“Groove Master’s Resilience: Jerry Jemmott, Grammy-Winning Bassist, Triumphs Over Trauma to Shape the Sound of Atlantic Records”

Jerry Jemmott, a two-time Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, is a crucial architect of the iconic Atlantic Records sound that defined the 1960s and 1970s. Born in the Bronx, New York, Jemmott’s journey to musical greatness was shaped by a traumatic upbringing marked by childhood head injuries. Despite the challenges, he embraced music as a way to navigate through life. The pivotal moment came during a hospital stay following one of his last head injuries. Listening to Miles Davis’s album “Round About Midnight” before and after the injury, Jemmott noticed a profound difference, with the bass standing out in a new and compelling way. Inspired, he declared, “I want to do that.” Thus, on his 11th birthday, as he entered junior high school, Jemmott acquired his first bass, marking the beginning of his musical odyssey. 

Jemmott’s bass prowess graced the works of legendary artists, including Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. His notable contributions include recording Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone.” Despite his impactful career, Jemmott faced adversity when his beloved jazz bass, used in historic recordings, was stolen. Undeterred, he acquired “Mona” from a pawn shop, a bass that has evolved through various changes and upgrades while continuing to accompany Jemmott in his musical endeavors.

In his autobiography, “Make It Happen! The Life and Times of The Groove Master,” Jemmott shares a narrative of persistence, perseverance, and excellence. Today, blessed with ongoing gig opportunities, he reflects on a life where music remains an integral and cherished part. Jerry Jemmott’s story serves as a teaching of the transformative power of music and the indomitable spirit that propels an artist through triumphs and tribulations alike.


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