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A Tribute to Jimmie Blanton: The Pioneering Bassist of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

Ertegun Hall of Fame Festival

With music director and bassist Ben Wolfe, bassists Russell Hall and Philip Norris, pianist Mike King, drummer Aaron Kimmel, and tenor saxophonist Ruben Fox.

Entering the Hall of Fame in his centennial year, bassist James “Jimmie” Blanton proved one of the most groundbreaking voices on the string bass in jazz’s history. In his all-too-short 23 years, Blanton sparked a bass revolution, applying formidable pizzicato and arco techniques that drew the bass from its role as timekeeper and brought it to the forefront as a solo voice. His astonishing harmonic ear and unerring sense of swing enabled him to create deft and complex contrapuntal lines in the music, while his innovative mind inspired him to take some of jazz’s first bass solos, notably during his time with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1939–1941. In tonight's bass round table, bassists Ben Wolfe, Russell Hall, and Philip Norris—accompanied by the superb pianist Mike King and drummer Aaron Kimmel—will explore some of the tunes that Blanton made famous with Duke Ellington and Ben Webster, demonstrating how Blanton's visionary conception of the bass role remains felt to this very day.

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Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor


Set Times*

7:30 & 9:30pm nightly

Late Night Session Tues-Sat

Doors Open at 11:15pm

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