GFM fam we had to take a little time out today to pay homage to one of the greatest and most melodic bass players to ever record, none other than James Jamerson who died on this day in 1983. As one of the core members of Motown’s storied session musicians “The Funk Brothers” James Jamerson played on countless hit records and developed a personal style that is unmistakable from the first note.

Check out this great article from the early 1990’s that served as a catalyst for the outstanding documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”.

James Jamerson left an incredible recorded musical legacy that should be treasured and honored for the artistry therein and its influence on countless musicians.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.