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May 6, 2014

Tal will be joining Jeff Beck in Sao Paulo at the Golden Hall WTC on May 10th!

January 4, 2014

Crossroads 2013 at Madison Square Garden is now on DVD! Check out a clip of Tal with Jeff Beck! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztzkzZmGg5U

Dec 18, 2013

Tal is currently in the Studio recording with Ryan Adams for his new project. Stay Tuned!

Nov 17, 2013

Some great photos of Tal performing with her band (including Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone) & receiving her "Young Gun" award From Don Was and Roger Sadowsky at the Bass Player Live concert http://concertblogger.com/2013/11/bass-player-live-fonda-theater-los-angeles/

Sep 1, 2013

Bass Player Live to Honor Tal Wilkenfeld with "Young Gun" Award at the Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, Nov 9th! http://www.guitarworld.com/bass-player-live-2013-honor-geezer-butler-lee-rocker-and-tal-wilkenfeld

June 14, 2013

Brian Wilson's 11th solo album on its way, featuring Tal, Vinnie & Jeff! http://www.examiner.com/article/brian-wilson-s-11th-solo-album-on-its-way?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

April 29, 2013

Finally, a video surfaced of Tal playing SNL with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck & Vinnie Colaiuta. Check it out! http://my.mail.ru/mail/nika131355/video/5378/5381.html

April 16, 2013

Tal, Jeff Beck & Vinnie Colaiuta currently in the studio with Brian Wilson!

April 13, 2013

CROSSROADS FESTIVAL AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WITH JEFF BECK!

April 10, 2013

Joe Walsh announces new blues album with Dr John, Tal Wilkenfeld, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph, Mike Finnigan, Jim Keltner & others http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1556715/joe-walsh-enlists-dr-john-robert-randolph-for-new-blues-album

April 9, 2013

Jeff Beck at Crossroads Festival is taking place this weekend, April 13th @ Madison Square Garden. Short set. Cu there!

March 7, 2013

From Tal's Facebook: Thursdays in the office are usually pretty mellow. Like today... when I wrote a song with Bill Withers, Mick Jagger, Keb Mo & Joe Walsh. LOL

March 6, 2013

From Tal's Facebook: Usual day at the office... ya know, recording with Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr & Joe Walsh.

March 5, 2013

From Tal's Facebook: Gr8 fun recordin today with Joe Walsh, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph, Dr John, Jim Keltner & Mike Finnigan! Don Was producing. Dunno who is now! Lol

Feb 3, 2013

"Transition" by Steve Lukather is now out. Tal is featured on one song, "Transition".

Jan 18, 2013

Tal on the passing of Claude Nobs:
Words can not describe the loss that I, and countless other musicians have been feeling since the passing of Claude Nobs. To say that Montreux Jazz festival will never be the same is a giant understatement. Summer touring will never quite feel the same without that usual stop to Claude's house, where he would welcome you with open arms into his home, and show you all the latest additions to his vast music collection. He had footage from all 46 years of the festival, and had it organized so carefully, so beautifully. He cared more about sound quality than most musicians I know. He took me for a drive in his car one day, and put on a Steely Dan record. I'm telling you- Steely Dan never sounded better! He had the most immaculate sound systems, even in his car!

Claude always went out of his way to make you feel appreciated, as a musician and as a person. Before going on stage he would announce EVERY musician in the band. He also made sure you never walked away from Montreux empty handed; there was always some special gift he had for you. He really made a conscious effort to make you feel loved. I remember the first time I played Montreux with Jeff Beck. I walked off stage feeling a little down... I guess I wasn't pleased with my performance, and I was sitting alone on a road case backstage. Out of nowhere, I felt this presence. I looked up and it was Claude, who sat himself next to me. He asked me if I was ok. I remember telling him that the festival meant so much to me, had so much history, that I was just a little down on myself for not playing my best. He comforted me, told me how much he enjoyed my performance, and shared some words of wisdom that Miles Davis had previously shared with him… at that same festival, behind that same stage. At that point I realized that whatever I was worried about really didn't mean anything. That's not what music is about… and I knew that. I'd always known that. In fact, I believe that we are all born with this innate wisdom, and often with age and challenges comes fear and doubt. That's why every so often, we need a little reminder from someone or something. My heart and soul was in that performance, I was true to myself. That's what matters.

