Jerry Jemmott Publishes Autobiography, “Make It Happen!”
There’s a new must-read book for bass players on the market as Jerry Jemmott has published his autobiography. Make It Happen!: The Life and Times of “The Groovemaster,” Bassist Jerry Jemmott features forewords by Chuck Rainey, Ron Carter, and Robert Trujillo, who all sing his praises.
Jemmott’s bass playing has been on the radio for over five decades. He played on hits like “Instant Groove” by King Curtis, “Think” and “You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin, “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King, and more. Many bass fans may also recognize him as the interviewer in the Jaco Pastorius educational video Modern Electric Bass.
As incredible as his career has been, his life has been just as dynamic.
“Most people only know about me as the Grammy Award winning bass player who is acknowledged as ‘One of the most influential bassist that changed the way the instrument was played,’ [Bass Player Magazine] but while writing about me ‘the person’, I discovered more about myself than I really wanted to know; secrets, which I have held in my heart throughout my life, that contributed to my success and failures,” Jemmott shared. “In this book I will reveal what was going on in my life during my formative years and most of the sessions that occurred as a bi-product of the turbulence of the 1950s through to today.”