... 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. In the period of an hour and a half, Rufus answered a lot of questions from the audience and lectured on the requirements to become an, to use RR's terminology, an Evolving bassist. Also, he covered subjects, such as how the standard of excellence has been raised in the past 20 years for electric bassists, pointing out that Jimy Blanton had had a similar impact on the upright years before Jaco & Stanley took up the electric. The subject of the Electric bass came up because Michael Manring did a clinic before him. If you care, You can read about it here. Rufus played a couple of solo pieces first, Using sliding harmonic double stops (!) and his bowing was also beautiful. If you care to ask any questions, I might remember more, but being the Electric fanatic that I am, Manring stood out more. Still, it was my first time seein RR and I'd like to recommend the experience to anyone who hasn't seen him yet. Oops, I remembered one thing he said, which was always play your best, no matter what kind of gig it is because you never know who is listening. He said he got a sideman gig with a major jazz artist who heard his work on a Jamey Aebersold record!