Lonnie Plaxico

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Lonnie Luvell Plaxico, 4 September 1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Plaxico studied the bass and in his early twenties was a highly accomplished player, finding work with notable jazzmen including Sonny Stitt and Chet Baker. At the start of the 80s he played in Wynton Marsalis’ band, then joined Marsalis’ former boss, Art Blakey, with whom he toured and made records, including 1985’s Timeless Records set Blue Night. After this he worked in the band co-led by two other Blakey alumni, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, and also played with Dizzy Gillespie and other leading performers. In 1998 he toured internationally with Ravi Coltrane. As his engagements suggest, Plaxico commands great respect among musicians. He is a skilled player with a strong sense of time allied to an urgent attack that can galvanize any rhythm section of which he is a member.

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