Music: Stu Hamm

Stu Hamm is the only bass player to be voted Guitar Player magazine’s Rock Bassist of the Year and Jazz Bassist of the Year in the same year.

Stu Hamm is the only bass player to be voted Guitar Player magazine’s Rock Bassist of the Year and Jazz Bassist of the Year in the same year. Guitar virtuoso fans know Hamm’s work with greats Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, but he is also known for his innovative solo shows.

As one might expect with a musician of this caliber, Hamm left New Hampshire to go to the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the late 1970s. As luck would have it, two cats that were also hanging around Berklee at the same time were Vai and Satriani, leading to collaborations that would extend for years (Hamm played bass on Vai’s first solo album, Flex-Able). Read more about the artist in this week's Sound Advice.


Stu Hamm plays Southgate House Revival Monday. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com.