Bassist David Certain sends word that he's put together a show with guitarist and St. Louis native Marvin Horne (pictured) and drummer Greg Bandy for Sunday, March 14 at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.
Born in St. Louis in 1953, Horne has worked with Chico Hamilton, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, The Dells, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, James Spaulding, Jack McDuff and many others. He can be heard on recordings with Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers and on Luther Thomas and the Human Arts Ensemble's cult favorite Funky Donkey.
Known to NYC fans and musicians as "The Mayor of Harlem," Bandy first gained wide attention at age 20 performing with Charles Mingus. He has played with prominent jazz artists such as Gary Bartz, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Olu Dara, Curtis Fuller, Jack McDuff, Leon Thomas, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Yusef Lateef, and many others. Bandy has recorded with many artists as a sideman, and his own 1997 CD Lightning in a Bottle earned two Grammy nominations. He also is a busy teacher and clinician, and leads an ensemble called Bandy Does Blakey paying tribute to the late Art Blakey with former members of Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Certain moved to St. Louis from the San Francisco Bay area in 2006. He performs with singer/guitarist Billy Barnett, serves as bassist and musical director for The Oliver Sain Revue tribute band, and works with many other St. Louis jazz and blues performers. He has played with a number of well-known national artists, including saxophonists Gary Bartz, Willie Smith and Vincent Herring, free jazz pianist Bobby Few, organist Jimmy McGriff, singer "Little" Jimmy Scott, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, percussionist Babatunde Lea, and singer Paula West. Certain also makes makes custom instruments for bassists around the world through his company CertainBass.
Certain says set times will be 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with a third set possible if there's still a crowd. Tickets for Marvin Horne with Greg Bandy, David Certain and CertainBeat WorldBop at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups will be $15, and available in advance at BB's and at the door the evening of the show.
(Full disclosure: Yr. humble StLJN editor has worked with David Certain in the aforementioned Oliver Sain Revue and on various other gigs.)
(Edited twice after posting, to add set times and disclosure information. Edited again to clarify advance ticket info.)