Saturday’s concert featured Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller presenting the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award to Stanley Clarke. They followed the awards presentation with a historic performance featuring all three bassists on Clarke’s famous song, “School Days.” Clarke joined an elite group of Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, including jazz great Ron Carter, Cream bassist Jack Bruce, session superstars Anthony Jackson and Will Lee, and Atlantic session veteran Jerry Jemmott.
Headlining the Saturday night’s concert was Bx3, the super bass trio of Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin, and Stuart Hamm.
In addition to Wooten, Miller, Sheehan, Berlin, Hamm, and Clarke, the all-star roster of clinicians included Beck bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson, Paul Simon bassist Bakithi Kumalo, former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, Steven Curtis Chapman bassist Adam Nitti, Beyoncé bassist MC Divinity, jazz greats Victor Bailey, Chris Mihn Doky, Ruben Rodriguez, Gerald Veasley, Bryan Beller, Steve Bailey, and Mark Egan. Bass Player magazine’s editors were on hand to conduct interviews, present workshops, and answer questions.
With gear exhibits, live performances, and lessons for every skill level, Bass Player LIVE! provided bassists and other musicians a unique opportunity to learn from top professionals, improve their skills and knowledge, and get hands-on experience with the most up-to-date bass gear.
Exhibitors and co-sponsors included Alleva-Coppolo Basses, Brooklyn Gear, D’Addario, David Gage String Instruments, DR Music, Dunlop, EBS, Edge of Chinatown, Epifani Custom Sound, Five Towns College, Fodera, Genz Benz Enclosures, Godlyke, Hartke, M Basses, Mark Bass, Mesa Boogie, MTD, Peavey, Pedulla, Pigtronix, Pensa Guitars, Roland, Rudy’s Music, Sage Guitars, Sam Ash, Simmons Guitars, Slapit.com, Spector Basses, Tech 21, The Collective, The Groove Shoppe, Trace Elliot, and Warrior Instruments.
For more information, please go to www.bassplayerlive.com.