... at the Musician's Union Local 6 . The event was sponsored by the Northern California Bass Club and the International Society of Bassists, Organizations which I'm seriously considering joining. Actually, Benny Rietveld was the bassist who was slated to appear, but he had to cancel because he had to do a recording session with Santana, his regular gig. I've seen Benny a couple of times, but never in a solo setting. I've seen Michael far more times than I've seen Benny, but seeing him again did not hurt at all. Michael brought his two famous Hyperbasses and BOB, his headless fretted Zon. It was sort of like a clinic, with Q&As about Michael's influences and approach to playing. He also ripped through an impromptu version of Giant Steps like it was nothing. Michael also played "La Sagrada Familia" and "The Enormous Room". After his gig, I talked to Michael and learned that he is no longer a columnist for Bass Player magazine, which means, hold on to your hats, <marquee>We could have Michael back as a TalkBass Pro!!!!!! </marquee> Now, don't get too excited. Also, please don't pester Michael with any unsolicited e-mails. Whether he'd like to do it or not is entirely up to him and I think we should let Paul do the talking. Since SWR is making a financial contribution to TalkBass and Michael endorses SWR, Not to mention the fact that Joe Zon is one of the resident Luthiers in our Luthier's Forum and Michael plays Zon basses, His return would be poetic justice worthy of Shakespeare. By the way, Rufus Reid also did a workshop after Michael. You can read about it here.