Daft Punk to Perform with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys | Nathan East Joining


By Miriam Coleman January 5, 2014 5:41 PM ET Daft Punk may have been laying low since releasing their smash hit album Random Access Memories this past May, but they’re making their first live performance in support of the album a truly memorable one. Stevie Wonder is set to team up with the electronic duo when they perform […]

Nathan East to Join Eric Clapton’s Touring Band


Guitar legend Eric Clapton has once again recruited bass giant Nathan East to his touring band. East, who played with Clapton from 1984 to 2004, will be hitting the road with the former Cream guitarist in 2014, starting in Japan. The rest of the band includes keyboardists Chris Stainton and Paul Carrack, vocalists Michelle John and Sharon […]

Nathan East Completes Debut Solo Album


Former San Diego bass great Nathan East has performed on more albums than almost any other bassist in the past 30 years. His recording partners have included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Whitney Houston, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Joe Satriani, Kenny Loggins and literally hundreds more. This summer, […]

Daft Punk Bassist Nathan East Readies Solo Debut


He has played and/or performed with everyone from Toto, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Eric Clapton, Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli and Daft Punk. Now popular session bassist Nathan East is recording his first solo album. The yet-untitled set — the first in a planned two-volume project — is due March 25, 2014 from Yamaha Entertainment […]

The 60 greatest bassists of all time

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NOTE: Full article may be viewed here. With a glittering CV including live, studio and writing collaborations with such diverse artists as Eric Clapton, Usher, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, to name but a few, Yamaha signature artist East as the go-to bass guy for more A-listers than you […]

'Africa' by Toto Lives On After 30 Years


In the opening line of the song Africa by Toto, David Paich sings: “I hear the drums echoing tonight…” Those drums are still echoing loud and clear on this month’s 30th anniversary of Africa reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1983 worldwide hit was written by Toto keyboardist David Paich, along with drummer Jeff Porcaro, who died […]

Elton John, Sarah McLachlan stand out at Yamaha event in Anaheim

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[By BEN WENER / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER] It’s the sort of eclectic hodgepodge you usually only find at disaster-relief benefits, Kennedy Center tributes and Olympic ceremonies. Friday night it was next door to the NAMM convention in the Arabesque Hollywood corner of Disney California Adventure, where kids normally see the “Aladdin” show. The occasion: the 125th […]

Clapton Unplugged

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NOTE: Click here to listen to interview. Paul Gambaccini is back with the award-winning series to re-visit two occasions on which a classic live album was recorded. He hears from those who were there, on-stage, backstage and in the audience, to re-create the event for all of us who, each time we play the album, […]

Jazz Monthly Feature Interview: Fourplay


Heading into their third decade of making multi-faceted recordings that perfectly blend pop accessibility, rhythmic R&B and colorful jazz improvisations, Fourplay in 2010 issued a challenge to their listeners on their second Heads Up date: Let’s Touch The Sky. This project marked the group’s first with Chuck Loeb, a veteran jazz guitarist whose resume includes everyone fromStan […]