Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:30pm
Concert is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 7:00pm
John Lumpkin, drums
Dennis Marks, upright bass
Ryan Slatko, piano
Corey Wilcox, trombone
Daniel Dickinson, saxophone
Tori Peoples, vocalist
Thank you to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for awarding Friday Musicale with a grant from the Art Ventures Fund for summer concerts in 2014 & 2015!
John "Lil John" Lumpkin is an up and coming producer, arranger, and drummer through the jazz, r&b and gospel scene. He obtained a bachelor degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and master degree from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. John grew up in the pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues. However, he says, "The church is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be." His decision to become a professional musician came through an audition at Florida Community College of Jacksonville's South Campus. It was at this present time that band director Paul Weikle helped him to establish a future as a professional musician. His style is driven by simplicity and repetition somewhat of the attributes of the African drum. He says, "I love the the atmosphere that a constant pulse creates. You can create anything musically with a strong root of rhythm and everyone within the spirit of music can support the drive. My overall style depends on the subject at hand musically, but the root of pentecost will never change within my hands." Through his career John has shared the stage with greats such as Slide Hampton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Houston Pearson, Rufus Reid, Ben Tucker, James Moody, Nathan Davis, and David Baker.