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Jason Raso

Stuart Hamm: Bass Hero


Stuart Hamm is a bona fide bass hero! His work with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai cemented his reputation as a groundbreaking bassist. His solo career established him as one of the most recognizable voices in bass. It would be easy to focus on Hamm’s jaw dropping technical prowess but above all, Stuart is a brilliant composer and musician.

Stuart is bringing his talents to Canada this summer on two different tours.

Songs and Stories is a chance to see Hamm in a solo bass setting. He describes the show as “an entertaining musical journey! I play music and tell stories about my life in music, not just for bass geeks! My best performances have been in front of music lovers who did not know who I was and had no preconceptions. I guarantee you will be entertained, and hopefully inspired!”

The Stu Hamm Rock Experience is an opportunity to catch Stu in a power trio setting. Stu says “this will very much be a rock band! I’m bringing a kick ass rock drummer named Jeff Bowders and a real Korean guitar sensation Kim SeHwang. We’ll be playing the greatest hits from my catalog and some surprise songs of my best known tracks from Vai and Satch. A very entertaining and rocking show!”

Catch him at one of the following dates…

June 9th – Ottawa – Brass Monkey (Songs and Stories)

June 10th – London – London Music Club (Songs and Stories)

July 4th – Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern (Stu Hamm Rock Experience)


Mr. Hamm was kind enough to answer a few questions before the tour started…

JR: When did you start playing and who were your early influences?

SH: I come from a family of musicians, so I grew up listening to and playing lots of different music. I got my first bass for Christmas in 1973 and played it as well as upright in my school’s Big Band, reading jazz charts and swinging. When I first heard “Roundabout” I went nuts! My early influences were McCartney, Squire and Entwistle. Then Stanley Clarke and Jeff Berlin. Then, on November 8th, 1978 I saw Weather Report, and of course, Jaco changed my life!

JR: At what point do you feel you came into your own as a player?

SH: As soon as I started playing bass I knew that I had found the instrument for me and knew what I would do with my life. It was a very exciting time for bass players, things were changing so quickly. When I was a kid, hardly anyone slapped or played chords and harmonics, and NOBODY tapped! So I was among the first of that era to put it all together.

JR: Which non-bass player has had the biggest impact on you as a musician?

SH: Glenn Gould without a doubt. A fine Canadian as well! I listen to Glenn everyday. Miles Davis and Claude Debussy and recently, Arvo Pärt as well, but G.G. is my muse.


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