Thursday, May 12, 2016

Are there any bass players in the house? We have STU HAMM, RUDY SARZO, BJORN ENGLEN and CHIP Z'NUFF!

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Dear Rockers,

Not only do you get to jam with our incredible headliners at camp, but our counselors are true rock stars in every sense!  Do you want to learn from some of the greatest touring and recording bass players around? Our amazing rock star counselors have toured the world, performed in front of millions and played on some of rock n' roll biggest hit songs!



STU HAMM Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. 
As one of today’s leading bassists, Hamm has released four critically-acclaimed studio recordings. On Radio Free Albemuth (1988), Kings Of Sleep (1989), The Urge (1991), and Outbound (2000), Hamm showcased his unique style of playing the bass as a lead instrument both within a solo environment and various ensemble formats on a genre-spanning spectrum of repertoire that merged rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds.

Live Stu X 2, the fifth solo project produced by Hamm and his first as a solo artist in nearly seven years, was released in January 2007 and features a diverse compilation of classic tracks recorded by Hamm during his set on the first leg of the Bx3 tour in Philadelphia last April as well as a few previously unrecorded pieces that were captured in San Francisco before a live audience in 2004.
In addition to his barrier-breaking solo sessions, Hamm has been hailed for his recording and touring stints with guitar icons Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. His long-time associations with Vai and Satriani garnered Hamm award-winning recognition on a global scale, and as a result, Hamm has received an extensive list of accolades such as being voted “Best Jazz Bassist” and “Best Rock Bassist” multiple times in magazine polls conducted by several major print publications.

For the past two decades, Hamm has toured as one of the world’s premier bass clinicians. He has also demonstrated his signature techniques and methodologies to avid students through his best-selling instructional videos, Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside The Bass, and a book of transcriptions, Stuart Hamm – The Bass Book, which contains a collection of Hamm’s greatest hits from his first three solo releases. He has also created an introductory course to bass guitar called Bass Basics with the folks at TrueFire.com.

Based on the highly successful G3 tours he was a part of in the 1990’s which featured guitarists Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson, Hamm founded the Bx3 tour in April 2006 that has subsequently taken him along with fellow bass pioneers Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin from the United States to Asia.



RUDY SARZO is a professional recording and performing artist worldwide with a career spanning over 35 years.

As a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, from March 1981 to September 1982, Rudy toured the world in support of the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary Of a Madman” records. His bass playing can be heard on Ozzy’s multimillion selling CD “Tribute” and “Speak of the Devil” CD and DVD.

As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums “Metal Health”, the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and “Condition Critical”. During this period he headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.
As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994 Rudy recorded the multi-platinum album “Slip of the Tongue”. During this period he also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum “1987” and “Slip of the Tongue” albums and appeared on 6 MTV videos.

As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, Rudy performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support of the Quiet Riot CDs “Alive and Well” and "Guilty Pleasure”. He also appeared on VH1’s Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003, “Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century” DVD was released after the group disbanded.

His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies. In February of 2004, Rudy joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city “Attack Tour”.

In April of 2004 Rudy became member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO and remained the band's bassist until Ronnie's passing in 2010. During that time Rudy toured the world with DIO and recorded the "Holy Diver 25th Anniversary LIVE" DVD and CD and DIO's last studio track "Elektra". 
In addition, when Rudy was not busy with DIO, he toured the world with Blue Oyster Cult until 2012.
From 2013 through 2014 Rudy was a recording and touring member of Geoff Tate's Queensryche.
Today Rudy continues to tour and record as a solo artist and with such bands as Animetal USA, Project Rock and GUNZO.


 BJORN ENGLEN Born in Sweden, in 1993 Bjorn re-located to Los Angeles, California and in 1994 became the bass player for the multi-platinum selling band QUIET RIOT (the first Heavy Metal group to ever reach No. 1 album on Billboard).

