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Mickey Bass

Emanating from a musical hotbed in Pittsburgh; his maternal grandmother performed in minstrel shows, and taught piano; she had graduated cum laude; taught English to Italian immigrants, and taught Mickey & his cousins Barbershop Harmony. Her daughter, Mickeys' mother also sang & danced. He was born, into all of this on May 2nd 1943... Lee Oddis Bass III. A Pittsburgh born Bassist, who became, and is, a Major force on The New York Jazz Scene for more than 40 years. In 1966 Downbeat declared him to be “A first rate soloist!” In 1970 Downbeat said “Definitely worth listening to! His melodious ideas are something to behold..." While performing with the great Jimmy McGriff "Essence" Magazine cited him to be "The Heartbeat of The Group" and while playing with Freddie Hubbard, Lee Edwards found Mickeys' Ensemble work to be "Nothing short of brilliant!" Mickey Bass has Played, and Recorded with; Bennie Green, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Ramon Morris, Reuben Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey & The ‘Jazz Messengers‘, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae,Miriam Makeba, Gloria Lynne (for whom he also served as Musical Director for seventeen years) Hank Mobley, and Lee Morgan. Teacher; ‘Bass’ “Jazz-Mobile, Inc.” 1965 to present An Organization founded by Dr

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Giant Steps EP 2

Featuring the music of Mickey Bass
Duration: 24:49

Episode 2 No Respect. Kim is confronted with discrimination in jazz education while working at the Jazz Elders Foundation. Bid Daddy reams Manny for booking two singers at the same time and Mickey gets no respect in the movie business. Cast Mickey Bass, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Gregory Charles Royal, Mark 'Icewater' Gross, Paul Tafoya as 'Manny', Kimberly Singh, Zari Veres Royal and Marist Veres Royal -with James Zollar -trumpet, Bobby Lavell,- tenor sax Anthony Wonsey- piano, Mark Johnson - drums and Billy Johnson - bass.
ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Timeless All Stars: Time for The Timeless All Stars

Read "Time for The Timeless All Stars" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A common strategy of promotion in jazz is to highlight the famous musicians that any given musician has played with. It seems that being a name is a sign of quality in itself and, naturally, it follows that many stars make a great record. However, there is also an old saying that “too many cooks spoil ...

NEWS: EVENT

Mickey Bass & His Quartet “the Manhattan Burn Unit" at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Mickey Bass & His Quartet “the Manhattan Burn Unit" at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

On Sunday April 12th Mickey Bass will be appearing at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 1719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Recently Branford Marsalis graced the acoustically divine Venue with his Quartet, appearing with Mickey will be a hot little ensemble out of N.Y.C. who will guarantee to put a little pep in your step ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mickey Bass Manhattan Burn Unit

Mickey Bass Manhattan Burn Unit

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 ...

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Mickey Bass & Manhattan Burn Unit @ Sista's Place

Mickey Bass & Manhattan Burn Unit @ Sista's Place

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 ...

NEWS: EVENT

Mickey Bass & The New York Powerhouse Ensemble at Scullers Jazz Club on August 29, 2012

Mickey Bass & The New York Powerhouse Ensemble at Scullers Jazz Club on August 29, 2012

There is a new CD, out on the “Early Bird" Record label; “The Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble - 'Live' at The Jazz Corner of The World." The band featured on this CD is the same one that opened the JVC Jazz Festival in 2002, playing at the Schoenberg, and at Gracie Mansion.They received standing ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble

The Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble

For over three decades, Goddard Riverside has hosted a series of Musical Evenings featuring outstanding musicians; The high intensity of this band of Players, with their 'take no prisoners' attitude promises to be a rare Musical treat, and is not to be missed! This band is exactly what it says it is -- A Powerhouse, and ...

John Hicks: Live at the Jazz Corner of the World, Jammin' Uptown & Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks

Read "John Hicks: Live at the Jazz Corner of the World, Jammin' Uptown & Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse EnsembleLive at the Jazz Corner of the WorldEarly Bird2009 Alvin QueenJammin' UptownNilva-Just a Memory2008 John Hicks Legacy BandMind Wine: The Music of John Hicks


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