All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip grew up in a rich musical environment. As a youth, he listened to Latin and salsa music around the house, including such Latin music icons as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Machito, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz and Eddie Palmieri, to name a few. In addition to learing various Latin dances from his parents, Jimmy learned how to play a lot of basic Latin rhythms on the different percussion instruments that they had around the house. He learned to play authentically on the claves, maracas, cowbell, bongos and the guido, which gave him that keen sense of time and rhythm that surfaces in his bass playing today.

His older brother Gabriel also played Jimmy some jazz and classical music, so he had exposure to John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck on one hand, and the music of Debussy, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler on the other. Jimmy says, “This was an eye opening time for me and even though most of this music was over my head, it definitely ignited my musical curiosity. I also was listening to a lot of Pop music, like the Beatles, the Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and lots of great Pop music on the radio. I can remember that it was a very exciting time for music!”

Jimmy began studying music in elementary school, playing the trumpet and other assorted brass instruments (including the bugle, baritone horn and tuba) from age seven to fourteen. Jimmy picked up a bass at the age of fifteen and taught himself how to play it. “Actually the very first time I saw an electric bass, was at a junior high Valentine's day dance. There was a live band playing and the bass player had an reddish/orange Hagstrom bass and a small Standel bass amp. It was then that I knew I wanted to play the electric bass! What a feeling! I'll never forget it as long as I live. It was my very first real spark of creative passion!”

Read more

Tags

Photos

Albums

Album Red Heat by Jimmy Haslip

Red Heat

Blue Canoe Records
2020

buy
Album Nightfall by Jimmy Haslip

Nightfall

Blue Canoe Records
2020

buy
Album Variations Of Relevance by Silvio Amato

Variations Of...

Blue Canoe Records
2020

buy
Album The Missing Song by Gergo Borlai

The Missing Song

Blue Canoe Records
2020

buy
Album Control by Cody Carpenter

Control

Blue Canoe Records
2020

buy
Album ARC Trio by Jimmy Haslip

ARC Trio

Blue Canoe Records
2018

buy
Gary

Gary

Jimmy Haslip
The Missing Song

Blue Roses

Blue Roses

Jimmy Haslip
Variations Of Relevance

Control

Control

Jimmy Haslip
Control

Similar

Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Alphonse Mouzon Alphonse Mouzon
multi-instrumentalist
Marcus Miller Marcus Miller
bass, electric
Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
guitar, acoustic
Spyro Gyra Spyro Gyra
band/orchestra
Yellowjackets Yellowjackets
band/orchestra
Matthew Garrison Matthew Garrison
bass, electric

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.

MUSICSTACK
Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers
AMAZON
CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more
HD TRACKS
Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads
CD UNIVERSE
Specializing in music, movies and video games
REVERB
Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.