Dwayne Dolphin Trio

Dwayne Dolphin Trio

Sat. Feb 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$6.00 - $9.00

Dwayne Dolphin
Dwayne Dolphin
Living in Pittsburgh hasn't hurt Dwayne very much though in terms of getting gigs. By the time he was fifteen he was already on the local Pittsburgh jazz scene working with the legendary drummer Rodger Humphries (on Song For My Father and other Horace Silver classics) and many of the local heroes. Dwayne got his first big break right out of high school when he was recruited by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to join his band that also included his brother Branford. He toured all over the U.S. with Wynton's quintet and even played with them on the Tonight Show (long before Branford became musical director). After his work with Marsalis Dwayne joined the band of funky blues master Hank Crawford and as his name spread around he went on to work with some of the greatest names in jazz including Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, Pharaoh Sander and too many more to mention.

One of Dwayne's great attributes is his ability to play fantastic in any style. He worked for a long time with modern pianist Geri Allen as well as other contemporary improvisers like Graham Haynes, Don Byron, Oliver Lake and Arthur Blythe. If that isn't enough he's also toured with the funky bands of Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and of course Fred Wesley. Back in 1994 Dwayne and I along with Bruce Cox on drums formed a cooperative trio called Three of a Kind. We recorded three swinging straight-ahead CD's together, all for Minor Music out of Germany. The first called Three of a Kind featured just the trio. The second we recorded with special guest Stanley Turrentine and was titled Three of a Kind Meets Mr. T for which we received a lot of great reviews. On the third we invited special guest Benny Golson to join us and we called this one Drip Some Grease. Unfortunately this one didn't make it to the states but has done very well in Europe. After recording with Turrentine, Dwayne started working a lot with him until his death a year and half ago. Recently Dwayne can be found playing piccolo bass in his own band called Dwayne Dolphin and Under Cover Project as well as playing and recording quite often with pianist John Hicks.

Recommended CD's to hear Dwayne Dolphin are Maroons by Geri Allen, Something to Live For and Impressions of Mary Lou by John Hicks, Fred Wesley's Amalgamation, any of the Three of a Kind recordings or Dwayne's own Portrait of Adrian (check out some of Dwayne's great compositions on this one). You might even want to hear him on the recently recorded Christmas album with Nancy Wilson. Dwayne Dolphin is a bassist you should know and pay attention to as he definitely has a lot more to say from his home base far from the shores of Manhattan. I myself look forward to seeing that big smiling face on stage again as he walks or funks me to the moon!
Venue Information:
River City Blues Club & Dart Room
819 S Cameron St
Harrisburg, PA, 17104