Bass Player LIVE! will return to Los Angeles October 20 and 21 to bring players, manufacturers and artists together for hands-on access to the latest instruments, equipment and instruction.
The exhibition/clinics are for players of all levels, and manufacturer exhibits will showcase current basses and equipment to the bass community at large. All musicians are welcome.
This year’s event will feature two days of exhibition, live demos and clinics at SIR Studios, plus a special-event concert at Key Club in Hollywood.
The BPL! 2012 concert at Key Club on October 20 will feature Lifetime Achievement Award presentations to Chris Squire of YES and reggae legend Aston “Family Man” Barrett (Bob Marley‘s original bass player from THE WAILERS), as well as a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to Jaco Pastorius. It will be followed by an exclusive preview clip from the upcoming “Jaco” documentary, presented by METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo.
The annual all-star jam, hosted by Steve Bailey, will feature a musical tribute to the late Bob Babbitt and Duck Dunn.
Recently announced players to participate include John Taylor (DURAN DURAN) and Robert Trujillo, as well as Alphonso Johnson, Rickey Minor, Nathan East, Juan Alderete, Nate Watts, David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Steve Bailey, Stu Hamm, Phil Chen, Janek Gwizdala, Hadrien Feraud and many more.
“With Chris Squire, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Robert Trujillo, Steve Bailey, Alphonso Johnson, Nathan East, Rickey Minor, Juan Alderete, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Janek Gwizdala, Hadrien Feraud and others, Bass Player LIVE! 2012 has one of the strongest clinic lineups of BPL! talent ever,” said Joe Perry, publisher of Music Player Network. “There are going to be a number of guest appearances, including Lee Sklar, Verdine White, Brian Bromberg, Stu Hamm, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Elizondo, Andrew Gouche, Gary Grainger, Tim Lefebvre, Alex Al, Dirk Lance, Jimmy Earl and more. It is going to be one of our best events yet and not to be missed.”
The day exhibition/clinic will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 22 at SIR Studios at 6465 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. The phone number is 323-462-1112. The concert will take place October 20 at Key Club, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Doors open at 7 p.m. The phone number is 310-786-1712.
For tickets to both events, visit www.bassplayer.com.
Trujillo‘s movie about the late Grammy-winning jazz bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius, “Jaco”, was directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010’s “Stones In Exile”, the 2010 film about the recording of the 1972 THE ROLLING STONES album “Exile On Main St.”
“Jaco was my hero growing up,” Trujillo told USA Today. “Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing ‘Eruption’ for the first time: You thought, ‘What instrument is that?’ I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there. But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona. He was funk, he was rock, he was soul. And his whole attitude was punk.”
Trujillo added, “The film for me is from the heart.”
Pastorius, who was bipolar and had wrestled with substance abuse, died in 1987 at age 35 following a violent altercation at a Fort Lauderdale bar.
“Jaco” features commentaries from Sting, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ Flea, Carlos Santana and director Mike Figgis, among others.
Photo courtesy of Metallica.com