Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey will be joined by acclaimed drummers J.D. Blair and Derico Watson for an evening of funk and jazz. The concert will feature music from Wooten and Bailey’s award-winning duo, Bass Extremes, as well as selections from their respective solo CD's. The evening, part of the three-day
Summer Bass Bash takes place on Saturday, June 14 at 8:15 p.m., at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave. Boston. General admission tickets are $8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show. Purchase tickets at berkleebpc.com, call 617 747-2261 or visit the BPC Box Office.
Victor Wooten is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a five-time Grammy Award-winner, and has graced the covers of bass magazines the world over. He has been voted Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine readers more often than anyone alive and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician/producer. His novel, The Music Lesson, has been translated to several languages and is integrated into Berklee’s core curriculum. His most recent releases, Words and Tones, a vocal album, and Swords and Stones, an instrumental album, both appeared in the top 10 of the iTunes music charts.
Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee’s Bass Department, has toured and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Carlton, and the Rippingtons— and all points in between. He has performed concerts and clinics all over the world, and, for over 20 years, has partnered with fellow bassist Victor Wooten in numerous projects, including the cutting edge group Bass Extremes. Most recently, he has been touring with bass legends Lee Sklar and Jonas Hellborg in the three bass group JoStLe, as well as with Wooten, supporting his latest releases, Words and Tones, and Sword and Stone.
J. D. Blair’s credo boils down to this: groove and praise to God. For more than forty years, that is exactly what Blair has done. His work, which began at church, reaches across all musical genres. As he has lived a large part of his life in the South, it was inevitable that country music would eventually come calling. Blair has played with some of the biggest names in country music, including Wynonna Judd, Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain. Blair has received many awards for his accomplishments, including Drum! magazine’s Country Drummer of the Year. He also has been awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Spring of 2011 saw Blair and Victor Wooten out as a duo promoting their 2 Minds, 1 Groove Tour in Europe.
Derico Watson hails from Muskeegan, Michigan, and is an accomplished educator and clinician who has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Victor Wooten, George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He has also toured with Marvin Sapp, the Dynamites, Stacie Orrico, SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten), and the Derico Watson Group, which has appeared with James Brown, Spyro Gyra, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Watson also has presented drum clinics and master classes at Berklee, PASIC, the Montreal Drum Fest and the Mexico City Drum Festival.
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