About Mickey Bass.....
Hear a 'live' Interview at The IAJE;
with Rhonda Hamilton of WBGO "Jazz '88"
He's Played and Recorded with:
Bennie Green, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Ramon Morris, Reuban Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey & The "Jazz Messengers", Curtis Fuller, Freddie Redd, Bobby Timmons, Tony Williams, 'Philly' Joe Jones, Walter Bishop Jr., Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, Wynton Kelly, John Hicks, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae, Miriam Makeba, & Gloria Lynne; for whom he also served as Musical Director, for seventeen years.
He was Awarded: A National Endowment for The Arts, Composers' Grant, in 1980.
With this Mickey wrote; "A String Quartet, with Jazz Rhythm Section and 'miscellaneous' Percussion."
His Compositions have been Recorded by; Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Reuban Wilson, Art Blakey, Ramon Morris, George Cables, Ronnie Mathews, Richard Wyands and Rahn Burton. Mickeys' work is also Featured on two recent Albums of John Hicks'; "Piece for My Peace", and on A Tribute to Earl 'Fatha' Hines; "Fatha's Day".
Mickeys' Compositions; can also be found on his own Record Label "Early Bird", which he founded in1990.
Featured on this label are: "The Manhattan Burn Unit", Mickey Bass & "The Co-operation", "The Timeless All Stars", Bobby Timmons, "The Reunion Legacy Band".
As Bandleader, Educator, Innovator; he has influenced a whole 'host' of now prominent Musicians: Bandmembers, Students and Artists whom he has 'Produced' include; Eric Allen, Gary Bartz, Marc Cary, Craig Handy, Winard Harper, Antonio Hart, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Nelson, Carter Jefferson, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney, Charles Tolliver, Steve Turre, Myron Walden, Bobby Watson, and both Branford & Wynton Marsalis; who played with Mickeys' Bands, before they moved to work with Art Blakey & "The Jazz Messengers".....Mickeys' Compositions are amongst the tunes they cut their chops on, during their tenure with "The Messengers".....
From 1975 to 1978, Mickey taught Acoustic Bass & Jazz Improvisation at "The Ellington School of The Arts", Washington, D.C. Whilst he was there:
Mickey Bass: "A Particularly rewarding 'role' was; functioning as Director of "The Jazz Ensemble" for whom I did all the Writing, Arranging and Conducting. The Musical Repertoire was vast and diverse, and of course it included a 'goodly' amount of Duke Ellingtons' Music; which I especially enjoyed Arranging.
During this three year period, I had the pleasure of nurturing "The Jazz Ensemble" to an eventual state of maturity and sophistication. This Ensemble evolved to such a level of Musical excellence that I felt 'moved' to Produce a sound recording of the group.
In September I was asked to return to Washington to do a Television Production with this Ensemble; a ninety minute show, in two segments - the first based on Langston Hughes' life in the Harlem of the 'thirties - a Play, set to Music, played by former members of "The Jazz Ensemble" (whos' members, perhaps I should include, included Wallace Roney & Eric Allen). The second part was comprised of three dance pieces, set to Duke Ellingtons' Music, and played by current members of "The Jazz Ensemble".
I assumed total responsibility for the complete Arrangement of the entire Musical format.
The T.V. Show, "Ellington, 'Live' " was taped, for possible syndication.
The show was 'picked up', and aired by W.E.T.A. as "A Night at Ellington".
Mickey is; "A regular 'spark-plug' on the Harlem Music Scene!" Whether it be in performance; with his "New York Powerhouse Ensemble" or His "Manhattan Burn Unit"; or in his capacity as 'Creative Consultant' to Jazz Clubs and Organizations; this is a Man, who has made his presence 'known' in New York City, for over forty years.....he is, in fact, somewhat of an 'Elder Statesman', on The World Jazz Scene today.
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