Stu Hamm To Embark On “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016”

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Bass legend Stu Hamm will be embarking on his “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016” first of June! Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing, Stu Hamm - the only bassist to win Guitar Player magazine's readers award for both best rock bassist AND best jazz bassist in the same year! - has made a name as the go to bass player for the world’s great musicians. His time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani cemented his place among the greats and gave Stu the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.

    Now promoting the release of his newest solo album “The Book Of Lies,” Hamm takes to the road with new music, including his petite suite for solo bass, and a host of stories and anecdotes for musicians and non-musicians alike. A gut rumbling mix of new and old hits mixed with Stu’s trademark humor and story-telling make for a unique show like no other.

    Says Stu, “I promise an entertaining evening of music and stories from my 43 years of playing bass with some of our generation's' greatest musicians!”

    Songs & Stories Tour 2016

    June 2, 2016 – US – New Hope, PA – Havana
    June 3, 2016 – US – Schenectady, NY – The Van Dyck
    June 4, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Masterclass at 2pm)
    June 5, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Shows at 6PM & 8PM)
    June 6, 2016 – US – Asbury Park, NH – The Saint
    June 7, 2016 – US – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy & Dukes (Presented by NJ ProgHouse)
    June 8, 2016 – US – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmens Tavern
    June 9, 2016 – CA – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
    June 10, 2016 – CA – London, ON – London Music Club
    June 12, 2016 – US – Detroit, MI – The Token Lounge
    June 13, 2016 – US – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
    June 14, 2016 – US – Cleveland, OH – Nighttown
    June 16, 2016 – US – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
    June 17, 2016 – US – Pittsburgh, PA – PGH Winery

    Stu Hamm 2016 tour poster.jpg

    Born in New Orleans, Hamm spent his childhood and youth in Champaign, Illinois, where he studied bass and piano, played in the stage band at Champaign Central High School, and was selected to the Illinois All-State Band. Hamm graduated from Hanover High in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1978 while living in Norwich, Vermont. Following high school, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met guitarist Steve Vai and, through him, met Joe Satriani. Hamm played bass on Vai's debut solo album, Flex-Able, which was released in 1984. In 1990 Hamm was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Degree from his Alma Mater.

    Hamm has performed and recorded with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Michael Shenker, Frank Gambale, and many other well-respected guitarists. It was playing live on tour with Satriani that brought Hamm's skills to national attention. Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other
    rock/fusion artists, along with the release of his own solo recordings (featuring keyboard player Tommy Mars, guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp, drummers Steve Smith and Tommy Lee), solidified his reputation as a bassist and performer.

    Hamm has traveled the world from Berklee to Belfast to Budapest to Bali to Berlin. He's performed in a 19th century circus tent with Joan Baez, and recorded a duet of “Do Right Woman” with her. He's performed with Mick Jagger, played sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall and in front of 120,000 people in Mexico City with a Mexican Rock Band...he's also played cruise ships, weddings and put on a tux and played Christmas Songs at department stores and in between the airport transfers, hotel suite check-outs, backstage room dinners, and concert hall performances, has collected countless stories and anecdotes from his travels across the globe.

    “Chaos and calm were the order of the day at Yoshi’s on this fine Martin Luther King Jr. holiday evening in Oakland, courtesy of the Stu Hamm Band. Hamm the extraordinary bass player who has performed and recorded with some of the most fabled guitarists in the world (Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai) brought his band to Yoshi’s to support his latest solo offering “The Book Of Lies” (his seventh solo record). Stu Hamm Hamm, who has played some of the largest festivals in the world, showed he is very comfortable in an intimate club setting, as he easily bantered with the audience telling stories and cracking jokes between fits of musical wizardry.” - SF Sonic

    Live Videos:

    stu hamm bass solo - YouTube

    For more information:
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  2. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    He looks like my aunt these days.
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  3. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Central Virginia
    Not everyone ages well. Hop over to for more pain.
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  4. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    It would be nice to see him live again, but I don't see any dates for California :-(
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  5. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Saw him doing this show last here at a local VERY SMALL venue that has dinner & band/musician events. The owner is a retired(?) musician and has bass experience in his past. Very good show, we were at a table on the right side(stage left) about 15 feet from him. He does the "sell CD's, take pictures, etc" thing on a break or after the show depending on the size of the audience(IMO). Worth the price of admission.

    Note: he was "upset" that I had some basses with Kahler trems even though he could clearly do some of his bend-the-string-at-the-headstock and other abuses of the bass to get pitchbend. Kahler's work when set up correctly and they don't abuse the bass of gamble on not snapping off a headstock.
  6. I'd love to go, but he picked the wrong day to be in Cleveland. That's game 6 of the NBA finals. Watch a potential world championship, or Stu Hamm? We Clevelanders have our priorities.
  7. progmanjum


    Feb 17, 2009
    Well shoot. I guess I will have to return my ticket for the Buffalo show.
  8. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Why would you want to do that now that you seem to have bought them?
    Would you at least get a full refund?
  9. plong123

    plong123 All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

    Nov 19, 2012
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    Pick me up in Columbus the night before and we'll hit Newport! Also, Go Cavs
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  10. Second half of the tour:

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  11. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Oh cool, at least he's heading over the the west coast. Might have a chance to see him :)
  12. Papazita


    Jun 27, 2008
    For anyone interested & in the Ohio area, he'll be making a stop at Larry's Music in Wooster in between his Cleveland & Charleston shows.

    Correction: Make that Larry's Music in Wadsworth, Ohio. I didn't realize they had more than one location.
  13. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Exactly. Cant miss those Dubs.
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  14. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA