Well-rounded, conscious, Bassist Troy Lampkins expands the definition of spiritual
music. The son and godson of prominent San Francisco Bay Area Jazz musicians,
Troy began playing the Bass at 4 years old. By 9 years old, Troy had already
played his first gig. By age 15, he was already sharing the stage with Jazz greats
Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Marshall, Ray Obiedo, and his Godfather, the late Ed
Kelly. Influenced by great Bassists like Jaco Pastorius and John Patitucci as well
as the Organ phrasings of Hammond B-3 players Shirley Scott and Jimmy Smith,
Troy fashioned his signature approach to playing Bass. Playing both the Upright
and Electric Bass, Troy is a virtuoso performer on the Electric 6-String Bass.
Since beginning his musical career, Troy has appeared with a number of
prominent artists including CarlosSantana, Regina Belle, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Tramaine Hawkins, Marlena Shaw, and Angela Bofill. Well-versed in most musical genres,
Troy’s innovative playing can also be heard on a number of recording projects with
Rhiannon, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Jenna Mammina, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Saxophonist, Dave Ellis, an in-demand session player.
Troy has made appearances on a number of recordings with prominent music producer Narada Michael Walden and still active in the Narada Michael Walden Band for the past 17 years. In 1998, he appeared on the legendary group, The Temptations, platinum selling album Phoenix Rising.
Troy’s current projects include playing with Will Kennedy (drummer of “The Yellow
Jackets”), Verve Recording Artist-Ledisi, and the Marcus Johnson Group. He is
also performing live both domestically and internationally. Also a talented writer
and producer, Troy is currently working on projects for a number of musical artists.
An accomplished professional and a highly sought-after session player, powerful things are sure to come from this innovative bassist and performer