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Discover events in: United States change location. Gerald Veasley's musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer and educator. His performance as a bassist has been top shelf, as his memorable work with the late, great Grover Washington Jr.
Cuban acoustic bassist Andy Gonzalez is next, with a short set of Afro-Cuban jazz featuring a small ensemble with percussion, piano and horns. His interview section is enlightening, as he discusses the key fundamentals to Cuban music, and he also speaks with the great Bobby Rodriguez, arguably the father of Cuban jazz bass, who receives a lifetime achievement award. What is remarkable about Prestia, saddled up beside so many overtly virtuoso bassists, is how groove is absolutely paramount.
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He really defined the bass player as a complete artist, not just a bass player, because he was writing all this amazing stuff for big bands and soloing like a horn player and grooving like nobody else. Since he died in from injuries suffered in an after-hours beating outside of a nightclub, countless words have been written about his impact on the bass community and on music as a whole. Many great tributes to Pastorius already exist on the web.