Victor Wooten in Conversation with Bela Fleck, Parnassus Books

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is delighted to join Parnassus Books in presenting a virtual event you won’t want to miss Friday, February 5 at 6pm CST on the Parnassus Books Facebook page.

Bass virtuoso and teacher extraordinaire Victor Wooten will discuss his new book, The Sprit of Music: The Lesson Continues with his friend and musical colleague Bela Fleck.


About the Book

We may not realize it as we listen to the soundtrack of our lives through tiny earbuds, but music and all that it encompasses is disappearing all around us. In this fable-like story, three musicians from around the world are mysteriously summoned to Nashville, the Music City, to join together with Victor to do battle against the “Phasers,” whose blinking “music-cancelling” headphones silence and destroy all musical sound. Only by coming together, connecting, and making the joyful sounds of immediate, “live” music can the world be restored to the power and spirit of music.

About the Author

Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy winner, is a founding member of the super-group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy-nominated solo recordings and tours. Among other accomplishments, he is a skilled naturalist, teacher, author, magician, and acrobat and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player magazine’s readers’ poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassists of all time.

About Béla Fleck

A fifteen-time Grammy Award winner, Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to performing as a folk duo with wife Abigail Washburn, and jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player. As Jon Pareles wrote for The New York Times, “That’s a lot of territory for five strings.”