Guitar and Bass Monster Reunion at Iridium, NYC April 17th & 18th

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Bass master Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) makes a rare New York appearance with two virtuoso guitarists.

Stuart Hamm

Stuart Hamm

Hamm’s repertoire of originals and covers is extraordinarily varied, from bone crushing grooves to ethereal ballads.

Stu Hamm, known for his years of tenure with Joe Satriani, and one of the Great Bass Players is coming to New York City to play at the Iridium Club. Along with Jason Harrison Smith on drums, he has chosen two monster guitarists to front the gig, Bruce Arnold and Alex Skolnick. Both of these musicians have intense history with Stu; Alex Skolnick (considered one of the best Heavy Metal guitarists around) considers the road tour he did with Hamm back in 1991 to be a pivotal part of his musical journey, and as Guitar Guru Bruce Arnold says “Stu and I sharpened our teeth on each other way back when we were both students at Berklee.”

Hamm, Arnold and Skolnick are also on the faculty of the Guitar Intensive Workshop, (sponsored by the Bruce Arnold Foundation) a mobile learning environment that seeks to make great teachers more accessible to aspiring musicians.

Hamm’s repertoire of originals and covers is extraordinarily varied, from bone crushing grooves to ethereal ballads. And aside from brilliant playing, audiences will be treated to a side of Hamm that never reared its head during his years with Satriani: his singular hilarity and wit. In a part of the evening that is practically a one-man show, he recounts his life’s experiences interspersed with his own outrageously fluid bass accompaniment.

Alex and Bruce also have their own ensemble, along with guitarist Jane Getter, called the Eclectic Electric Guitar Trio (EEGT) and it is from this aggregate that they have developed an excellent musical interaction, and friendship. In addition Bruce coloring the music with loops, synthesizers and EFX all triggered by his guitar. This, combined with Stuart’s charismatic bass playing will make it two very memorable evenings.

The Iridium Club, (on 51st street and Broadway) also known affectionately as “The House That Les Paul Built” is the perfect place for this maestro of music to play, along with these two guitarists. Guitar magazine cited it as “the country’s best guitar club” due to its excellent sound system, comfortable environment, and the many famous musicians that stop in to play or just hear their pals play.

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