2015 NAMM Yamaha Show

by on Mar.03, 2015, under News, Videos

NAMM Yamaha Show: Jamie Cullum, Bob James, Nathan East, and Chris Gero perform at NAMM 2015, held in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of January.

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Fourplay Records 25th Anniversary Album at Sunset Sound

by on Mar.03, 2015, under News, Photos

IMG_1857February found Fourplay back together in the studio to record their 25th Anniversary album, Silver, at the place where it all began…Sunset Sound.

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Japan Release of ‘LIVE at the Milliken Auditorium’

by on Feb.26, 2015, under News

Bob James - Live at the Milliken Auditorium - Album Cover

Get the newest from Bob James, LIVE at the Milliken Auditiorium!

 Official Japan release date is February 28, 2015.

Japan Dates
February 28: Yamagata – Terrsa Hall
March 1: Tokyo – Cotton Club
March 3: Yokohama – Motion Blue
March 5-7: Tokyo – Blue Note

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You Know the Music…Now Meet the Man

by on Feb.25, 2015, under News, Press &Reviews

Nathan East guitar

You’ve heard Nathan East play bass guitar before.
At least it’s very, very likely you have.

East is a session bass player without equal. He’s performed on more than 2,000 recordings with a list of artists that includes Michael Jackson — on the “Bad” album — Phil Collins, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Eric Clapton and hundreds more.

He was even one of the composers of “Get Lucky,” a worldwide hit for Daft Punk.

“It’s been one of those careers where I just wake up every day and pinch myself,” he says.

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Bob James & Nathan East Performance @ NAMM

by on Feb.19, 2015, under News, Photos

The Group

Bob James and Nathan East met up at NAMM at the end of January to get together with some friends. 

Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the start studded weekend long event presented the opportunity for some terrific collaborations.

Including a special performance featuring Jamie Cullum, Bob James, Nathan East, and Chris Gero in on the act.

Check some of the photos from the show below!

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At the Grammys with Chuck Loeb

by on Feb.11, 2015, under News

Red Carpet Loeb

Chuck Loeb strolled across the red carpet at the 2015 Grammy Awards, after being nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Jazz Funk Soul. (continue reading…)

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Nathan East’s Grammy Performance

by on Feb.10, 2015, under News, Photos

1506950_806130172758023_7339022737053963518_nOn Sunday, Nathan East performed at the Grammys for the second straight year, this time celebrating his own hugely successful debut solo album.

Nathan performed with an all-star jazz quartet with Robert Glasper, Billy Hart and Joe Lovano at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Franklin-based label scores unlikely Grammy nomination

by on Feb.07, 2015, under News, Press &Reviews

TN Article

After more than 1,500 recording credits, bass player Nathan East earned a Grammy nomination for his debut solo album on Franklin-based label Yamaha Entertainment Group.

Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Phil Collins, Wynonna Judd, Eric Clapton and Daft Punk are each linked by another, lesser-known, legend — Grammy-nominated artist Nathan East.

With a genre-spanning career and a track record of supporting music industry legends, the 58-year-old East already had an unrivaled career as a bass player before he partnered with Franklin-based Yamaha Entertainment Group for his first solo album. The album, titled “Nathan East,” is nominated for best contemporary instrumental jazz album.

While it marked East’s first album as a solo artist, he has more than 2,000 record credits to his name, making him one of, if not the most, recorded musicians ever. The Grammy recognition also represents validation for East’s record label home, Yamaha Entertainment Group, which is a division of the leading instrument company Yamaha Corporation of America.

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GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony Performers & Presenters Announced!

by on Feb.07, 2015, under News

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT, and present the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories. The ceremony will be hosted by current GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes and will stream live internationally at

Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony will feature performances by current nominees Angie Fisher, Cheyenne Jackson & Alexandra Silber, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ana Tijoux, and an all-star jazz quartet featuring Nathan East, Robert Glasper, Billy Hart, and Joe Lovano. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be current nominees Rosanne Cash, Gloria Gaynor, Hilary Hahn, Smokie Norful, and John Waters as well as five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam.

Hayes is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Invisible.” He has received four previous GRAMMY nominations.

East, Fisher, Hart, Jackson & Silber, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Tijoux each have one nod: East for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Nathan East; Fisher for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “I.R.S.”; Hart for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Enjoy The View; Jackson & Silber for Best Musical Theater Album for West Side Story; Old Crow Medicine Show for Best Folk Album for Remedy; and Tijoux for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album for Vengo.

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Bassman Nathan East is Tech: Hotel Recording between Pillows…

by on Feb.04, 2015, under News, Press &Reviews


ANAHEIM, Calif. – You surely know the music of Nathan East, one of the most recorded bass players in history, who has played with everyone from Michael Jackson and Daft Punk to Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

East, who was inducted into the National Association of Music Merchants TEC Awards hall of Fame this weekend, for technical excellence, sat down with us over the weekend to discuss how technology has changed the way he cuts bass lines for records and teaches bass.

“I record anywhere now, from backstage, my hotel room, even a few minutes before the gig starts,” East told us.


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