We thought it would be fun to get to know a little bit more about our Anthology Artists so we've asked them to participate in a Q&A. Here's the "Quick Six" with Anthology Artist Dezron Douglas:
1. First concert you attended?
Well I have to say 2 concerts come to mind. I vividly remember my mom taking me to Bushnell Park on Monday Nights for the free concert series every summer curated by the late great bassist Paul Brown. I got to see Jackie McLean, Yusef Lateef, John Hicks, George Coleman, Slide Hampton and many other greats! I also vividly remember going to Gospel Church programs and seeing my Dad perform with his group The Faith Harmonizers of Hartford, CT in the late 80’s. I loved how connected my dad was to the bassist in the band, David Dudley, who became an early influence on me as well as other local Gospel bassists like Jerome Hamlett, Benny White Jr and many more.
2. How old were you when you started playing the bass?
I first started playing bass in church at age 7. This became the greatest and most influential period of my education musically and spiritually. I learned the academics of music so I could explain things in school and college, but it was church and the gospel scene that actually taught me how to play bass.
3. Venue you would love to play at (or a dream venue that you have already played at)?
I would love to play The Hollywood Bowl. All my friends have played there except me. Maybe my debut will be with my own Quartet. Manifesting it!!!
4. Artist or song you are into most right now?
I really like Benny the Butcher and all the artists from the Griselda crew coming out of Buffalo, NY. I also still listen to Akae Beka, formerly Vaughn Benjamin, and the Rasta pioneers MIDNITE!!! Midnite everyday and every night. Jah Light and Love is ever present in their music.
5. Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
I’m very much routine. Depending on the situation I get into a routine and stick to it. I pack my gear the same way, always, and I try to focus and clear my head despite what’s going on around me before I hit the stage.
6. Who has inspired you most as a musician?
Jackie McLean, my Father pastor Alton Douglas , Pharoah Sanders, Rene McLean, Abe Burton, Eric McPherson and Nat Reeves, Doug Wimbish, Jerome Hamlett, Jaimoe (Allman Bros), Kenny Garrett, Andy Gonzales have all be great sources of constant inspiration in my life.
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