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Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014
Yamaha Artist Nathan East Touring Internationally
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2014 – Nathan East, whose self-titled debut solo album on Yamaha Entertainment Group debuted at No.1 and featured the No. 1 hit jazz single “Daft Funk,” is in the midst of an international tour which features his first-ever shows as a solo artist.
East, a renowned bassist who has performed on more than 2,000 records for artists including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Kenny Loggins and many others, will visit Korea, Japan, Russia, England, Denmark and Germany through September.
East played his debut shows as a solo artist in Seoul, Korea supported by his “Daft Funk” co-writer Michael Thompson, his brother James East, Jack Lee, Lewis Pragasam, Norihito Sumitomo and Philip Woo. While in Seoul, East performed on EBS Television, led a bass master class at Kyung Hee University and recorded with singer Woong San. View the photo gallery at http://4wrd.it/BBDHI
In Japan last week, East met up with the other three members of Fourplay (Bob James, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason) to perform at the Sapporo City Jazz Festival, then for two nights of shows at the Blue Note in Nagoya. Next stop was the Osaka Jazz Festival on Sept. 3. The group completed their tour of Japan with four nights (Sept. 5–8) at the legendary Tokyo Blue Note.
In Russia, East will perform and lead master clinics for the bass and music community there.
“I’m blessed to have this opportunity to meet some of my fellow bassists from around the world and share some of what I’ve learned over the years and also learn about them,” East said. “It’s always a pleasure to witness the international language of music bringing us all closer together.”
East will lead bass guitar master class sessions Sept. 13 and 14 during the (National Association of Music Merchants) NAMM Musikmesse in Moscow at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center. East will also perform in an all-star band featuring Yamaha Russia musicians.
In England, Denmark and Germany, East will perform and participate in Q&As and bass guitar clinics at music stores, in association with TC Electronic and Yamaha. East will discuss and demonstrate the TC Electronic bass amps, loopers and fx pedals he uses with his Signature Series Yamaha BBNE-2 5-string bass and Yamaha TRB 6-string bass and SLB-200 silent bass guitars. East has been a Yamaha musician for nearly his entire career and will talk about the bass guitars he uses and has helped create throughout the last three decades. Each free show begins locally at 7 p.m. (19:00) with limited space so musicians are asked to please book their attendance directly with each dealer below.
Monday, Sept. 15 Birmingham, England – PMT: Professional Music Technology store
136 Lawley Middleway, phone: 0121 359 5056
Tuesday, Sept. 16 Brighton, England – GAK store in East Sussex
66 & 76-81 North Road, phone: 01273 665400
Thursday, Sept. 18 Copenhagen, Denmark – 4Sound store Copenhagen, Denmark
Landemaerket 27-29 Åbenrå 1-3, phone: 33 18 1900
Friday, Sept. 19 Berlin, Germany – Just Music store
Oranienstr, phone: 030 88 77 55 11
In addition to the four workshops listed above, East will also perform at Thomann’s Bass Day. The clinic, which begins at 1 p.m. (13:00) is part of an entire day of bass guitar on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Thomann store in Ortsteil Treppendorf, Germany (Treppendorf 30 D-96138 Burgebrach, phone: 49 9546 922355). http://www.thomann.de/de/compino_route.html; https://www.facebook.com/events/709345345804815
“Through various bass guitar clinics and his online school, Nathan has been a mentor to many musicians for many years,” said Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder & VP. “Yamaha is proud to support him in these endeavors.” www.NathanEastBass.com
Nathan East, produced by Gero and East, features collaborations with Eric Clapton (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), Stevie Wonder ("Overjoyed"), Michael McDonald ("Moondance"), Sara Bareilles ("I Can Let Go Now"), Ray Parker Jr. ("Daft Funk"), Bob James and Chuck Loeb of Fourplay, David Paich of Toto and more. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and went to No. 1 on the iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Jazz album charts. Nathan East, which is No. 1 at SmoothJazz.com for an unprecedented 30 weeks, features second single, “101 Eastbound,” currently at No. 11 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart.
East, who picked up the bass in high school and went on the road with Barry White at the age of 16, is one of the most recorded musicians in history and has played on songs recorded by Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, David Foster, Anita Baker and many more. www.NathanEast.com
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photo caption: Nathan East plays his debut shows as a solo artist in Seoul, Korea Aug. 26–29, supported by his band (l-r) his brother James East, Jack Lee, Nathan East, his “Daft Funk” co-writer Michael Thompson, Philip Woo, Lewis Pragasam and Norihito Sumitomo.