Dr. John Lamkin and his Jazz Quintet are back at Lexington Market. Enamored by the 1950s, 60s and 70s jazz quintets led by At Blakey, Horace Silver, Miles Davis and many others, Lamkin’s quintet specializes in presenting a repertoire of “straight ahead” jazz standards and originals. The name “Favorites refers to the jazz music that he prefers to all others as well as the many local musicians he hand selects to perform in his band due to their exceptional musical artistry and depths of friendship. HIs group serves as a platform for area musicians who yearn, as he does, to play “straight ahead jazz.”
In addition to his performance schedule, Dr. Lamkin serves on the faculty of Sojourner Douglass College as an adjunct professor teaching a Jazz Appreciation course. Dr. Lamkin received the “2014 Jazz Heroes Award” from the Jazz Journalist Association for having a significant impact on jazz music in the Baltimore community.