015 Gregg August
"Never Stop Experimenting"
GREGG AUGUST is the man of the hour on the bass. He’s played with Ray Barretto, Ornette Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, James Moody, The Chico O’Farrill Big Band, The list goes on. As a classical bassist he frequently performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the American Composer’s Orchestra. He’s also a faculty member at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MassMoca in North Adams, Mass. We cracked a beautiful bottle of wine at his place in brooklyn, and he’s got a lot to offer here.
GREGG AUGUST is the man of the hour on the bass. Gregg has played with Ray Barretto, Paquito D, Arturo O’Farrill, Ornette Coleman, and has been a member of the JD Allen Trio for over 10 years. He’s also made 3 records of entirely original music. He plays regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and is the former Principal bass of La Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona and Brooklyn Philharmonic. He’s on faculty at the University of Connecticut and NYU, as well as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASSMoCA in North Adams , MA. We cracked a beautiful bottle of wine at his place in brooklyn, and he’s got a lot to offer here.
As a bassist Gregg spans the jazz, Latin jazz, classical and avant-garde scenes. A sought-after composer and arranger, celebrated for his versatility, breadth and intelligence, Gregg has been an active member of the New York music scene for many years.
In this episode Gregg shares his love of the craft and how he evolved into the multifaceted, in-demand player he is today.
Gregg’s music in this episode is available directly from his website, www.greggaugust.com and on most streaming platforms.
The track "El Bombon" is from Cuba: The Conversation Continues
Performed by Arturo O'farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; provided courtesy of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Motema Music (motema.com)
Buy that great album here: https://arturoofarrill.lnk.to/cubaWE
Enjoy our session with Gregg!