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Victor Wooten of Flecktones to play 2 sets Monday at State Room
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The 48-year-old Victor Wooten is one of the best bass players of his (or any) generation, and audiences will be treated to two sets from the Victor Wooten Band.

A founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Wooten said in a phone interview that Fleck is taking time off to enjoy his recent marriage to fellow banjo player Abigail Washburn.

Throughout the Flecktones' existence, Fleck has encouraged band members to pursue different opportunities. "Béla understands the needs of everyone to go off on their own," Wooten said. "We rejuvenate and bring back some fuel."

Wooten's most recent projects include two albums he released on his own label in late September: the instrumental "Sword & Stone" and "Words and Tones."

An experienced teacher, he also is featured on the soundtrack to former Flecktone Jeff Coffin's recent instruction book The Articulate Jazz Musician, co-written by Utah educator and bandleader Caleb Chapman. Wooten said he's about halfway through writing the sequel to his own book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music.

The only time he gets to write, he said, is when he is on the road. When he's at home, he's busy helping his wife home-school their four children.

When • Monday, 8 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $35 at thestateroom.com

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