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James Jamerson Jr., James Jamerson 3rd or just James Jr. is the son of the most influential bassist in the history of rock 'n' roll the late great James Jamerson. James Jr. recalls his father got his bass style from watching the back-end motion of an over weight lady -[we slightly larger ladies should be the most sought after groupies ... I'd like that] James Jr. has bravely followed in his fathers foot steps ... awesome footsteps to follow. James's father would be extremely proud for James Jr. himself is a great bassist and a very sort after bass sessionist.
Interest to ALL bassists, young and old. James Jr. has made 2 videos
ALL-STAR BASS SERIES ... Right Hand Bass Techniques
Now for the first time, 10 of today's most influential bass players come together to bring you the Star Licks All-Star Bass Series: James Jamerson Jr., Louis Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Nathan East, Chuck Rainey, Freddie Washington, Verdine White, Larry Graham, Byron Miller and Neil Stubenaus. On this video all 10 artists take an in-depth look at right hand techniques covering rhythm ideas, concepts on developing speed and a variety of fingering techniques, including: slap and pop, flamenco style, and multi-finger picking.
ALL-STAR BASS SERIES ... Left Hand Bass Techniques
James Jamerson Jr., Louis Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Nathan East, Chuck Rainey, Freddie Washington, Verdine White, Larry Graham, Byron Miller and Neil Stubenaus. This video looks at left hand technique concentrating on the fretboard. All 10 artists reveal their own unique approach to scales, arpeggios, chords, open string usage and adapting bass lines to a variety of musical styles including funk, rock, blues, motown, and many more.
AN EXTRAORDINARY INTERVIEW
In the late 80's after his father's death in '87 a certain Dr.Licks started researching the sound behind Motown for his book Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: The Life And Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson. Interviewing the remaining Funk Brothers, motown artists, James's mother Annie and most important, he spent many hours talking to James Jr. Drawing on that background, and wealth of knowledge. With James Jr. help constructed this extraordinary interview: the ghost of James Jamerson. James Jamerson: "Interview With The Ghost Of Studio A" By Dr. Licks
A BIT OF HISTORY
Born in Detroit City, Michigan, James 3rd is one of four children of the late great James and Annie Jamerson . As a youngster he saw the up and coming musicians in the bars, mostly he hung around the Motown Studios with all its incredible artists, listening to the amazing sounds & following the great changes which were happening to music. I suppose it isn't any wonder surrounded by these colourful & powerful influences that James Jr. would pave his way in his father's "now" immortalized footsteps. In the 60s James started work in the Gordy Road Shows , touring mainly with the Temptations in their backing band but he was also a session bassist. The first album penning his credits was with Valerie Simpson [who still duos with her husband Nickolas Ashford] in 1972. In the 70s, he sessioned with ta variety of artists he described as Rock to Bach, including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Jackson Family, Luciano Pavarotti, and many more including Renee Geyer, Tavares, Yvonne Fair, Hugo Montenegro, Lenny Williams, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., The 5th Dimension, Herb Alpert, Hilton Jacobs Lawrence, Terry Callier.
'78 CHANSON : It was in 1969 while James Jr. was on the road with the Temptations when he met first met guitarist David Williams, who was at that time playing with The Dells. They met again in the mid '70s when Williams took a job playing with the Temptations' road band, this is when they hatched the idea of Chanson. The two had built a reputation via their extensive session work before cutting their own LP Chanson, on Ariola Records. "Don't Hold Back" (number eight R&B, number 21 pop, fall 1978)
THE 80's kept him very busy, no dull moments for this great bassist apart from his work with Motown we find him on the credits with a variety of artists he described as Rock to Bach, including B.B. King, The Temptations, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Jackson Family, Luciano Pavarotti, and lots of other greats. In 1984 we find him backing Teena Marie on the album "Starchild" this association has carried on till the present day, we see him appearing on most of her albums.
A few albums JAMES JAMERSON Jr. has appeared on
put mouse / cursor on each picture for info
1993 The Guitar Summit Phil Upchurch brought together some of the finest guitarists in their style. Quote "The guitarist's I wanted for this Summit I felt should also be the ones who represented R&B thru at least the last 3 decades which would include the 60's and 70's. The music was a hybrid of gospel and blues. Some of the most important recordings in history were made during these decades and I wanted to include in the summit, some of the guitar players that were a prominent part of this development.
James Jamerson Jr.[top center], Phil Upchurch[middle], Wah-Wah Watson, David T. Walker, Eric Gale, Al McKay & James Gadson . . Photo courtesy of PHIL UPCHURCH from this an album was released in 1996 "SPIRIT TRAVELER" playing the hits from Motor City [fab tracks]
Gale : guitar
2000's In recent years James Jr. has been busy with the film "Living In The Shadow Of Motown" which he appears in, touring with many top bands, guest appearances. James is now very involved in the production side, producing and backing many artists on their albums.
THE GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS
Sr. bought this German upright bass in 1957 and played it on many Motown hits
as "Heat Wave," "Jimmy Mack," "Where Did Our Love Go,"
"My Guy," "The One Who Really Loves You," "Mickey's Monkey,"
"A Place in the Sun" and "It Takes Two." James Jamerson gave
his bass to James Jr. about 6 months before he died '83
Cover of the video "Standing In The Shadow Of Motown"
[below]Cover of the CD/DVD "Standing In The Shadow Of Motown"
Valerie Simpson Valerie Simpson Exposed Bass
Click here onto B.B. KING to here a little of James Jr. work. Wish there was more of "Gamblers Blues" Marvellous, I have now bought it! .. double album too! This link takes you to the Amazon page where you can here the music ... no searching involved.
It is so hard to find every record or CD a session musician has been on, like Motown artists too, hence selected!! In fact it is hard to find much about these amazingly talented people, [being a session musician is NOTHING like being in a band.] Even session musicians who have now got a band of their own, not many of them give info about the people who MAKE them!! their backing musicians! I am sure any Motown fan can relate .. so I hope you are enjoying this page ... of what I have managed to find! [little lecture over!]
"I've known Wendal since 1997. He's a great bass player. We joke and play
around a lot, but we don't really talk shop. His famous line is 'This is my fellow
bassman.' But this fellow bass player is saying right now that Wendal is out of
character today (5/20/02), he is not wearing black. (Laughing.) On a serious note,
you can look out for me once I finish my CD, which I'm putting together now...."
- James Jamerson, Jr.
James Jr has just finished producing a single by Miyon,
Before I finish I must give Wendal a thankyou for the help he has given me and still is giving me in the making of this page. It is so good & kind of you Wendal giving your precious time from of your busy schedule. Wendal is the bassist in The Dramatics backing band I hope you'll go and visit this brill guy on the links on this page ~ some brill pics ... BIG THANKS ... Bev x
The great James Lee Jamerson left us all an awesome legacy with his history shattering music BUT he has left us with another huge legacy his SON, who has bravely, I say bravely 'cos when ever someone follows a great parent, there is always an over hanging shadow, peoples expectations etc, but James Jr. has over come all this, strut that road and totally proved he is a magnificent bassist in his own right. Your Dad must be beaming from ear to ear with pride.
Honor and Memory of James Jamerson 1938