Born: January 21, 1960
Born in Washington D.C., Jerome Epps began to embrace music at a very young age. With his father being an accomplished jazz saxophonist, it wasn’t long before the musical gene was passed on to him. Jerome would listen to his father practice for hours to the likes of Miles, Coltrane, Bird, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the virtual who’s who of jazz. Yet Jerome would take a slight detour on his path to fully appreciating jazz. And that detour was called… Jimi Hendrix. Suddenly it was all about the guitar and psychedelic rock. Jerome would perform in numerous rock bands, influenced by Eric Clapton (Cream), Terry Kath (Chicago), Jimmy Page (Zepplin), and the original Santana band. Later his interests would shift back towards r&b, soul and funk, only to make the ultimate migration to more progressive jazz-rock fusion artists like Chick Corea, Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Weather Report....
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