The John Lamkin "Favorites" Jazz Quintet
John R. Lamkin II - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Craig Alston - Saxophones
Warren Wolf - Piano
Kris Funn - Bass
John Lamkin III - Drums
Eartha Lamkin - Vocals
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John R. Lamkin, II, Ph.D.
Currently the Director of Bands and the coordinator of Music Education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, John R. Lamkin, II received his Bachelors from South Carolina State University, his Masters from Morgan University, and his Doctorate from The University of Maryland at College Park. All his academic degrees have been in Music Education. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dr. Lamkin taught in the public school systems in South Carolina and Baltimore before joining the faculty at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Lamkin also serves on the faculty of Sojourner Douglass College. Not only is Dr. Lamkin a professional educator and a professional trumpet player who is equally adept in the jazz, classical and sacred genres, Dr. Lamkin has served as a clinician, a gust conductor, a festival adjudicator, and the promoter/organizer of the Eastern Shore High School Jazz Ensemble Festival.
Dr. Lamkin’s performance credits include performances with Eubie Blake, the Manhattans, Bob Hope, Stephanie Mills, Maurice Hynes, Stanley Turrentine, Sunny Stitt, Vaughn Freeman, Frank Foster, Larry Riddley, Onaje allan Gumbs, Cyrus Chestnut, Charles Earland, Charles Fambrow, Benny Golson, Keter Betts, Ralph Peterson, Harvey Mason, the Dells, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Zim Zimeral Orchestra, the Baltimore City Big Band, the Hank Levy Legacy Band, the Whit Williams Big Band, the Lynn Gray Orchestra, the Dale Corn Big Band, the Blue Moon Big Band, the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band, the Washington Jazz Battalion, and the Peabody Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Lamkin has also performed with his own jazz and jazz/rock groups in various night clubs in the Baltimore and Washington area, and for many parties and weddings.
Dr. Lamkin has also performed either, as a trumpet soloist, with his sacred jazz quintet, with his brass ensemble, or as a guest conductor at various area churches, including: All Saints Catholic Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, Lochearn Presbyterian Church, Union Baptist Church, Heritage Baptist Church, Timothy Baptist Church, City Temple Baptist Church, Milford Mill United Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, the Holy Covenant Episcopal Church, Waylon Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant Ministries, and St. Mark on the Hill.
In 1984, Dr. Lamkin recorded is only album, titled “Hot,” on which he wrote all but one of the compositions.
As a child, Dr. Lamkin grew up in Atlantic City during a time when live jazz music filled its streets, and was an integral part of the community; especially during the summer. It was during these formative years that he fell in love with music, particularly the sound of jazz, and realized that he was called to dedicate his life to the perpetuation of our American musical heritage – Jazz.
Dr Lamkin is married to Eartha S. Lamkin, an area vocalist and educator, and they have three children: John II, David, and Jocelyn.
Craig Alston is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore who is best known as the saxophonist for Fertile Ground. However, Craig is also very busy playing piano and bass with several local groups and performs regularly under his own name.
Early in his career, Craig studied Music Education at Morgan Sate University. During his tenure at Morgan State Craig's focus switched from being an educator to a performer. It was then that Craig turned his energy to perfecting his craft to be a world class jazz musician. After leaving college and performing with both national and local artist Craig joined the group Fertile Ground. Craig fell right into place with the group who's sound was influenced by Sade,Fela Kuti, Miles Davis quintet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As a member of Fertile Ground Craig has traveled to the United Kingdom (UK), Japan, Belgium, France, Croatia, Austria, and elsewhere sharing it's unique blend of jazz, soul and world music. The broad exposure has allowed him to learn and grow from the various musicians and styles encountered. Craig has never forgotten his roots in education and is the instrumental music teacher /musical Director for the Maryland summer center gifted and talented music program. His goal is to eventually finish his education degree and open a music school in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Previously Craig Alston has done work with David Murray, Oliver Lake, John Hicks,Jimmy Heath, Julie Dexter, the Basement boys, Dj Spen, Raheem Devaughn, Eric Roberson, Lafayette Gilchrist and Deborah Bond, and a host of others. However, the demand for Craig Alston to perform under his own name has greatly increased. This has led Craig to experiment with various size groups that range from the Craig Alston Trio to the Craig Alston Octet in order to find his true voice.
In December 2006 Craig joined Genese Music and Entertainment as Senior Consultant for its Obia Soul label. His experience and guidance has been embraced and absorbed by the entire Obia Soul family.
Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. From the young age of three years old, he began to study the Vibraphone/Marimba, Drums, and Piano. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr., who exposed to all genres of music, Warren studied classical composers from Bach, to Shostakovich. He also studied ragtime music, particularly the music of Scot Joplin, as well as the music of most of the famous jazz composers from Charlie Parker, to Wynton Marsalis. During his childhood years, Warren attended the Peabody Preparatory. During his teenage years, Warren attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, and in 2001 he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
After graduating from Berklee, Warren became an active musician on the Boston local scene and in September of 2003, Berklee College of Music hired him to as an instructor in the percussion department. In 2005 Warren returned to Baltimore pursue his goal to become a full time performing musician.
Warren has several recordings as a leader and has played with a host of jazz musicians including: Mulgrew Miller, Rodney Whitaker, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David "Fathead" Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others far to numerous to mention.
Currently, Warren is a member of bassist Christian McBride’s touring band “Inside Straight,” and also performs regularly with his own group, “Wolf Pack.”
Kristopher Funn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing the trumpet at age four and at age 14, upon entering high school, he took up the double bass. Through the instruction of his father, Charles Funn, Kristopher performed his first professional bass gig the same year he began learning the instrument. Other early accomplishments included winning the "unsung hero" at the Fish Middleton jazz competition at the East Coast Jazz festival also in the first year of instruction. At age 18, Kristopher attended Howard University to study Computer Science while also performing in the Howard University Jazz Ensemble for two years. After graduating with an honors degree in computer science, Kristopher decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, performing in several venues in the Baltimore Washington metropolitan areas. At age 23, Kristopher began touring internationally with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. For four years he traveled to every major jazz festival in the world touching six continents. Kristopher has appeared on several recordings including trumpeter Christian Scott’s new album on the Concord Jazz Label. He continues to perform professionally in the Washington D.C. area while touring with the Christian Scott Quintet.
John Lamkin III
John Russell Lamkin, III is a native of Baltimore Maryland. He began playing drums at the tender age of four. His father, John R Lamkin, II, (a well respected trumpeter in the greater Baltimore /Washington area), noticed the talent of his young son and began encouraging him to develop his natural abilities. So he grew up listening to the legendary sounds of Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Dennis Chambers, Harvey Mason, Stewart Copeland, Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones and others who all heavily influenced his style and commitment to the music. With both his parents as role models, John found himself attending The Manhattan School of Music in New York City and later, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While Living in Boston, Lamkin has been recognized by and played with a number of exceptionally talented recording artists. Among them have been alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Michael Henderson, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, pianist Danilo Perez, smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, vocalist Jean Carne, vocalist Nnenna Freelon, pianist Mulgrew Miller, trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, bassist Christian McBride, R&B vocalist Jon B, pianist Chick Corea, the late great Lionel Hampton, Living legends Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Brown, Cuba Gooding Sr., Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson. Now at the age of 34, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lamkin finds himself at the threshold of his career. He maintains however, a deep respect and appreciation of those whove set standards in the music world.
A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Eartha Shivers-Lamkin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Claflin University in South Carolina. Ms Lamkin (Eartha) has completed post-graduate studies at both the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina, and received a Masters of Education Degree from Coppin State University. A recent retiree from the Baltimore County School System, Eartha is presently the Chairman of the Department of Humanities at Sojourner Douglass College. She is also the Music Coordinator at Timothy Baptist Church, and is the CEO of the Timothy Baptist Summer Music Enrichment Camp designed for students interested in learning or continuing to sing or play a musical instrument during the summer.
A dazzling vocalist with impeccable taste, Eartha's performing ex¬periences have exposed her to a variety of professional settings. She has performed with her husband in his various jazz, sacred and R&B bands, and recorded on his album” Hot.” She has also performed with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, The Washington Jazz Battal¬ion, Duke Ellington, The Jimmy Wells Quartet, Keter Belts, Moe Daniels, and Gene Walker's Baltimore City - Big Band. In addition to these diverse experiences, Eartha has performed for local television programs in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., the State of Maine, and has performed internationally in Korea, the Virgin Islands and Africa. Other performances include Radio City Music Hall, The Lyric Theater, Car¬negie Hall, The Meyerhof Symphony Hall, The Cotton Club in New York City, The Cellar Door, Blues Alley, and appears with the Morgan State University Choir under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter on their recording with composer Phillip Glass, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
A music teacher and choral director, Eartha always encourages young peo¬ple to pursue and continue their musical studies. A brilliant talent, she is always willing to assist fellow musicians. She is married to the distinguished trumpeter, arranger, conductor and educator, Dr. John R. Lamkin, II. They are the proud parents of three, John III and David, and, Jocelyn.