Well-rounded, conscious, Bassist Troy Lampkins expands the definition of spiritual
music. The son and godson of prominent San Francisco Bay Area Jazz musicians,
Troy began playing the Bass at 4 years old. By 9 years old, Troy had already
played his first gig. By age 15, he was already sharing the stage with Jazz greats
Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Marshall, Ray Obiedo, and his Godfather, the late Ed
Kelly. Influenced by great Bassists like Jaco Pastorius and John Patitucci as well
as the Organ phrasings of Hammond B-3 players Shirley Scott and Jimmy Smith,
Troy fashioned his signature approach to playing Bass. Playing both the Upright
and Electric Bass, Troy is a virtuoso performer on the Electric 6-String Bass.
Since beginning his musical career, Troy has appeared with a number of
prominent artists including Regina Belle, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Tramaine
Hawkins, Marlena Shaw, and Angela Bofill. Well-versed in most musical genres,
Troy’s innovative playing can also be heard on a number of recording projects with
Rhiannon, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Jenna Mammina, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Saxophonist, Dave Ellis, an in-demand session player.
Troy has made appearances on a number of recordings with prominent music producer Narada Michael Walden and still active in the Narada Michael Walden Band for the past 17 years. In 1998, he appeared on the legendary group, The Temptations, platinum selling album Phoenix Rising.
Troy’s current projects include playing with Will Kennedy (drummer of “The Yellow
Jackets”), Verve Recording Artist-Ledisi, and the Marcus Johnson Group. He is
also performing live both domestically and internationally. Also a talented writer
and producer, Troy is currently working on projects for a number of musical artists.
An accomplished professional and a highly sought-after session player, powerful things are sure to come from this innovative bassist and performer.
Jim Richards has been playing drums in and around the Bay Area for over 20 years. During that time he developed a love for jazz while playing with various different groups. Now at age 40, he strikes out with his own standards trio, featuring a rotating cast of his favorite local musicians.
This Friday features two fantastic players: Lorenzo Farrell on organ, and Bob Calo on guitar.
This week Lungomare is happy to welcome Broun Fellinis!
Their debut, Aphrokubist Improvisations, Vol. 9, was released in 1995. The group has created their own mythology explaining their origins — they claim to be from the mythical land of Boohaabia, which floats off the coast of Madagascar and is surrounded by the Phat Temple, the Ministry of Imagination, and the Oasis of Surprise, which are all at equal distances from Boohaabia. Further, Karnaz claims that Boohaabia may be reached through the group’s music, or perhaps through Kirk the Redeemer’s bass cabinet if the pilgrim has brought him some cashews; Karnaz promises that the listener’s chair will then sink six inches into the sand and giraffes will appear, ready to take the listener wherever he may want to go. ~ Steve Huey
Greg has been fortunate to record with a wide variety of musicians. He appears on over 20 full-length albums, including releases by vocalists Marc Courtney Johnson and Typhanie Monique, instrumental releases by the NIA Quintet and guitarist Tony Do Rosario, and the latest blues album by Dave Specter. Just released is the latest recording by vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, featuring pianist Eric Reed.
Adrian Giovenco is an energetic drummer/percussionist who leads the band with a rock-solid pulse. From a very young age, his enthusiasm, sensitivity, and improvisational skills have captured audiences throughout California.
Adrian is very excited to welcome two fantastic musicians from Atlanta, GA, Richelle Scales and Eddie Cooper, who are both making their mark on the Bay Area music scene.