Mon Jul 3
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Traditional straight-ahead jazz quintet that plays all original music. Styles covered include hardtop, Latin jazz to jazz/rock and funky jazz.
Dr. John Lamkin II is a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Atlantic City high school, he entered South Carolina State College (now South Carolina State University) where he earned a degree in Music Education and subsequently taught instrumental music in the South Carolina public school system. In the early 70s he became the band director at Edmondson High School in Baltimore City and later earned his Masters in Music Education from Morgan State University. In the mid 80s, Lamkin became the Director of Bands and an Instructor in the Department of Music Education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After receiving his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Maryland College Park, he became the Music Coordinator and the Coordinator of Music Education at UMES. During his thirty-year tenure there, he developed the UMES Wind Ensemble, the UMES Jazz Ensemble and the UMES Pep Band. Of the three ensembles he directed, the UMES Jazz Ensemble became the most visible, the most sought after and the most celebrated.
While at UMES, Dr. Lamkin was instrumental in attracting several jazz icons to work and perform with his students. Some of those musicians included Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Robin Eubanks, Jon Faddis, Cindy Blackman, Steve Torre, Ralph Peterson, Jimmy Heath, and the late Shirley Scott, the late Stanley Turrentine. Dr. Lamkin also became a sought-after clinician, guest conductor, festival adjudicator, and was the promoter/organizer of the Eastern Shore High School Jazz Ensemble Festival, staged at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He retired from UMES in 2014 and in 2016 he was conferred “Professor Emeritus” for outstanding service to UMES.
Not only is Dr. Lamkin a professional educator he is a professional trumpet player who is equally proficient in the jazz, classical and sacred genres. His performance credits include performances with The Manhattans, Stephanie Mills, Maurice Hines, Sonny Stitt, Frank Foster, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Keter Betts, Cyrus Chestnut, Harvey Mason, the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band, The Dells and K. C. and the Sunshine Band. Locally, Dr. Lamkin has performed with The Zim Zimeral Orchestra, Baltimore City Big Band, the Lynn Grey Orchestra, the Hank Levy Legacy Orchestra, the Whit Williams Big Band, and the Washington Jazz Battalion. Dr. Lamkin has also performed with his own jazz and jazz/rock groups in many nightclubs, concert halls, festivals, parties, and weddings in the Baltimore/Washington area.