quite some time, but thankfully that will soon change. Drummer Billy Martin recently revealed the trio will release a new record this fall, and a pair of shows celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary have been announced. Le ...

  • Asheville Rhythm Presents Percussion Festival

    June 09, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Asheville Rhythm’s fifth annual Asheville Percussion Festival will take place June 17 through 19, 2016 at the Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC. This year’s festival will feature teaching artists from around the globe, including NYC-based drummer and com ...

  • SFJAZZ Named an Apple Music Curator

    June 09, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    SFJAZZ has announced a new partnership with Apple and iTunes to become an Apple Music curator, the first jazz venue to do so. As a curator, SFJAZZ will be responsible for creating weekly playlists and thematic music collections that highlight featured artists and the organization’s ...

  • Guitars and Amps of Gary Moore Head to Auction This Month

    June 09, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    A trove of guitars and amps owned by the late Gary Moore is coming to auction on June 29. More than 35 guitars and amplifiers from the collection of the late Irish guitarist will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale, which will take place at the auctioneer’s locati ...

  • Corea To Play 80 Shows at Blue Note During Historic Residency

    June 08, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Chick Corea will perform the most elaborate birthday residency in jazz history this fall when he plays 80 shows over the course of eight consecutive weeks at The Blue Note in New York City. The pianist/keyboardist, who turns 75 on June 12, will celebrate the milestone with the most a ...

  • Ronnie Scotts All Stars to Perform on Contemporary Jazz Cruise

    June 07, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club has announced a new partnership with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC to bring the 57-year-old jazz club’s sound onboard the company’s latest production—the Contemporary Jazz Cruise. Featuring nightly performances by members of the Ronnie Scott ...

  • Human Element Tokyo Debut

    June 07, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Release Date: June 5th, 2016 Performance Info: June 16 to 18, 2016 Human Element is a collective of some of the finest musicians in the world, including keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matthew Garrison, percussionist-vocalist Arto Tunçboyaciyan and drummer Gary Novak who have i ...

  • Bass Player Extraordinaire Stu Hamm Brings His Rock Experience to the U.S This Summer

    June 06, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    STU HAMM has been THE go-to bass player for the world’s great musicians. Time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani has cemented his place among the greats and gave HAMM the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide. Now, HAMM brings the ...

  • Victor Wooten and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Announce 2016 Summer Tour

    June 06, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are reuniting for their first tour in four years during the month of June. The tour includes the lineup of Victor Wooten on bass, Futureman on Drumitar, Bela Fleck on banjo, and Howard Levy on piano and harmonica. The tour kicks off on June 1st ...

  • Carl Verheyen Documentary: Watch It Free!

    June 06, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Grand Designs is a music documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Nigel Dick. The film chronicles Carl's life, work, and the recording of his recently released album, The Grand Design, which was produced and engineered at Sweetwater Studios by Sweetwater Director of Studio Oper ...

  • Julian Lage Announces Summer Tour Dates

    May 31, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Following the widely celebrated release of his album Arclight (Mack Avenue) this past March, guitarist Julian Lage and his trio—bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen—will perform several dates this summer. In the first week of June, Lage’s trio will perform three ti ...

  • Steve Vai Announces Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour

    May 31, 2016   By Ablx Staff


    Steve Vai will launch a 25th anniversary tour for his Passion and Warfare album this month. The tour begins May 28 in Quebec and continues in the U.K. and Europe through July 30. Complete tour dates can be found at Vai.com, where you can also purchase tickets. A limited number o ...


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