Claude Nobs's heart and soul was in the Montreux Jazz festival, and you could feel it every time you pulled into Switzerland in the summertime. The energy, the vibrancy, the excitement, and the passion.

Although Montreux will never be the same, I hope that the legacy he left behind continues until the end of time, and inspires many other festivals around the world to seek, present and support real, honest music. Claude Nobs set the bar high; let's keep it there.

January 12, 2013

Video of Tal with Gregg Allman in LA last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2wf2hzpLo

January 11, 2013

Tal will be sitting in with Gregg Allman tonight at Royce Hall in LA!

Sep 28th, 2012

Lee Ritenour's new album "Rhythm Sessions" has just been released and features Tal on tracks "Maybe Tomorrow", "Walk, Talk, Occupy" and "Spam-Boo-Limbo"

July 21, 2012

Tal appeared on stage with Ringo Starr tonight at the Greek Theatre LA for the encore, singing "With a little help from my friends"!!!

May 18, 2012

On May 19th, Tal will be performing with legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Vinnie Colaiuta on SNL. Make sure to tune in!

March 15, 2012

Tal has recently played on forthcoming albums by Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour. Stay tuned for release dates.

February 10, 2012

Tal joined Joss Stone & Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) onstage for three power packed songs at legendary LA venue The Troubadour on February 9th. Also joining them onstage was fellow Aussie, Orianthi. It was an intimate full to capacity crowd that ate up every minute of this amazing night.

January 24, 2012

Tal wowed a huge crowd at the EBS Amplifier booth at the 2012 NAMM show in Anaheim joined by Steve Ferrone on the drums.

January 1, 2012

Tal will be performing at this years NAMM show at the EBS amplifier booth on Saturday January 21st at 2pm with a meet and greet to follow.

September 26, 2011

Tal performed two songs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler to a sold out crowd at the MGM Grand for the release of the iHeartRadio app. Also on the bill were performances by Coldplay, Sting and Randy Jackson. It was an amazing night of music!

September 22, 2011

Tal will be performing with Jeff Beck & Steven Tyler this Saturday at the iHeartRadio Show in Las Vegas! www.iheartradio.com

September 20th, 2011

Tal was proud to be a part of a benefit show at LA club The Mint at which she played an intimate acoustic set with Jackson Browne. Here is a video of them joined onstage by Ben Harper, playing "Steal My Kisses". http://youtu.be/0NW3xzzeE18

May 22, 2010

Lots of Tal news! Tal will be performing with Steve Lukather this Saturday in LA. She also appears on three upcoming albums by Herbie Hancock, Macy Gray, and Lee Ritenour (featuring Slash, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, and Neil Schon.) View the upcoming releases and show dates below for more information.

April 28, 2010

The latest Jeff Beck album, Emotion and Commotion is in stores now. Featuring Tal on "Hammerhead", "Never alone", "Serene" and "There's No Other Me".

July 27, 2009

Tal has completed the world tour and is excited for the release of her new website and starting work on her next album!

January 3, 2009

Tal is about to start up a world tour which will include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, England, USA, Canada, and Europe with Jeff Beck. Please check the gig dates for details.

December 15, 2008

Tal just took part in Warren Haynes's Christmas Jam where she played with the Allman Brothers, Ivan Neville, and Robben Ford!

October 15, 2008

Tal just played a gig with Wayne Krantz at the 55 bar in NYC and is getting ready to go on tour with him and Keith Carlock from October 21st. Look out for their last gig in LA at Bass Player Live!

December 2, 2007

Tal just finished a week of playing with JEFF BECK at Ronnie Scotts in England, with surprise guests ERIC CLAPTON and JOSS STONE!

