Born in the Bronx, New York in 1946, this two time Grammy Award-wining bassist
was one of the pre-eminent session bassists of the late 1960s and early 1970s,
working with an impressive cross section of the era's finest soul, jazz and blues
One of the youngest of the many jazz musicians to come out the Bronx during the
1950s, Jerry Jemmott found his way to prominence on acoustic bass with Pucho &
The Latin Soul Brothers and the Mercer Ellington Orchestra. He switched to electric
bass in 1964 and shaped his skills to eventually join many of his heroes in the
recording studios of New York City.
He played on and arranged his first major recording sessions with JJ Jackson and
played on Nina Simone's 'The Blues' album in 1965.
He got his big break when he was discovered by Rhythm 'n Blues/Jazz saxophonist
King Curtis, and thanks to his Atlantic Records connection through Curtis he
subsequently became a key architect of the Atlantic Records and Muscle Shoals
Jerry has been a performer since the age of five, starting as a tap dancer with Mary
Bruce’s Star Buds, in Harlem, where he performed at Carnegie Hall in their annual