In the late 90s and early 2000s Bjorn worked extensively as a sought after L.A. session bassist  recording at many of the major studios with countless name artists incl. members of Elton John, Heart, The Supremes, Alice Cooper, Sweet, Paul Rodgers & many more. 

From 2004-2006 he joined forces with MSG/Survivor vocalist ROBIN McAULEY touring throughtout the US, as well as recording and performing as the band Bleed.

For the next five years from 2007-2012 Englen came to be the bass player for neo-classical guitar icon YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, touring all over the world incl. America, Europe and Asia in front of audiences as big as 60.000 people. 

In 2010-2013 he also did numerous performances with Scorpions guitar legend ULI JON ROTH. Since 2011 Bjorn has been touring worldwide with guitar/keyboard virtuoso TONY MACALPINE. In 2011 he was concurrently working with three of the biggest guitar gods of all time!

In 2012 Englen became a member of The Official Dio Band DIO DISCIPLES (featuring longtime Dio members Craig Goldy, Simon Wright & Scott Warren). Managed by Wendy Dio the group has since then toured worldwide with more to come. 
Throughout his career Bjorn has also spent some time educating upcoming bass players and musicians through numerous clinics & master classes worldwide incl. major schools like Musicians Institute & L.A. College of Music, as well as clinics for EBS amps & Carvin guitars.

He estimates having played about 2000 live shows and performed on over 50 albums. 
CHIP Z'NUFF is the bass player and founding member of the band Enuff Z'Nuff, founded by singer Donnie Vie and himself. This Chicago area band is best known for their charting singles "Fly High Michelle" and "New Thing".



Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 30 years, releasing 12 studio albums and a total of 20 CDs to date. Its songs have been recorded by several other musicians, some of which include Paul GilbertThe Wildhearts, and Nelson. The group has appeared on MTV, Howard Stern and David Letterman. Their music has been released on Atco Records and Arista Records.

By 1989, the band had released their first major label offering, a self-titled debut album on Atco Records. For this recording, founding members Donnie Vie and Chip  were joined by ex-Le Mans guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vik Foxx. The band had two charting hits with the psychedelic-flavored pop rock songs "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle," both of which received steady airplay on MTV. A few years later, the band's heavy glam rock appearance in the music videos would be parodied on Beavis & Butthead.
For their follow-up album, 1991's Strength, the band consciously toned down their glam image. Strengthwas released in 1991 on Atco to strong reviews, including Rolling Stone magazine calling the group "The Hot Band of the Year." There were promotional videos for the singles "Mother's Eyes" and "Baby Loves You", as well as an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman

When the band left Atco Records they were picked up by Clive Davis' Arista Records label for their 1993 album Animals with Human Intelligence. Some notable events include many appearances on The Howard Stern Show, local appearances on the Mancow's Morning Madhouse radio program, a 1998 performance on The Jenny Jones Show, a pair of features on VH1 about hair bands in 1999, and attaining an opening slot for Poison's 2001 "Glam Slam Metal Jam" tour.

In 2006, original members Chip Z'Nuff and Donnie Viereconvened to shoot a pilot for the VH1 reality television show, Bands on the Run.. The show's pilot episode never aired. However, during that time the reunited band held their initial recording sessions for their 12th record. Several songs from these sessions eventually resulted in their latest studio album, Dissonance, which also features former Ozzy Osbourne / Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee on guitar. With Vie rejoining the live shows in 2008, Dissonancewas released in 2009 in Japan, with a U.K. release following in 2010. In support of the album, Enuff Z'Nuff toured both Japan and Europe, including the Download Festival in the U.K. Chip Z'Nuff was a regular co-host on Mancow's Morning Madhouseuntil October 2014, when the show was cancelled. He is now an occasional co-host on the new Mancow Muller Morning Show. Z'nuff had performed worldwide with ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler in a band called Adler's Appetite. He is also promoting his first solo album entitled "Strange Time".

Enuff Z'nuff will release an album of original material on Frontiers Records in Fall 2016, tentatively titled "Old School." The band is continuing with Chip as the lead singer and bass player.



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