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|Birth name||Gerald Stenhouse Jemmott|
|Born||22 March 1946|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Soul, funk, jazz, blues, blues rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, educator|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, double bass|
|Labels||Atlantic, P-Vine, Whachagonnado?|
|Associated acts||King Curtis and the Kingpins, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, The Jazz Messiahs.|
Gerald Stenhouse Jemmott (born March 22, 1946, in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, New York City) is an American bass guitarist. Jemmott was one of the chief session bass guitarists of the late 1960s and early 1970s, working with many of the period's well-known soul, blues, and jazz artists.
Jemmott, who has won two Grammy Awards as a bassist, began playing acoustic bass at the age of ten when he discovered Paul Chambers. Jemmott began his career at age twelve. After switching to bass guitar, he was discovered by saxophonist King Curtis in 1966. With his connection through Curtis to Atlantic Records, he soon began recording with other Atlantic recording artists, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, the Rascals, Roberta Flack, and Margie Joseph. He also recorded with B.B. King, Freddie King, Chuck Berry, Duane Allman, Otis Rush, Champion Jack Dupree, Mike Bloomfield and accompanied Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Erroll Garner, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Houston Person, George Benson, Archie Shepp, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Mann, Eddie Palmieri and Charles Earland. He played the bassline on the song "Mr. Bojangles" and contributed to B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone."
After Jemmott's recording sessions started to decline in 1975, he continued to work in film and theater as an arranger and conductor with John Williams and The Boston Pops. He was cited as a major influence by bassist Jaco Pastorius who incorporated Jemmott's funk basslines into his own style. Jemmott hosted the instructional video Modern Electric Bass (1986) which featured advice from Pastorius.
Jemmott began his solo career in 1978, playing jazz, blues, R&B, reggae, and soul as Jerry Jemmott & Souler Energy, a group that over the years included Steve Berrios, Eric Gale, Neal Creque, Patience Higgins, Lou Marini, Kirk Nurock, Seldon Powell, Bernard Purdie, Roger Rosenberg, Arlen Roth, and Melvin Sparks. Later he formed Jerry Jemmott's Right Reverend Jakie Neckbone Jubilee Special and performed a mix of his original "cool groove" songs with his classic hits in addition to presenting his "Soul Kitchen" improvisation workshops and clinics. Members included Tina Fabrique, Charlie Kohlmeyer, Seth Farber, Tom Kaelin, George Naha, Connie Malone, Frankie Paris, Angel Rissoff, Catherine Russell, Herb Rawlings, Stan Wright, and Wally Gator Watson.
Jemmott recorded solo albums for P-Vine Records, Caught in the Low Beam and The New York View, and Make It Happen! for WhatchaGonnaDo Records. He has written articles, books, and released audio and video bass instruction materials.
In 2009 he joined Gregg Allman's backing band ("Gregg Allman & Friends") in addition to Cornell Dupree's Soul Survivors. That same year, he was one of many guests at The Allman Brothers Band's 40th anniversary at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
- New York View (P-Vine, 1995)
- Make It Happen! (Whatchagonnado?, 2005)
- Home Cookin' (Whatchagonnado?, 2006)
- Bass on the Case (Whachagonnado?, 2009)
- Addiction (Whachagonnado?, 2014)
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With Candido Camero
- Beautiful (Blue Note, 1970)
With Hank Crawford
- Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul (Atlantic, 1969)
With Eddie Harris
With King Curtis
- Live at Fillmore West (Atlantic, 1971)
With Herbie Mann
- Turtle Bay (Atlantic, 1973)
With Houston Person
- Houston Express (Prestige, 1970)
With Shirley Scott
- Shirley Scott & the Soul Saxes (Atlantic, 1969)
- Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12–13–68 (Columbia, 2003)
With Aretha Franklin
- Aretha Now (Atlantic, 1968)
- Soul '69 (Atlantic, 1969)
- Live at Fillmore West (Atlantic, 1971)
- Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (Atlantic, 1973)
- Aretha's Jazz (Atlantic, 1984)
With George Benson
With Laura Nyro
- Walk the Dog and Light the Light (Columbia/Sony, 1993) (titletrack only)
- Huey, Steve. "Jerry Jemmott: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-04-23.