John Lamkin 'Favorites' Jazz Quintet
celebrating John Lamkin's birthday
John Lamkin II, Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Allyn Johnson, Piano
Craig Alston, Saxophone
Kris Funn, Bass
Eartha Lamkin, Vocals
John Lamkin III, Drums
Tickets: $15/$10 students
Join us for a birthday cake celebration between 6 & 7 pm
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 III, David, and Jocelyn.