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"Inner Portrait" CD Release Party At Yoshi's San Francisco June 29, 2009

Victor Little, Lauded Session Bassist/Composer, Announces CD Release Party At Yoshi’s San Francisco

May 21, 2009, San Francisco, California – Victor Little, one of the Bay Area’s most lauded musical residents, is proud to announce his CD Release Party at Yoshi’s San Francisco, Monday, June 29th, at 8 p.m. Victor, whose bona fides include over 20-years as the consummate ‘first call bassist’ laying down the low-end foundation for legends Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Joyce Cooling, and Booker T. Jones, takes flight with his unprecedented debut tour de force CD, Inner Portrait, on - what will surely be - an unforgettable musical evening.

Bass-Musician-Magazine.com calls Victor Little, “One of the Bay Area’s finest playing with some of the world’s finest,” and the star-studded Inner Portrait “an incredible disc,” and “a solid product that grooves hard and is like sonic ear candy.”

Fans of original, innovative, and exhilarating instrumental and hook-laden funky-fusion, rhythm and blues groove-jazz will appreciate Victor’s impeccable timing, taste, technique, and tone, inimitably sophisticated soaring soloing skills, and captivating melodies in this unparalleled and electrifying live performance.

Victor joined forces with a litany of legendary Bay Area musical talent to create “Inner Portrait,” including iconic Santana, Steely Dan, and Parliament/Funkadelic drummer Dennis Chambers, Grammy-Award winning drummer of The Mars Volta, Thomas Pridgen, and the mega-talented keyboardist Ruslan Sirota of the Stanley Clarke Band. “Inner Portrait” was produced by Victor Little, long-time Santana bassist and rhythm guitarist, Myron Dove, and multi-faceted producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist, Randy Emata, who has performed, collaborated, written and/or recorded with Lou Reed, Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, and Chaka Khan. There are sure to many musical surprises in store during Victor’s Inner Portrait CD Release Party.

What: Victor Little Inner Portrait CD Release Party Where: Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Phone: 415.655.5600 - www.yoshis.com - Yoshi’s is located at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center. When: Monday, June 29, 2009, Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. Cost: $15.00 in advance through www.Yoshis.com and www.VictorLittleMusic.com Day of the Show: $20.00 at the door

Inner Portrait can be purchased at fine retail stores and chains everywhere, and online at iTunes.com and Amazon.com.

Victor and his band will be touring from Seattle to San Diego in the spring and summer of 2009 in support of Inner Portrait. Additional Victor Little San Francisco and East Bay show info, national tour dates, and news is continually updated at http://www.victorlittlemusic.com and http://www.myspace.com/victorlittlemusic

To receive a review copy of Inner Portrait or to request an interview with Victor Little, please contact Christopher Buttner at PRThatRocks.com, at chris@prthatrocks.com

For Radio enquiries please contact Adam Liebovitz at ASL Media at telephone: 949-448-9444 or via e-mail at adam@aslmusicmedia.com. For US distribution enquiries contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective, telephone: 415 292-7007 or via e-mail at sales@independentdistro.com

Victor Little is represented by Patti Poole - Dragon Management – email - lawdragon1@yahoo.com - phone (415) 717-3065

Victor Little on Myspace, Facebook and More!

VICTOR LITTLE LINKS Become a fan or add Victor as a friend on these following sites:

MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/victorlittlemusic 

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victor-Little/74325306028?created

ILIKE: http://www.ilike.com/artist/Victor+Little

IMEEM: http://www.imeem.com/victorlittle

SOUNDCLICK: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/victorlittle

Stores Where New Album "Inner Portrait" is Available For Purchase

Dimple Records (6 Stores) - Sacramento, CA

The Works (2 Stores) - Eureka, CA

Amoeba Records – San Francisco, CA

Amoeba Records – Berkeley, CA

Independent Records (6 Stores) – CO

Music Millennium – Portland, OR

Newbury Comics (26 Stores) – Brighton, MA, VT, CT, and NH

Everyday Music – Seattle, WA

Silver Platters – Seattle, WA

Request "Inner Portrait" On the Radio!!

The following stations have added Vic's debut album "Inner Portrait" into their rotation. Show some love and request that these stations play your favorite track off the album.

WDLT Mobile, AL WVOF Fairfield, CT WTCC Springfield, MA WTLZ Saginaw, MI WFSS Fayatteville, NC WVCR Albany, NY

Check back soon for more stations to be added to the list!

"Inner Portrait" Reviewed on Bands of the Bay!

Check out the article here:

http://bandsofthebay.com/blogs/2009/04/10/bay-areas-own-victor-little-drops-inner-portrait/

"Inner Portrait" Debuts #5 On First International Radio Play!

Vic's debut album "Inner Portrait" has debuted at #5 on the International Chart!

Check it out:

http://www.qmusica.com/index_en.php

Victor Little Article Featured on All About Jazz.com

A new article about Victor Little and his debut album "Inner Portrait" has been featured on the All About Jazz website.

Check it out here:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=33247

Vic Little Article Featured in Bass Player Magazine

Victor Little has been featured in an article in Bass Player Magazine!

Check it out here:

http://www.bass-musician-magazine.com/General/bass-musician-magazine-detail.asp?article-id=107238050

Victor Little Releases Solo CD 'Inner Portrait'

Star-studded Musical Line-up Joins Bay Area-based Musician on Debut Project

Lauded Session Bassist/Composer, Victor Little, Releases Solo CD, “Inner Portrait”

03.25.09 San Francisco, California - In a music career that has spanned over 20 years, Victor Little has established himself as the consummate session bassist who has laid down the low-end musical foundation on recordings and on stage with Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, Charlie Musselwhite, Mickey Hart, and the legendary Booker T. Jones. Now one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most lauded musical residents steps out into the limelight with the release of his first solo CD, titled “Inner Portrait.”

