Fans of guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will recognize the name, as will any learned bassist. Stu Hamm rose to fame performing with Satriani’s band for a decade, and on June 3, Hamm brings his solo act to the Van Dyck in Schenectady.
Hamm’s tour is a true solo run in support of his latest album, The Book of Lies. In addition to the Schenectady stop, Hamm’s brief stint also includes shows in New York City and Buffalo.
Hamm met Steve Vai while both were students at Berklee in Boston; he met Satriani as a result of his relationship with Vai and rose to fame as a member of his band. Hamm played on Vai’s first solo album, Flex-Able, in 1984 and went on to record with Satriani on his seminal ’80s albums Dreaming #11 and Flying in a Blue Dream.
Throughout his career, Hamm has recorded with such guitar luminaries as Eric Johnson, Michael Schenker, Frank Gambale, Alan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp. Another claim to fame is being named both best rock bassist and jazz bassist in the same year by Guitar Player magazine.
Expect a mix of bass virtuosity and humorous storytelling when Hamm hits the stage. In a statement, Hamm said, “I promise an entertaining evening of music and stories from my 43 years of playing bass with some of our generation’s greatest musicians!”
Check him out a venue near you this month.
Songs and Stories Tour 2016:
6/2 – New Hope, PA – Havana
6/3 – Schenectady, NY – The Van Dyck
6/4 – New York, NY – Spectrum (Masterclass at 2 p.m.)
6/5 – New York, NY – Spectrum (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
6/6 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
6/7 – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy and Dukes (Presented by NJ ProgHouse)
6/8 – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmens Tavern
6/9 – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
6/10 – London, ON – London Music Club
6/12 – Detroit, MI – The Token Lounge
6/13 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
6/14 – Cleveland, OH – Nighttown
6/16 – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
6/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PGH Winery