"Nature is always evolving and jazz is no different."
     -Lonnie Plaxico

Bassist, Composer, Producer
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The middle child in a family of musicians, Chicago-born lonnie Plaxico inherited a gift for music that was discovered and nurtured early. By the age of twelve he had taught himself to play the electric bass, and he was soon venturing into Chicago's music scene, renowned for its mix of jazz, funk and blues. It was not long before the young musician made his first recording, featuring his family's band. At the age of just fourteen, having already performed alongside several prominent Chicago jazz figures, Lonnie Plaxico turned professional, playing the electric and acoustic bass with equal facility.

In 1980 Plaxico moved to New York and soon began to appear with such artists as Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and Wynton Marsalis. His first extended tenure was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: between1983 and 1986, lonnie performed on twelve of Blakey's albums, including the Grammy Award-winning, New York Scene. In 1986 he joined Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, continuing with that group until 1993. Presently, Plaxico is the musical director and featured bassist for Cassandra Wilson; their critically acclaimed and award-winning collaboration has now spanned fifteen years.

Plaxico's recording and performance catalog is equally impressive for its caliber, depth and diversity. He has appeared with such luminaries as Sonny Sitt, Junior Cook, David Murray, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, and Dizzy Gillespie. Just as noteworthy are his performances with younger artists -- among them Steve Coleman, Rachelle Farrell and Dianne Reeves. lonnie has also recorded with Bill Cosby, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ravi Coltrane and Barbara Dennerlein, as well as his Grammy-winning collaborations with Art Blakey and Cassandra Wilson. He has also recorded five critically acclaimed albums as leader;

Lonnie Plaxico's musicianship is probably best expressed in his masterful integration of different forms --combining the rigorous technique of classical, the improvisation of jazz, and the rawness of funk into one exhilarating musical experience.

Geri Allen, Art Blakey, Tom Brown & Jimmy Owens, The Chilites, Steve Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, Junior Cook, Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Enrica, Rachelle Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Chico & Von Freeman, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton & The World of Trombones, Barry Harris, Antonio Hart, John Hicks, Jay Hogart, Thelma Houston, Hank Jones, Rodney Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Kirk Lightsey, Carmen Lundey, Junior Mance, Chuck Mangione, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Keiko Matsui, Ronnie Matthews, Mulgrew Miller, David Murray, David "Fat Head" Newman, Greg Osby, Dianne Reeves, Joe Sample & the Jazz Crusaders, Bud Shank, Woody Shaw, Melvin Sparks, Dakota Staton, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Harold Vick, Jack Walrath, Cassandra Wilson, Allen Youngblood

School Daze (1988; Director: Spike Lee), Love Jones (1996; Director: Theodore Witcher)

Cassandra Wilson & George Benson - Montreaux Jazz Festival (1998), Art Blakey Documentary (1986), Branford Marsalis- Royal Garden Blues (1987), Three Bassists Documentary - featuring Cecil McBee, Satee Debriano and lonnie Plaxico (1988), Rozalla - I love music (1993)

Television: David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Charlie Rose, The Today Show, The Morning Show, Joan Rivers Show Movies: Junior (1994; Directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Arnold Schwartzenegger) Major Jazz Clubs & Festivals (US & Abroad), Various Benefit Performances

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (1978), Charles Mingus & Fred Zimmermann Bass Competition (1980): Third Place Award and Most Promising Young Bassist Award, Listings: Grove's Dictionary of Music, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Ibanez (Electric Bass), Labella (Strings), Patterson Basses (Electric Bass), Fodera (Electric Bass), Applied Microphone Technology (microphone) SWR amps and speakers.


Complete Discography:

2009 Lonnie Plaxico "Ancestral Devotion"
2007 Lonnie Plaxico "Live At The Zinc Bar NYC"
2006 Lonnie Plaxico "So Alive"
2003 Lonnie Plaxico "Rhythm and Soul"
2002 Lonnie Plaxico "Live at the 5:01 Jazz Bar"
2001 Lonnie Plaxico "Mélange"
2000 Lonnie Plaxico "Emergence"
2000 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Live at Ronnie Scott's [BBC Legends]"
1999 Cassandra Wilson "Traveling Miles"
1999 Teri Thornton "I'll Be Easy to find"
1998 Ravi Coltrane "Moving Pictures"
1998 Mark Ledford "Miles to Go"
1998 Greg Osby "Zero"
1998 Ray Andersen "Funkorific"
1998 Lamont Johnson "241 East 3rd St."
1997 Various Artists "Jazz Central Station"
1997 Jackie Terrason/Cassandra Wilson "Rendevous"
1996 Cassandra Wilson "New Moon Daughter"* - Grammy Award Winner
1996 Cassandra Wilson "Songbook"
1996 Barbara Dennerlein "Take Off"
1996 Various Artists "Complete Rodgers & Hart Songbook"
1996 Cecil Brooks III "Smokin' Jazz"
1995 Regina Carter "Regina Carter"
1994 Lonnie Plaxico "With All Your Heart"
1994 Jack DeJohnette "Extra Special Edition"
1994 Talib Kibwe "Introducing Talib Kibwe"
1993 Lonnie Plaxico "Short Takes"
1993 Cassandra Wilson "Blue Light 'til Dawn"** - Grammy Award Nominee
1993 Ron Jackson "A Guitar Thing"
1993 Gust William Tsilis "Wood Music"
1993 Ronald Shannon Jackson "Thinking of You"
1993 Jim Payne "New York Funk, Vol.1"
1993 Carola Grey "Noisy Mama"
1993 Marvin Hannibal Peterson "One With the Wind"
1992 Lonnie Plaxico "Iridescence"
1992 Bud Shank "I Told You So"
1992 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Live at Kimball's"
1992 Don Byron "Tuskegee Experiments"
1992 Cassandra Wilson "Jumpworld"
1992 Cecil Brooks III "The Collective"
1992 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "The Best of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Art Collection"
1992 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers"
1992 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Dr. Jekyl: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers"
1992 Lafayette Harris "Lafayette Is Here"
1992 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Hard Champion"
1991 Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition "Earthwalk"
1990 Lonnie Plaxico "Plaxico"
1990 Cindy Blackman "Code Red"
1988 Jack DeJohnette "Audio Visualscapes"
1987 Jack DeJohnette "Irresistible Forces"
1987 Cassandra Wilson "Point of View"
1984 Dizzy Gillespie "New Faces"
1984 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "New York Scene"* - Grammy Award Winner

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