Nathan East Listens to the Magic Bus!

Nathan East (www.nathaneast.com) is recognized as one of the most celebrated, eclectic, and in-demand bass guitarists of the past 35 years. Nathan has played with legendary artists including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Chaka Khan, and many more, and is a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Fourplay. Most recently, he was featured on Daft Punk's GRAMMY-winning hit "Get Lucky", which he performed at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.


Nathan’s much anticipated, and newly released album, Nathan East, features 13 instrumental and vocal compositions, including covers of the Beatles' "Yesterday," Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" and Pat Metheny's "Letter From Home." The album also features collaborations with keyboardist Bob James, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Michael McDonald, guitarist Chuck Loeb, and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles. This sensational album is presently #6 on the billboard contemporary jazz charts.

I’ve been a longtime fan of Fourplay (www.fourplayjazz.com), and a decades-long admirer of Nathan’s brother, James, also a superb bassist. I frequently enjoyed seeing James play with guitar virtuoso, Larry Mitchell (www.larrymitchell.com), and creative singer/songwriter Chuck Perrin (www.chuckperrin.com). Back in November of 2012, after a Fourplay concert at Anthology in San Diego, I had the good fortune of meeting Nathan and the members of Fourplay after the concert. They all graciously came out and autographed the Magic Bus. Nathan, so enamored by the sonic beauty of the Magic Bus, not only listened to it for about an hour (into the wee hours of the morning), he coerced his recording engineer, Ken Freeman, to also listen to it!




Recently, Nathan East toured through his hometown of San Diego, visiting selected Guitar Centers throughout the city where he delighted audiences with discussion about highlights of his career, and by playing a few songs from his new album. I attended Nathan’s appearance at the Guitar Center in San Marcos on Thursday, May 8, 2014, which was packed with fans. I was in the front row, only a few feet from Nathan. Listening to Nathan humbly describe his illustrious career was a highlight for me. It was particularly heartwarming to see Nathan acknowledge a couple of his mentors, which included Bertram Turetzky (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertram_Turetzkyand Gunnar Biggs (www.gunnarbiggs.com, who was in the audience). Nathan also invited world-renowned guitarist Peter Sprague (www.petersprague.com) to join him on stage, along with sensational drummer, Duncan Moore (www.duncanmoore.net). Watching my favorite musicians, who have also honored the Magic Bus with their autographs, play with Nathan was moving and uplifting. Needless to say, the musicianship was revelatory, and it was a night I’ll never forget!

After the presentation, Nathan graciously signed CDs and posters, and took photographs with fans. I patiently waited in the long line to get my chance to meet him again. Finally, when I met Nathan, I asked him if he’d like to hear his new album (downloaded from HDTracks.com in high-resolution audio in 48 kHz - 24 bit) in the Magic Bus. Nathan obliged, and he urged his representatives from Yamaha Entertainment Group, to join us. Among the many songs we enjoyed was “Sir Duke” and “Daft Funk”. It was flattering that Nathan liked it loud (probably over 110 dB!) and all he could say was “Wow!”. I’ve included a few pictures to commemorate the evening.

 


Notably, the Magic Bus is the only audio system in the world (to my knowledge) that is extensively autographed by GRAMMY and Emmy award-winning, and otherwise famous and talented musicians. To date, I've acquired over 250 musicians' autographs, and continue to acquire more. I consider the Magic Bus a “rolling shrine” and a tribute to the musicians who light up our lives with harmony and sound.

The world-famous Magic Bus will be available for you to see and hear at The Home Entertainment Show Newport Beach, or "T.H.E. Show Newport" for short, at the Hilton Hotel in Irvine, CA, on May 30 through June 1, 2014, inclusive (www.theshownewport.com).  

I’ll also deliver a presentation about the Magic Bus entitled, Too Much, Magic Bus! A Historical Retrospective of Milestones in Mobile Audio, on Saturday, May 31, 2014, noon to 1:00 p.m., and again on Sunday, June 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Jon Whitledge
May 17, 2014






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