Juan, Omar & Thomas to Pay Tribute to 2 Greats

On Saturday evening October 24 at 8:00 p.m., Juan Alderete, Thomas Pridgen and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta will perform at a concert at Hollywood’s Key Club which will include a presentation of Bass Player magazine's Lifetime Achievement Awards to jazz legend Charlie Haden and R&B legend Rocco Prestia. Haden (in duo with pianist Alan Broadbent) and Prestia (backed by Tower Of Power bandmates Dave Garibaldi, Larry Braggs, Mark Harper and Roger Smith) will also perform, and the show will end with the annual All Star Jam, led by Steve Bailey.

Revered as among the greatest bass players in jazz history who became a legend at nineteen years old as a member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet that redefined jazz in the 50s and early 60s, Charlie Haden is the subject of a new documentary, Rambling Boy which will be screened at Bass Player LIVE! on Friday, October 23 at Musician’s Institute. The film begins with the session in which he and his children record Haden’s latest album interspersed with flashbacks of his own childhood performances and then traces Haden’s many accomplishments in a series of fascinating chapters.

A true living legend of the groove, Rocco Prestia has invested over 40 years defining fingerstyle funk with Tower Of Power on such pocket anthems as “What Is Hip?,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” “Soul Vaccination.” “Squib Cakes,” Only So Much Oil in the Ground,” and “Credit.” The Sonara, California-born, Fremont-raised Prestia started on guitar and switched to bass soon after joining T.O.P., at age 14. Just prior to the group’s 1970 album debut, drummer Dave Garibaldi arrived, creating an incendiary pairing with Prestia that forever changed the concept of rhythm section. 18 T.O.P. albums, various instructional packages, and one solo CD later, Rocco remains a feel force, as he tours with the iconic 10-piece horn band in support of its latest effort, The Great American Soul Book.

One of rock and roll’s most profound and proficient bands, The Mars Volta blends progressive and experimental rock, jazz-fusion, Latin and salsa into their Grammy-winning sound. Formed in 2001, the sextet has played sold-out shows globally, including headlining Bonnaroo and opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as appearing on Late Night with David Letterman. Their critically-acclaimed fifth studio album, Ochtahedron, was released in 2008. The band’s key members—bass hero Juan Alderete, drum deity Thomas Pridgen and guitar god Omar Rodriguez-Lopez—will bring their unmistakable Volta vision, as well as the funked-up flavors of Alderete’s solo project, vato Negro, to their Bass Player LIVE! set.

Tickets for clinics and exhibits at SIR Studios, Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and for the concert at the Key Club located at 9039 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) can be purchased online: http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/search.php. More information about the event can be found at http://www.bassplayerlive.com

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