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Sept 28, 2012

The new album by Lee Ritenour titled Rhythm Sessions has just been released and features Tal on the tracks 'Maybe Tomorrow', 'Walk talk Occupy', and 'Spam-Boo-Limbo'.

July 13th, 2012

Check out this video of Tal with Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live.

May 18th, 2012

On May 19th, 2012 Tal will be performing with legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Vinnie Colaiuta on Saturday Night Live. Make sure to tune in.

April 7, 2012

The brand new Tal solo album and her vocal debut is set to be released later this year. Keep checking the site and sign up for the newsletter to get the latest information as we get closer!

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

Thursday, August 9 2012

San Diego, CA at Anthology

Saturday, August 11 2012

Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy Theater

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

Widely hailed as "the rising star of the bass guitar," Tal Wilkenfeld first picked up guitar at the age of 14, in her native Sydney, Australia. She soon realized her passion and decided to pursue music professionally in the United States. After six months of studying guitar in Los Angeles, Tal found her true calling, and switched to the bass. It didn't take long for the 17-year-old prodigy to get noticed; after playing bass for only a few months, famed luthier Roger Sadowsky heard her play and immediately offered her an endorsement with Sadowsky Guitars. Very quickly, Tal started performing as a sideman and bandleader, playing with the likes of Russell Ferrante, Kenwood Dennard, Hiram Bullock, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Leni Stern, Susan Tedeschi, and the Allman Brothers Band.

In May 2006, Tal recorded her first solo album, "Transformation." She was 20, and had been playing bass for only three years. As well as demonstrating her prowess on bass, Tal also composed, arranged, and produced the album. The CD, which was released in 2007, features guitar savant Wayne Krantz, Geoff Keezer, Keith Carlock and Seamus Blake. It has been widely acclaimed by critics and music fans all over the world, with Bass Player magazine noting, "On her aptly-titled, vibrant debut, Wilkenfeld displays a writing depth and musical presence to complement the buzz about her dynamic-yet-discerning bass approach. Tal has a natural gift for writing in odd meters while retaining an indelible sense of melody and groove. Make no mistake, this lass is poised to soar."

On the heels of "Transformation," some big breaks came Tal's way. At just 21, she accompanied jazz giant Chick Corea on his tour of Australia. One month later, guitar legend Jeff Beck asked her to join him on a European Summer Tour. The Beck tour culminated at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival, where Jeff featured Tal with a blistering solo on "Cause We've Ended as Lovers." Many regard this as one of the highlights of the show. That track, along with "Big Block," are featured on the DVD "Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007." Perhaps her remarkable musical gift is best summed up by Jeff Beck, who enthused, "What can I say about Tal Wilkenfeld? How does one describe an astonishing talent? The answer is, you don't. You listen, and watch, as 45,000 people did in Chicago at the Crossroads Festival 2007. I have witnessed special moments in my time, but to see all those 'dyed-in-the-wool' blues fanatics and guitar freaks go berzzzzerk half way through her solo left me emotional, and that is an understatement. The word proud is barely adequate."

Four months later, Jeff asked Tal to perform with him on a series of shows in London, where they were joined by special guests Eric Clapton and Joss Stone. This concert was recorded and came out on CD in November 2008 as "Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott's." All about Jazz adds: "There are plenty of bassists with staggering technique and chops, but few can make the instrument truly sing, as Wilkenfeld does on Beck's CD during an all-stops-out solo on Stevie Wonder's "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers." On the same trip to England, Tal joined Herbie Hancock on a session with fellow jazz icon Wayne Shorter, which was filmed for the A&E TV series "Live from Abbey Road." Singer Corinne Bailey Rae and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta were also featured on the session.

Tal wrapped up 2007 via a pair of standing-room-only Greenwich Village gigs with Wayne Krantz. She also accompanied Wayne on gigs in L.A., and then embarked on a tour of Australia in the fall of '08, with Wayne and Keith Carlock--a reunion of the core band who appeared on "Transformation." At the conclusion of the tour, Wayne and Keith, along with John Beasley, backed Tal during her headlining set for Bass Player Live 2008. Elsewhere, in July 2008, Tal accompanied Jeff Beck at the Grammy's Tribute to George Martin concert in L.A. She was also invited by Warren Haynes to participate in his 20th Annual Christmas Jam, in Asheville, North Carolina. There, she performed with the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, Ivan Neville, and Robben Ford. As a final "star on the tree", Tal was voted "The Year's Most Exciting New Player" in Bass Player's 2008 Readers Choice Awards.

