Introducing Lynn Seaton!

Discussion in 'Ask Lynn Seaton' started by paul, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. paul

    paul Staff Member Founder Administrator

    Jul 20, 2000
    I'm very excited to introduce Lynn Seaton to TalkBass, and to this, our first jazz double bass "Ask a Pro" forum! Lynn Seaton is regarded as one of the foremost jazz bassists in the world, and I'm very pleased that he's agreed to take some time to host this forum, and to make himself available for your questions! For more information on Lynn Seaton, including a current concert calendar, visit his webpage at

    Lynn Seaton Bio:

    Lynn was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 18, 1957. He began studying classical guitar at age seven, switching to string bass at age nine. While studying music at the University of Oklahoma, he began working the clubs around the state.

    In September of 1980, Lynn relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to join the Steve Schmidt Trio and the Blue Wisp Big Band. He was awarded a Jazz Studies Fellowship in the summer of 1981 from the National Endowment for the Arts to study with Rufus Reid.

    Lynn has been a faculty member at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Long Island University, State University of New York at New Paltz, William Patterson College, and is currently teaching at the University of North Texas. He thoroughly enjoys teaching workshops, coaching ensembles, and doing artist-in residence programs, having done many throughout America and Europe including numerous schools, kindergarten through college, Jamey Aebersold’s and UNT jazz camps, and Clark Terry’s Institute of Jazz Studies. He currently has private students as well.

    During September of 1984, Lynn joined Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd. July of 1985 brought him a position with the Count Basie Orchestra. During this time he moved to New York City (1986) where he resided until 1998. After his two-year engagement with the Basie Band, he did an extended tour with Tony Bennett and a six-month tour with George Shearing. Much of 1991 was spent touring with Monty Alexander. 1992 through 1994 was spent freelancing in the New York area. 1995 until the fall of 2000 was with the Jeff Hamilton Trio. He has performed at festivals world wide including the Bern, Concord, JVC, Kool, Kyoto, Chicago, Nice, Elkhart, Kansas City, Montreal, Edmonton, Newport, North Sea, Perugia, West Coast, San Sebastian, Ottercrest, Topeka, Sarasota, Paradise Valley and Poori. At present, Lynn is freelancing and touring as a performer and clinician with a variety of people.

    Lynn has worked alongside many outstanding musicians, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ernestine Anderson, Buck Clayton, Al Cohn, Kenny Drew Jr., Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Herb Ellis, John Fedchock, Frank Foster, Freddy Green, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Wynard Harper, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Mark Murphy, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Raney, Emily Remler, Diane Schuur, Maria Schneider, Bud Shank, Carol Sloane, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, Frank Wess, Joe Willliams, Nancy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Mark Vinci and Teddy Wilson. In addition, he has worked in the jingle studios, pit bands for shows, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, has performed on television broadcasts including CBS Sunday Morning and the Bill Cosby show, Japanese, Dutch, Swiss and German National TV, and radio broadcasts including NPR and several European stations.

    Lynn has participated in over 100 recording sessions, including: the Grammy Award winning "Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra" and the Grammy nominated "Woody Herman 50th Anniversary."

    He is currently living in Highland Village, Texas, working and recording with many great jazz artists, and leading his own trio. He has five recordings as a leader, “Bassman’s Basement”, “Solo Flights”, “Live !!!”, “Lower Convergence Bass Trio”, and “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. Kendor Press has published his book "Jazz Solos for Bass".


    Lynn Seaton has “a spirit of bold experimentation while still embracing the Old School.
    Bill Milkowski, Jazz Critic

    “Seaton lays down an imposing walking groove…and demonstrates sublime lyricism”
    Bass Player Magazine

    “Seaton is a bass player with a technique beyond imagining – his hand slides up and down the neck of the bass with the speed of the darting tongue of a cobra, his fingers dance on the strings ala Fred Astaire, and the notes come bursting forth.”
    Sid Weinberg, Blue Notes Jazz Letter

    Milt Hinton’s Five Favorite Bassists…
    “Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Rufus Reid, Lynn Seaton, and Christian McBride.
    New York Times

    “Lynn is an excellent player, inspiring clinician, outstanding teacher and one of the finest musicians presently preserving the music through education”
    Jamey Aebersold

