Mickey Bass & His Manhattan Burn Unit
Mar 28 - Mar 29, 2014
Legendary Bassist & Bandleader Mickey Bass is a Hard-bop veteran. As a “Jazz Messenger” he Recorded, Composed & Arranged for Art Blakey. Also worked as a Bassist with Billy Eckstine, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Rollins, to name but a few, and Gloria Lynne, for whom he also served as Musical Director. Recordings include stints with; Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan for “Blue Note” Records, Bobby Timmons on “Prestige” and Curtis Fuller on “Mainstream” ...This event is also to further a book launching of Mickeys' original Jazz Improvisational Method; “The Diminished Whole Tone Concept"
Meanwhile...back to the Band, which will feature a very special guest on the Vibraphone who performed with George Shearing and Dave Holland and was Co-Leader of “Wingspan" with Mulgrew Miller. Myself, I had the fortune to play with him earlier on in his career; one of the formative members of my “Manhattan Burn Unit" along with Carter Jefferson and Michael Carvin, with whom I recorded “Another Way Out" ( 4 1/2 Stars All Music Guide). This very talented man with a one-of-a-kind sound is Steve Nelson. On tenor saxophone will be Charles Davis Jr. who has worked with both Roy Haynes as well as the Sun Ra Orchestra.The Bombardier Eric Allen is a former alumni of Mr. Bass’ Jazz Ensemble at The Ellington School of The Arts, and has played extensively with Wallace Roney’s Quintet. He has also toured Japan with Vocalist Helen Merrill, and played in Illinois Jacquet’s band, along with Richard Wyands and ‘Slam’ Stewart.
“The genuine uncontrived nature of this music and its' ability to provide a conduit to the souls of the performers and audience alike can only serve to inspire jazz lovers and connect people who could be jazz lovers, if only this music could get greater exposure."
—Mercy Monet, Jazz Improv. Magazine. Manhattan Burn Unit @ “Minton's" Be-bop Heritage series Then and Now, November 2006
Performances are on Friday March 28th & Saturday March 29th 2014 with two shows at 8:30PM and 10:30Pm. $25.00 Cover charge @ door, and $20.00 online
Bohemian Caverns, 2001 Eleventh Street, N.W.
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