Extra special video from this year’s show includes Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Robert Trujillo (with Jaco’s kids!), Chris Squire and many other bass superstars!
Another late October weekend means another great Bass Player Live! event at SIR Studios in Hollywood, CA. Once again, FBPO was there!
This year’s two-day bassfest, October 20-21, included everything from a “Groove Therapy” session with Alphonso Johnson to clinics by the ever-versatile Marco Mendoza, legendary groovemeister Nathan East and “pick maniac” Bobby Vega. Other noteworthy breakouts included a one-on-one interview and book signing from Duran Duran’s John Taylor; real-world advice from The Tonight Show’s Rickey Minor; Jerry Watts leading the John Daversa Big Band; “dueling metal basses” with Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Anthrax’s Frank Bello; and Janek Gwizdala, leading a discussion with Juan Alderete and Damian Erskine about marketing in the digital age – in conjunction with a ceremonial celebration of the release of Gwizdala’s new eBook, You’re a Musician. Now What?
Conforming to BPL tradition, interviews were conducted in front of standing-room-only audiences, with this year’s Lifetime Achievement honorees, Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Chris Squire, founder of the rock supergroup Yes. Appreciation tributes to the recently departed Bob Babbitt and Donald “Duck” Dunn also took place, hosted by Phil Chen.
The highlight of BPL-12 was a very powerful and moving tribute to the late bass giant Jaco Pastorius, including a sneak preview of the trailer to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s forthcoming documentary about Jaco’s life, tentatively titled simply Jaco. Trujillo, along with three of Jaco’s children, Johnny, Julius and Mary, recalled Jaco the man, as well as the story behind the recovery Jaco’s famed “Bass of Doom,” in an often emotional conversation, moderated by Steve Bailey.
As usual, the SIR exhibit hall was in full swing, exuding the typical strong and sturdy rumblefest brought about by incessant demonstrations of all things bass. This year’s exhibitors included everyone from Aguilar, Benavente and Carvin to Tech 21, Warwick and Yamaha.