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Bassist Lisle Atkinson Featured in the Harlem Speaks series
(Published: March 18, 2007)

The Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street
New York, NY 10035
212 348-8300

Bassist Lisle Atkinson Featured in the Harlem Speaks series

Lisle Atkinson, Bassist
March 22, 2007

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm. This discussion series is free to the public.

Lisle Atkinson, guest of Harlem Speaks on Thursday, March 22, 2007, began studying the violin at the age of four, and gave his first concert at the age of six. He continued studying and playing violin until he was introduced to the bass violin at the age of twelve. Shortly thereafter, Atkinson entered Music and Art High School in New York City, where he played in the school's orchestra.

Upon graduation, Atkinson entered Manhattan Music Conservatory, where he received a degree in Music. Since that time, he has appeared with such artists and groups as: Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Wynton Kelly, Hazel Scott, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, The New York Bass Violin Choir, Clark Terry, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band, Mary Lou Williams, the New York Jazz Quartet, Danny Mixon, Jon Hendricks and the Hendricks family, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and many, many other artists.

>From 1970-1990 he shared his wealth of musical knowledge with youth as an instructor for Jazzmobile's Saturday Jazz Workshop, teaching bass and sight reading. In collaboration with guitarist Ted Dunbar, Atkinson taught Jazz Improvisation at Rutgers University in the late '70s. In the late '80s he taught bass at Stony Brook University.

Atkinson is the founder and lead bassist of the Neo-Bass ensemble which has had successful concerts around the tri-state area. Moreover, the group recorded their first CD, Bird Lives on the Karlisle Label in the early ‘90s. They have also released Hit It and Bebop Meets Bass.

To demonstrate how the bass functions outside of the rhythm section Atkinson and his Neo-Bass ensemble will perform during the evening!
This session of Harlem Speaks will be held in the offices of the Jazz Museum in Harlem, located at 104 East 126nd St., 2nd floor (between Park and Lexington Avenues).

More Information: http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org

Submitted By: jazzears

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