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Jeff Berlin is a virtuoso of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest bass guitar player in the world. Noted for his fluid lyrical playing, he is also a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this percussive style of bass playing in 1979 to an new audience on the tune cryptically named “5G!”. Jeff also pioneered the two-handed tapping technique. In a sense, he is the Stanley Jordan of the bass guitar.
A special guest on this date is steel drum (pan) master, Othello Molineaux, a long-time associate of these players and also a close friend and mainstay in the bands of bass legend Jaco Pastorius and pianist Monty Alexander. Othello is world-renown. While the steel drum might evoke Calypso music, with Othello, it is pure jazz.
Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff’s melodic fluidity. He is making new fans all the time, while his playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. His teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art. Jeff Berlin is a master.
Jeff Berlin – electric bass guitar
Richard Drexler – piano and acoustic bass
Mike Clark – drums
Othello Molineaux - steel drum
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County
Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division