Little Kids Rock to Honor Joan Jett at Annual Benefit

Little Kids Rock will host its sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, honoring Joan Jett and her music. The annual event, this year presented by Guitar Center and produced by Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 at New York’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, a longstanding supporter of Little Kids Rock and a 2014 event sponsor. Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle, Mike Ness, Jake Clemons, and other special guests will make up the all-star roster of musicians that will pay tribute to Jett with musical performances, produced by Steven Van Zandt.

Hurley and Fender Present ‘Strat: 60 Years of the Stratocaster’

Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender® will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the Stratocaster on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives.

“STRAT: 60 Years of the Stratocaster” is a collaboration between the two unique brands and pays homage to the iconic Fender Stratocaster® guitar as it embarks on its seventh decade of existence. Each Strat® guitar will include individual designs and artwork by a featured artist and will be auctioned on eBay, October 22 through November 1. Proceeds will benefit Waves For Water, an organization that brings access to potable water to nations in need.

Zildjian Sponsors 10th Year of Berklee Artist-in-Residence Program with Aaron Spears

Zildjian and the Berklee College of Music recently concluded the 10th year of the Armand Zildjian Artist in Residence Program. This year’s guest Zildjian artist was Gospel drumming phenom and Usher sideman Aaron Spears.

The Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence was created by the Zildjian family in recognition of Armand’s tireless efforts in the promotion of percussive music, principally through the manufacturing of the world-class Zildjian cymbals and the promotion of talented artists. The purpose of the program is to provide Berklee students an opportunity to learn from recognized drummers in a wide range of genres. Past artists-in-residence have included Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, and Antonio Sanchez.

Faber Announces Publishing Partnership with Lang Lang to be Distributed by Alfred

Alfred Music recently announced the USA launch of mastering the piano, the first series of books from Faber Music as part of their major new piano program: Lang Lang Piano Academy. The series will be distributed exclusively in North America, Canada and South America by Alfred Music. Mastering the piano comprises of five progressive books for teachers and students in which Lang Lang, one of the world’s most prolific and high-profile recording artists, explores and develops piano technique for young players. This is the first time Lang Lang has worked with a music publisher anywhere in the world and the distribution of this series initiates an ongoing collaboration between Lang Lang, Faber Music, and Alfred Music through the Lang Lang Piano Academy.

NAMM TEC Awards Celebrates 30 Years and Inducts Nathan East & Ed Cherney into Hall of Fame

The NAMM Foundation will induct revered engineer -mixologist Ed Cherney and bassist Nathan East into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards show, to be held Saturday, January 24th in Anaheim, Calif. Nominees across thirty creative and technical categories have also been announced for the NAMM TEC Awards, the longest-running awards show that specifically recognizes outstanding achievement in audio product innovation and sound production.  

Trade Regrets: Paul Craft

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Paul Craft passed away this past Saturday at the age of 76.

Prior to hitting his stride as a songwriter, he ran Paul Craft’s Music and Drum City in Memphis, Tennessee. Songs penned by Craft have been performed by the likes of Mark Chestnut, T. Graham Brown, Ray Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and Alison Krauss, among many others.  

Serious Blues Series from Alfred Music

Alfred Music's Serious Blues series features book and DVD packs for aspiring blues guitarists in search of an authentic sound. Each title features lessons from blues masters with licks and examples in both standard notation and TAB. For experienced beginners, Scott A. Smith’s Serious Blues: Essential Phrasing teaches phrasing techniques and tricks like solo construction, phrasing over a 12-bar blues, the blues scale, pentatonic box patterns, and playing multiple scales over a single chord. Mark Dziuba’s Serious Blues: Expanding Grooves helps intermediate guitarists expand their groove palette.

Waves Audio DiGiGrid Advanced Audio Interfaces

DiGiGrid is a collaboration between Waves and DiGiCo to create SoundGrid-based studio hardware including a full line of I/Os with world-class converters, award winning pre-amps, headphone amplification, built-in DSP Servers and network switches. For Native DAW users, DiGiGrid provides real-time low-latency processing. For Pro Tools users, DiGiGrid increases processing power, accommodating higher track counts and networking capabilities with the Waves SoundGrid platform.

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