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Sat, Dec 03


Old Town Hall

Andrew Lamb/Newman Taylor Baker Duo

Andrew Lamb, tenor saxophone, Newman Taylor Baker, drums

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Andrew Lamb/Newman Taylor Baker Duo
Andrew Lamb/Newman Taylor Baker Duo

Time & Location

Dec 03, 2022, 7:30 PM

Old Town Hall, 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA 01027, USA

About The Event

Single tickets ($15) available at and at the door.

Tenor saxophonist Andrew Lamb was born in Clinton, NC, and grew up partly in Chicago before eventually putting down roots in New York. Having studied with Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) charter member Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Lamb came onto New York’s avant-garde scene just as it was winding down in the ’70s, and thus wasn’t documented for quite some time. In the meantime, he became an active presence on the Bedford-Stuyvesant arts scene, eventually winning a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. In 1994, Lamb finally got the chance to lead a session for Delmark; he composed all the pieces on Portrait in the Mist, which featured vibraphonist Warren Smith, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Andrei Strobert. Lamb and his backing ensemble became a regular presence in the New York area, especially around Brooklyn, and frequently played the annual Vision Festival, which began in 1996. In 2001, he took part in Alan Silva’s big-band project, the Sound Visions Orchestra, and the following year he toured with AACM-affiliated drummer Alvin Fielder. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Hamid Drake and Henry Grimes. Steven Loewy of Allmusic writes that Andrew Lamb is “a serious musician seeking to uplift his soul through art, and, like John Coltrane and his progeny, Lamb’s vehicle is the psalm-like expression of his tenor saxophone. The results reflect his quest, testifying to his musical abilities, enormous potential, and depth of character.”

Newman Taylor Baker is a drummer best known for Singin’ Drums, his exploration of the washboard, and his work with musicians Henry Threadgill, Billy Bang, Billy Harper, Leroy Jenkins, Mathew Shipp and Diedre Murray, and choreographers Mickey Davidson and Joanne Tucker. Singin’ Drums, his solo drumset project, has also featured collaborations with fellow drummers Horacee Arnold, Steve Berrios and Susie Ibarra. In 2012, Mr. Baker collaborated with his niece, mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker, along with pianist Richard Lewis, on Singin’ Drums: Voice and Drum, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Baker released his premiere solo drum recording, Drum Suite Life, (Innova) in 2013. Newman T. Baker has been developing creative music for the washboard and has launched Washboard XT to explore new musical territory in the quartet and quintet setting. He currently performs as a duo with guitarist Marvin Sewell and has been performing with the Ebony Hillbillies since 2010. Baker’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Nelson Baker Sr., is the only former slave to receive a PhD from Yale University (1906).


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