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Victor Wooten as impressive as ever at Yoshi’s

Though the bass guitar is not the tool of choice for flashy musicians, the few masters of its solo performance have won great devotion from fans of the instrument. Known for his masterful slap technique and expansive musical vocabulary, Victor Wooten may be the best electric bassist since Jaco Pastorius, who redefined the instrument’s possibilities in the 1970s. His performance last Saturday for a packed house at Yoshi’s in Oakland was as funky as they come.

Interview with jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke

On Saturday, jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke will take the stage at Dinkelspiel Auditorium with his trio – comprised of pianist John Beasley and drummer Mike Mitchell – for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Stanford Jazz Festival. In anticipation of the show, Intermission talked to Clarke about his upcoming performance, his approach to composition and the future of jazz.