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John Lamb's All-Star Birthday Concert

Discussion in 'Social Events and GTG's [DB]' started by Steve Boisen, Dec 20, 2018.


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  1. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    John Lamb's All-Star Birthday Concert on January 6th will feature a double bass quartet performing my arrangement of one of the former Duke Ellington bassist's favorite jazz standards. Joining me in the quartet will be noted bassists/educators Mark Neuenschwander, Alejandro Arenas, and Joe Porter. I hope you can join us for this event where we hope to prove that you can never have too much bass! Bass Chior.

    - Steve
     
  2. bigtiny

    bigtiny

    Jun 20, 2010
    Cambridge, MA
    John was my 10th grade band director and an early mentor. Phenomenal bass player and great guy. A lot of people don't know that before moving to FL and after playing Ellington, he taught in Philadelphia. Former students include Stanley Clarke. For those of you in the area Joe Porter and Mark Neuenschwander are also excellent players.
     
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  3. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Very cool! John sometimes talks about living in Philadelphia and has mentioned teaching Stanley Clarke. John still plays gigs regularly at 85 and he sounds great. It's always a treat to hear him play, and sometimes he has me sit in...on the same bass he played with Duke.

    I took some lessons with Mark Neuenschwander when I returned to playing the double bass a little over twenty years ago and he set me on the right track.

    - Steve
     
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  4. bigtiny

    bigtiny

    Jun 20, 2010
    Cambridge, MA
    Back in '73 or so, Return to Forever played at the old Bayfront center theater (now the Mahaffey theater). A friend of mine in band had gone to the show and we were standing in the bandroom talking about it. My buddy was raving about the show. John happened to be walking by (we hardly knew him) and asked my friend what he like about the concert. My buddy started raving about the band and musicianship, and then noted Stanley Clarke's awesome performance. John went to the back of the room and selected one of the several never used acoustic basses (we didn't have an orchestra and never knew why those basses were there). He brought it down and tuned it a bit, then unleashed a two minute stream of awesome bass playing. Afterward, as my buddy and I stood there with our jaws on the floor, John casually remarked "Yeah, Stanley was a student of mine...." and walked off.
    A couple of years later RTF was back at the same venue. Clarke started playing a solo improv on acoustic bass and broke a string on his bass. He jokingly asked the audience "Can anybody here play one of these with a broken string?" "I can" came a shout from the audience, as John strode up to the stage. Clarke greeted him warmly, introduced him, and I believe they did a duo together.
    We used to dress up and sneak into lounge gigs that John played around town (we were underage). He used to have a great duo with a guy named Vic Suchin (if I recall correctly).
    John's a monster.
     
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  5. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    The concert went well and John Lamb enjoyed the bass quartet. Of course he had to sit in a few times during the concert and he sounded great as always. Here are a few pictures from the event and a short cell phone video of the quartet:

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    - Steve
     
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  6. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    UK
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    Great work Steve! This must have been an incredible evening for all involved. I love the photo of John Lamb, what an inspiration to us all.
    Plus, great work with the quartet!
     
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