A Tribute to Horace Silver by Dr. Lamkin's "Favorite Quintet" at Eubie Blake National Jazz & Cultural Center, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 2, 2012. Dr. Lamkin on Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Martin Lamkin, Trombone; John Lamkin III, Drums; Kris Funn, Bass; Allyn Johnson, Piano; Eartha Lamkin, Vocals
DR. JOHN R. LAMKIN, II
John Lamkin received his Bachelors from South Carolina State University, his Masters from Morgan University, and his Doctorate from The University of Maryland at College Park. All of his academic degrees have been in Music Education. Dr. Lamkin taught in the public school systems in South Carolina and Baltimore before joining the faculty at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and serves on the faculty of Sojourner Douglass College. He has served as a clinician, a guest conductor, a festival adjudicator, and the promoter/organizer of the Eastern Shore High School Jazz Ensemble Festival.
Dr. Lamkin’s performance credits include performances with Eubie Blake, the Manhattans, Bob Hope, Stephanie Mills, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Stitt, Frank Foster, Larry Ridley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Cyrus Chestnut, Charles Earland, Charles Fambrough, Benny Golson, Keter Betts, Ralph Peterson Jr., Harvey Mason, Jr., the Dells, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Zim Zemarel Orchestra, the Baltimore City Big Band, the Hank Levy Legacy Band, the Whit Williams Big Band, the Lynn Gray Orchestra, the Dale Corn Big Band, the Blue Moon Big Band, the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band, the Washington Jazz Battalion, and the Peabody Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Lamkin has also performed with his own jazz and jazz/rock groups in various night clubs in the Baltimore and Washington area, and for many parties and weddings.
Dr. Lamkin has also performed either, as a trumpet soloist, with his sacred jazz quintet, with his brass ensemble, or as a guest conductor at various area churches.
In 1984, Dr. Lamkin recorded his album, titled “Hot,” on which he wrote all but one of the compositions.