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In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists
Bassists

In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists

Like the rest of the world, we’re in mourning over the passing of the Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul’s incredible vocal talents put a stamp on her generation while also giving her music a timeless quality that continues to be relevant today. Her career had highs and lows, but she was always a staple of the music world. We’re...

King Curtis: Soul Serenade
Bass Videos

King Curtis: Soul Serenade

I love all the footage from this 1971 performance by King Curtis & The Kingpins. The whole band is fantastic, and Jerry Jemmott shows us how it’s done. Here’s “Soul Serenade”. Be sure to also check out “Ridin’ Thumb” (my favorite of this excellent concert) and “Memphis Soul Stew“.

Groove – Episode #2: Jerry Jemmott
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #2: Jerry Jemmott

There is a memorable scene in the Modern Electric Bass instructional video from 1986, when Jerry Jemmott asks Jaco Pastorius who really influenced the development of his playing style. Without missing a beat, Pastorius starts riffing on some of Jemmott’s classic funk bass lines. He talks about how he would listen to the radio, and try to emulate the sounds...

Bass Legend Jerry Jemmott Releases Eclectic Album with All-Star Lineup
New Albums

Bass Legend Jerry Jemmott Releases Eclectic Album with All-Star Lineup

If you love R&B, soul and jazz bass you know and love Jerry Jemmott, who popped up again on national TV recently backing Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on The Late Show With David Letterman. A two-time Grammy winner, Jemmott was discovered by saxophonist/bandleader King Curtis, gained fame as a session player in the 1960s and started a solo career...

Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance
Bass Videos

Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

Last night, Aretha Franklin took the stage as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Queen of Soul, now 72, sang her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” before she and the band segued into “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The legendary singer was once again backed by Jerry Jemmott, who began performing with Ms. Franklin...

Aretha Franklin with Jerry Jemmott: “Make It With You” (1971)
Bass Videos

Aretha Franklin with Jerry Jemmott: “Make It With You” (1971)

Sometimes you just need a nice buttery groove to make your day. Here’s Jerry Jemmott making it happen with Aretha Franklin on the song “Make It With You” during her 1971 concert at Fillmore West.

Stories Behind the Songs: Jerry Jemmott
Stories Behind the Songs

Stories Behind the Songs: Jerry Jemmott

Chances are, if you’re listening to a Soul hit from back in the day, you’re listening to Jerry Jemmott. In his prolific career spanning over 40 years, the bassist’s work helped shape the Atlantic Records and Muscle Shoals sounds. He has left his stamp on some generation-defining hits alongside musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, King Curtis, B.B. King,...

Gregg Allman: Just Another Rider, Live with Jerry Jemmott
Bass Videos

Gregg Allman: Just Another Rider, Live with Jerry Jemmott

I’ve been listening to a ton of music with the great Jerry Jemmott lately and decided to check out some videos too. This one, which aired on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year, made me smile to see the bass legend still going strong. Really strong.

Jerry Jemmott To Tour With Gregg Allman Band
Concerts & Tours

Jerry Jemmott To Tour With Gregg Allman Band

The Gregg Allman band is hitting the road for a Winter 2010/2011 tour that runs up and down the east coast, with bassist Jerry Jemmott. The group is making the trek in support of Allman’s upcoming album, Low Country Blues. The album, which actually features bassist Dennis Crouch, is a collection of cover songs by famous bluesmen, including Muddy Waters,...

King Curtis & The Kingpins: Memphis Soul Stew
Bass Videos

King Curtis & The Kingpins: Memphis Soul Stew

Today’s special is “Memphis Soul Stew”, with about a half a tea cup of bass from Jerry Jemmott. Listen to the band move, watch the people groove y’all.