Fulfilling the title of her critically-hailed debut disc, Tal Wilkenfeld's transformation has been continuing at a dizzying pace. Early 2009 saw Tal in New York City where she was featured as a special guest on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" sitting in with "The Roots". She then went on to tour extensively with Jeff Beck in Australia, Japan, America, Europe, Canada and the UK. During the UK run, David Gilmour sat in with the group during a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall. One of the highlights of the year included playing with Jeff at his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which featured Tal playing "Immigrant Song" with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Jeff Beck Recalls: "When I was inducted, we were going to have Jimmy Page come on and play '(Beck's) Bolero'. But I didn't think it would be right for him to be playing rhythm guitar all the way through that one number. Then the phone rang and it was Tal Wilkenfeld, my then bass player. She was on the way down in the elevator and told me we should play 'Immigrant Song.' We were going on in ten minutes and had no time to rehearse. She said 'Oh, when you stop in the middle of 'Bolero', when the rhythm changes, we'll kick in to 'Immigrant Song'. "That's what I like - right on the hoof. Nobody knew, the lighting and sound guys didn't know, the organizers didn't know. I just grabbed the microphone and shouted, "Jimmy Paaaage!" and went straight into the song. I loved that. That's what you call dangerous, that's living on your reflexes."

2010 found Tal in the studio, playing bass on a track for Herbie Hancock's upcoming CD. In October '10 Tal reunited with Jeff at Madison Square Garden for the historic Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's 25th Anniversary two night concert. Beck's searing set included guests Buddy Guy, Sting and Billy Gibbons.

February 2010 began with the exhilarating word that Jeff Beck had won a Grammy for the much acclaimed CD/DVD "Jeff Beck: Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott's." In addition, Tal was featured on 4 tracks on Jeff's new album, "Emotion & Commotion", leading Bass Player magazine to write, "Wilkenfeld powers four tracks with present, prescient parts; this includes 'Serene,' with her ear-grabbing fills and brief but bright solo." On the flipside came the news that after three thrilling years, Tal could not participate in Beck's current world tour because of scheduling issues. The time had come for her to focus all of her energy into writing and recording for her new solo project. While working away on her album in Los Angeles, Tal was asked to record on 3 CD's that are all due out in June 2010. Herbie Hancock's "the Imagine Project" where Tal appears on "A Change is Gonna Come" featuring James Morisson and "Don't Give Up" featuring John Legend and Pink; Macy Grays "The Sell-out" where Tal performs on the song "That Man"; and Lee Ritenours "Six String Theory", 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 Guthrie Govan's song "Fives" featuring a solo by Tal. On May 23rd she made a special appearance at the Baked Potato 40th anniversary show at the Ford Ampitheater with Steve Lukather's band.

In 2010 Tal also accompanied Herbie Hancock on dates across US, Canada and Europe to support his CD "The Imagine Project". This short tour included a performance at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Herbie's 70th birthday.

While talking to the Ventura County Reporter about the upcoming tour, Herbie enthuses "I’ve also got Tal Wilkenfeld, an electric bass player from Australia; she’s been working with Jeff Beck. One of the most important qualities I look for in a musician is intuition. Absolutely. Vinnie Colaiuta has that. So does Tal Wilkenfeld, even though she’s still a budding musician. To me, she’s a derivative of Jaco Pastorius — she has the technique, the lyricism, and she plays flawlessly. But Jaco’s only one of her influences. I listen to her and I think: how can she only be 24?"

2011 was mainly spent in the studio, writing for her own project and playing on other peoples records. Tal and Vinnie Colaiuta are featured on "Son of a Scientist" and "Can't Stand to Rock" on the new Wayne Krantz album, "Howie 61." She also played on Trevor Rabin's "Jacaranda" (his first since 1989), and on Jackson Browne's cover of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" for Amnesty International, which also features Benmont Tench, Jonathan Wilson, and Jim Keltner. She also participated in a few performances with Browne in Los Angeles, including a benefit show with Ben Harper. In September 2011, Tal performed to a sold out arena in Las Vegas with Steven Tyler and Jeff Beck for the worldwide launch of the iHeartRadio app.

This year, Tal has participated in forthcoming records by Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour, and is currently working on her much anticipated second solo album which will see her vocal debut. Stay Tuned!

Discography + Videography

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)

  • Features Tal on the two tracks "Son of a Scientist" and "Can't Stand to Rock" accompanied by Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Krantz on guitar.
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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".
  • Purchase DVD Set here:
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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.
  • Purchase DVD Set here:
  • timelife.com

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 (2008)

  • Watch Tal perform with Jeff Beck, Vinnie Colaiuta and Jason Robello at legendary UK jazz club Ronnie Scott's.
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Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott's CD (2008)

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