“Inner Portrait” is a powerful musical journey that features Victor’s unparalleled performance and compositional skills on ten original and exhilarating instrumental and hook-laden funky-fusion, rhythm and blues groove-jazz tracks, all of which display his impeccable timing, taste, technique, and tone, inimitably sophisticated soaring soloing skills, and captivating melodies.

Victor joined forces with a litany of legendary musical talent to create “Inner Portrait,” including iconic Santana, Steely Dan, and Parliament/Funkadelic drummer Dennis Chambers, Grammy-Award winning drummer of The Mars Volta, Thomas Pridgen, and the mega-talented keyboardist Ruslan Sirota of the Stanley Clarke Band. “Inner Portrait” was produced by Victor Little, long-time Santana bassist and rhythm guitarist, Myron Dove, and multi-faceted producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist, Randy Emata, who has performed, collaborated, written and/or recorded with Lou Reed, Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, and Chaka Khan.

“I’m more excited than words can say about the final product,” says Victor, who has already been receiving rave reviews from his peers, industry insiders and the media. Continuing, Victor states, “I’ve been blessed and honored to be able to create and record music with so many wonderful and talented musicians who have joined me in the creation of a project that is a culmination of my dreams.”

The pre-release of “Inner Portrait” to the worlds leading bass guitar enthusiast publications, websites, and community has resulted in incomparable accolades. Bassist Victor Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, states, "I've been a fan of Victor's bass playing for a long time. "Inner Portrait" shows that his writing skills are top notch. With a name like 'Victor', how can he go wrong?"

Bass Player Magazine states, “”Little stays melodic and fresh, and shows off a groove concept that does justice to the disc’s origination in Oakland, California - home of Tower of Power, Larry Graham, The Headhunters, and much more funky music.”

Bass-Musician-Magazine.com states, “Inner Portrait” is an incredible disc… A solid product that grooves hard and is like sonic ear candy… Interesting and thoughtful compositions, absolutely wonderful soloing, a STUNNING cast of players... this is one of the Bay Area’s finest playing with some of the world’s finest.”

“Inner Portrait” can be purchased at fine retail stores and chains everywhere, and online at iTunes and Amazon.com.

Victor and his band will be touring from Seattle to San Diego in the spring and summer of 2009 in support of ”Inner Portrait.” Record release parties in both San Francisco and in the East Bay will be announced in a future press release, and additional Victor Little news and information is available at http://www.victorlittlemusic.com and http://www.myspace.com/victorlittlemusic.

Victor Little Biography

"LIFE’S A GROOVE" is a concept founded by artist and bassist Victor Little, whose vision is to unite people together through music and to create a musical journey for the listening audience that will transport them to all parts of the world, enabling them to experience the sounds of sophisticated music performed with feeling and intellect. Victor is passionate about creating and playing music for a living, and has demonstrated his commitment by writing, producing, consulting, recording and performing original music in a career that has spanned over 20 years. “I’ve been blessed to collaborate with some of the most talented musicians and play on some of the most prestigious stages with world class artists and performers” says Victor, whose resume contains a long list of luminaries that includes Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, James Carter, Charlie Musselwhite, and Booker T. Jones to name a few.

Victor’s just released his first solo CD titled, "Inner Portrait," which is described as a “powerful musical journey that flows with sophisticated Bass melodies." It features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana), grammy-award winning drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) as well as Ruslan Sirota (Stanley Clarke) on keyboards. “Finally I have stepped out of the shadows of being a sideman and produced my own record. I’m more excited than words can say about the final product” says Victor, who has already been receiving rave reviews from peers, industry insiders and the media.

Victor, a Chicago native, grew up surrounded by musicians and music. His father was a saxophonist, and Victor, like other members of his family, got his start early by playing in his uncle’s church band. Vic remembers living for a time in the notorious Rockwell projects on Chicago’s west-side, where Jesse Jackson was active in the community on civil rights and where his father played for “Operation Push”. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, icons on the radio such as Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone, Coltrane, Miles Davis, James Brown, the Jackson 5, Kool and the Gang, P-Funk, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Rush gave Victor his R&B and Rock roots and helped shape his deep pocket. During his formative years, Victor fell under the spell of groove bass players such as Stanley Clarke, James Jamerson, Bernard Edwards, Chuck Rainey, Verdine White, Anthony Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, John Paul Jones, and Billy Cox. He continued his formal studies at Edmonds Community College in the Pacific Northwest and soon began playing and touring with various Blues and R&B bands in Seattle and Portland throughout the 80’s and 90’s most notably with Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, and Linda Hornbuckle.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 1998, his busy career has included stints with Ledisi, Will Bernard, Joyce Cooling, Dick Bright ‘s SRO, Santana vocaiist Tony Lindsey, Tower of Power trumpeter Mic Gillette, Dawn Silva and the Brides of Funkenstein, the Family Stone Experience (featuring original Family Stone band members Jerry Martini and Greg Errico), Sons of Bitches Brew (with Mike Zilber and former Journey drummer Steve Smith), Zenith Patrol (an original collaboration with virtuoso bassoonist Paul Hanson and Haroun Serang), All Star bands with Frank Martin, Will Porter, Larry Batiste, & Vernon Black, Anthony Michael Peterson (aka Tru), James Robinson, Freddy Clarke, and many more.

Victor Little has established himself as a consummate professional electric bassist, displaying impeccable time, taste, technique, and tone while playing in a wide spectrum of styles. There are many different shows and showcases that Victor is working on for 2009, so keep checking in regularly to see what’s coming up next.