November 25, 2007

Tal's performance with JEFF BECK on Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Festival" is now out on DVD. Check the Music Page for details.

July 10, 2007

Tal is now on tour with JEFF BECK. Check the gig dates page for more info.

May 15, 2007

Tal has just released her new album, "TRANSFORMATION", featuring WAYNE KRANTZ, KEITH CARLOCK, GEOFFREY KEEZER and SEAMUS BLAKE!! Check the music page for more details!!

March 15, 2007

Tal will be coming to Australia to play a series of gigs with CHICK COREA, along with 4 gigs with her own group consisting of VINNIE COLAIUTA and GEOFFREY KEEZER. Please refer to the gig dates page for further details.

Jan 5, 2007

TAL NOW HAS A MYSPACE SITE www.myspace.com/talwilkenfeld

May 31, 2007

Tal has JUST RECORDED her first album, stay tuned for cd release info!

March 22, 2006

Tal created a huge buzz after sitting in with the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND last night.. where they played an hour long version of their well known song "in Memory of Elizabeth Reed"

Past Events

May 10, 2014

Sao Paulo, Brazil- “Best of Blues Festival” at Golden Hall WTC with Jeff Beck

Mov 9, 2013

Los Angeles, CA- Henry Fonda Theatre- Tal backed by Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone for Bass Player Live Concert. Don Was presenting Tal with "Young Gun Award"

April 13, 2013

NY, NY- Tal accompanying Jeff Beck at Madison Square Garden for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival

January 11, 2013

Los Angeles CA- Tal is sitting in with Gregg Allman tonight at Royce Hall

Saturday, August 11 2012

Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy Theater

Thursday, August 9 2012

San Diego, CA at Anthology

Saturday, May 19 2012

Saturday May 19, 2012 w/ Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Vinnie Colaiuta on NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE / New York, NY 11:30 PST (Check your local listings for time)

Saturday, May 10 -11 2012

Thursday & Friday w/ Jackson Browne & Friends @ Largo / Los Angeles, CA 9pm

About Tal Wilkenfeld

     Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Bursting upon the New York City scene as a teen, Tal moved effortlessly from funk and fusion to jazz, rock and blues, gigging with the likes of Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Wayne Krantz, and sitting in with the Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi. Her acclaimed 2007 instrumental solo debut,Transformation, confirmed her burgeoning voice on the bass and as a composer, earning her the title "Rising Star of the Bass Guitar." Word spread quickly, leading to a tour with Chick Corea in her native Australia, and a world spin with guitar icon Jeff Beck that culminated in Tal's global breakout moment: Her performance at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated close to three million YouTube hits. An appearance with Wayne Shorter on A&E’s Live from Abbey Road capped an amazing year.

     Moving to Los Angeles, Wilkenfeld continued her musical momentum, recording with Prince and racking up album credits with Lee Ritenour [6 String Theory and Rhythm Sessions], Macy Gray [The Sellout], Steve Lukather [Transition], Trevor Rabin [Jacaranda] and Wayne Krantz [Howie 61]. She also appeared on Jeff Beck's Emotion and Commotion and Live at Ronnie Scott's (with guests Eric Clapton, Joss Stone and Imogen Heap), and backed Sting, Steven Tyler, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy and Billy Gibbons during concerts with Beck. Tal headlined Bass Player LIVE! 2008, joined by Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock and John Beasley, and sat in with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In another ground-breaking role, she played on Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning CD, The Imagine Project, resulting in a 2010 world tour with the jazz piano giant that also marked her world vocal debut, and resulted in the recently-released DVD, Experience Montreux: Quincy Jones & Herbie Hancock.

         Back home from the road, Wilkenfeld connected with rock poet laureate Jackson Browne,  recording a track on Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan and playing live with Browne (including shows with Ben Harper and Wayne Shorter). The collaboration served as a key transition to Tal’s next path as a singer-songwriter. With bass, guitar and pen in hand, she composed dozens of songs and began recording them for her upcoming album, due in early-2015. The music is an intoxicating, intimate reimagining of the singer-songwriter idiom, comprised of pure jazz bloodlines, rock energy and intensity, and lyrics rich in both realism and folk symbolism—all delivered via vibrant, revealing vocals and world-class musicianship.

