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February Update
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Hey everyone! Winter is cruising along and I hope this message finds you healthy and happy! There are many shows in this first 10 days of February. It is certainly a lot to keep together both musically and promotionally. I … Read More

2020 Bulletin
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OK – In typical fashion, for many freelancers and creative types, my January is somewhat slow. I’m working on a bunch of ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ in the background here that will be manifesting themselves over this coming year. I am … Read More

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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Greetings and salutations all you true believers (no matter what you believe in)! It has been a fantastic year from a learning, growing, and playing perspective. Every gig has allowed me to explore new avenues of musical expression, fresh compositional … Read More

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mid July 2017
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It’s happening so fast! Mid summer is here and cruising by toot suite. I hope you’ve all been enjoying this spectacular season! I have been quite busy gigging, teaching and hanging with many friends, and family too. TONIGHT!!! Atlantis Quartet plays at Icehouse starting … Read More

June, the Solstice and summer adventures
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Greetings everyone – The Bates Update continues to lurch and stumble along in its fragmented, sporadic pace. I get to it when I can as I find it hard to balance all my life activities with promoting myself. Anyway… Jazz … Read More

A quick note
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Music is awesome. Music is universal to all cultures. Music is a language that trancends our speaking. Music is the unifying force of our conciousness. Music is a healing force. Music is vibration unfolding in linear time. We are all … Read More

DeBates continues….
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Greetings fine people! Thank you to all who came out to the Red Planet with Bill Carrothers CD release event over the last two nights. It was spectacular to see everyone and truly an honor to make music with Dean, … Read More

Spring has sprung and the Bates Update moulders onward
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Ever so slowly I’ve been getting back towards feeling like writing updates and promoting myself again. It’s a challenge to keep up with my home life, play music at the highest level I can and do all the necessary upkeep … Read More

Bates Update: Happy NEW Year from CB
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Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Welcome my friends to the show that never ends. In light of recent events I’d like to talk about duality for a minute. Two Parties. Love & Hate. Black & White. Cowboys & Indians. … Read More

Inventions and Dimensions trio
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I’m super excited to release my first ever digital only EP from my newest trio! Inventions & Dimensions – Wabi Sabi featuring 7 original compositions and the musical partnership of: Joe Strachan on piano and Matt Buckner on drums. Inventions … Read More

FALL(ing) behind at Bates HQ
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Well I’m just here working, playing and living life. No excuses other than life is busy and I don’t feel like devoting time to promoting myself when I could be not promoting myself. Family time is precious. Chores are never … Read More

September Bates Update
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So I have been settling in on my new bass; playing gigs, rehearsing, practicing and I had a brief recording session with it as well. It is quite a big change from my old bass, which was certainly to be … Read More

The Old Bass
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Well tomorrow I leave for Denver to pick up my new upright bass! I’m scared, nervous, apprehensive, ecstatic, happy and sad all rolled into one. It’s certainly not the end of my relationship with my current bass but it is … Read More

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