    “An imaginative and deft soloist, he draws a remarkable wealth of sonorities from his instrument. Seaton is particularly fond of playing with the bow, which he masters with great virtuosity. Regardless of the tempo, his music radiates exquisite swing.”
    Aleardo Buzzi, Claves Jazz

    “One of the best clinicians I’ve seen is Lynn Seaton”
    Jiggs Wigham

    “ Lynn Seaton is an outstanding musician who has provided our students with meaningful instruction during our jazz residency.”
    Rob Ratner, Director of Performing and Fine Arts, Mineola, NY Schools

    “His sound is like that of the fine orchestral bassist, for he has developed his Arco technique to the level of his formidable pizzicato…Lynn Seaton has effectively established his own voice in current jazz music.”
    Matthew Hughes, International Society of Bassists Magazine
  2. paul

    paul Staff Member Founder Administrator

    Jul 20, 2000
  3. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Awesome. Welcome to TB, Lynn!
  4. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Hi Lynn,

    Glad a resource as good as this is joining TB. I still use your advice of listening to B3 players for great lines often.

    I have left Oklahoma, so feel free to send any of your students North for jobs!! I still get calls.....:eek:

  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Hi Lynn. I've thought about asking you to do something like this many times, but never thought you'd agree. I'm glad you did! Welcome to the dungeon. :)
  6. ctcruiser


    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    Welcome to the community!

    I enjoy listening to "Live at Steamers" with the Jeff Hamilton Trio.
  7. Wow. Hey Lynn - great to see you lead a Q+A forum here. I recently recomended a guitarist to attend UNT and was astounded to see the great faculty line-up at my old school. I'm sure to have a question or two for you.
    Take care.
  8. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    Thank you. I look forward to your questions.
  9. mkp


    Sep 4, 2010
    I am really happy to note that finally talkbass has devoted some pages for Lynn Seaton. In my view he is one of the most underrated jazz bassists of all time. I have always been a real fan of him and I had good He is a true genius. I had the privilege to watch him during his world tour with Count Basie's orchestra. Anyway I would like to thank Paul for this wonderful article. It helped me to know more about Lynn. Even though the article is a bit old.
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  10. Lynn

    I'm having an Upton bass made, based on your design recommendations. It's the Bostonian, and should be ready in a month!
  11. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    I am sure you will enjoy the new bass. I have had mine a few months and it has really opened up and projects amazingly well. The tone is very clear and focused. The bass is also very easy to play. Have fun with the new instrument!
  12. katmancross


    Nov 18, 2012
    I am looking for the best possible EUB.
    I am getting a small settlement in mid December, I hope, and I want one. But it has to be very user friendly. 4 strings only.
    And a very low action as my right hand was impaled in a job site accident. My hand tends to cramp up on me.
    I posted this request under Double Basses and my user ID is Katmancross.
    I would sincerely appreciate your advice on this matter.


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  13. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    Hi Phil,
    I do not own an EUB and don't really have any experience with them to make any recommendations. I invite our readers to share their experiences on this page.
  14. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Okay, I'll bite and take a stab at this. Hi Phil. First, there probably isn't a "best possible EUB" because all of them involve some compromise in comparison to an acoustic DB. What's best for you will be different for others. For instance, which would you prioritize higher: portability, authentic DB sound, or cost? Like the saying goes, pick two - because you probably can't get all three. That said, I bought an Eminence several years ago and typically take it with me when I travel because it is pretty portable and sounds acceptably to me. I rarely use it on a local gig though because it still doesn't have the depth of tone that my acoustic DB has. I'm happy with my Eminence and aside from a more DB-like EUB, like the Czech-ease, I don't think I can find a better one for my purposes, although I'll grant that the Azola's and Messenger's are fine instruments and certainly in the running. If you do a search on the DB forum's here, you'll find endless discussions about EUBs. You can also find some resources at the Gollihur Music web site. I've even seen pretty comprehensive lists of all of the EUB's ever made.
  15. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    I do travel with a Czech-Ease from David Gage, but don't really think of it as an EUB because it is acoustic. I amplify it with a Gage Realist pickup and/or a Shure Beta 56. I even recorded with it on one of John Fedchock's CD's.
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