         While Wilkenfeld focused on her own music, she remained very much in-demand, joining Jeff Beck to back Mick Jagger on the 2012 season finale of Saturday Night Live; as well as for the guitarist’s Madison Square Garden set at Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (available on DVD); and this past May, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a very special onetime performance at the Best of Blues Festival, where she sang "You Shook Me." The studio also beckoned, as Tal contributed to soon-to-be-released albums by Joe Walsh (with Ringo Starr), Brian Wilson (with Jeff Beck), Ryan Adams, and Toto. And 2013 was not without official recognation, as Tal received Bass Player’s Young Gun Award at Bass Player LIVE! (presented to her by Don Was and bassmaker Roger Sadowsky), where she also performed a stirring, well-balanced set backed by Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone, Paul Stacey and Gabe Witcher. Tal’s inclusion of an original from her upcoming CD was a much-welcome treat for fans and industry-folk alike, who eagerly await the Australian native’s next album. In the meantime, watch for Tal on all fronts, as her mastery of multiple genres as a bassist and artist makes these exciting times indeed.

Discography + Videography

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD (2013)

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Steve Lukather - “Transition"

  • Tal featured on one song entitled "Transition"
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"Experience Montreux" with Herbie Hancock

  • Herbie Hancock, Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta, Lionel Loueke, Greg Phillinganes, and Kristina Train play a blazing set of new and old Herbie material.
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Lee Ritenour "Rhythm Sessions" (2012)

  • Lee Rienour's latest features Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta as well as Tal on the tracks 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Walk talk Occupy', and 'Spam-Boo-Limbo'.
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Wayne Krantz "Howie 61" (2012)

  • Krantz backed by Tal and Vinnie Colaiuta on "Son of a Scientist" and "Can't Stand to Rock"
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Trevor Rabin "Jacaranda" (2012)

  • Rabin's first solo material since 1989 features Tal on "Anerley Road".
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Chimes of Freedom The Songs of Bob Dylan (2012)

  • Jackson Browne along with Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Benmont Tench (keys), Jonathon Wilson (electric guitar) and Jim Keltner (drums) contribute the Dylan song "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" to this 4 CD collection of world renown recording artists covering the songs of Bob Dylan to honor 50 years of Amnesty International.
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The 25th Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts DVD (2010)

  • Tal plays along side Jeff Beck and his band on "People Get Ready" featuring Sting, "Let Me Love You" with Buddy Guy, "Rice Pudding/Foxy Lady" with Billy Gibbons and "A Day in the Life".
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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Live Legends DVD (2010)

  • Tal plays with Jeff Beck and band on "Bolero" and "Immigrant Song" with special guest Jimmy Page.
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Jeff Beck - Emotion & Commotion CD (2010)

  • Featuring Tal on "Hammerhead”, "Never Alone", "Serene" and "There's No Other Me"
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Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project CD (2010)

  • Tal appears on "A Change is Gonna Come" featuring James Morisson and "Don't Give Up" featuring John Legend and Pink.
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Macy Gray - The Sellout CD (2010)

  • Tal performs on the song, "That Man"

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Six String Theory CD (2010)

  • Featuring Tal on "68" with Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, and Slash; "In Your Dreams" With Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour; "Give Me One Reason" with Joe Bonamassa and Robert Cray; and make sure to listen to Guthrie Govan's song "Fives" featuring a solo by Tal.

Transformation CD (2007)

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Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 DVD (2007)

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Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott’s DVD/CD/Blue-Ray (2008)

  • Watch Tal perform with Jeff Beck, Vinnie Colaiuta and Jason Rebello at legendary UK jazz club Ronnie Scott's.
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For Booking:

For Booking enquires contact Ron Kaplan
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200 West Superior, Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-640-7500
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Email: ron@montereyinternational.net

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