UMES 30 Ep. 36--Former UMES Professor Releases New Jazz Album

Aug 26, 2019


In 1984, John R. Lamkin II recorded and released a self-produced album on vinyl called ‘Hot’.

That album, with the exception of one track, contains his own original compositions and arrangements.

Lamkin later joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as a professor in the Fine Arts Department.

While there, he directed the UMES Jazz and Wind Ensembles, taught jazz history, and provided instruction to students learning to play brass, percussion and string instruments.

During his tenure at UMES, he played a big part in attracting jazz icons to come work and perform with his students—Wynton Marsalis, Steve Turre, Jimmy Heath, the late Stanley Turrentine, and many others.

After earning his doctorate, Lamkin retired from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2014.

His performance credits include events with Sonny Stitt, Stephanie Mills, Frank Foster, and The Manhattans, just to name a few.

He currently performs with what he calls his “Favorites” Jazz Quintet.

On this episode of UMES 30, Dr. Lamkin talks about his latest album ‘Transitions’—his first recording in over 3 decades.