Lee O. (Mickey) Bass III
is a Bass Violinist, Composer,Arranger, Producer who's professional career includes working and touring with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers off and on from 1964 through 1973. Lee worked and toured with Gloria Lynne from 1965 through1972 most of the time as her musical director and subsequently arranged, composed, and conducted ten compositions for Gloria Lynne.
Mickey also worked and toured with Carmen McCrae in1967, and worked and toured with Billy Eckstine 1968through 1969. He played and recorded with David Amram,Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Sonny Rollins,Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Ray Bryant, Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, and Miriam Makeba.
Mickey has orchestrated, arranged, and conducted music by H. Q. Thomas for “Langston” and orchestrated,arranged, and conducted music for three dance sequences, which were both part of a WETA – TV production called “A Night At Ellington”. The music for the whole production dance and theater won an Emmy in 1979.
Mickey wrote, arranged, and conducted all music for the Ellington Jazz Ensemble that performed for President Jimmy Carter in 1977, wrote andarranged four octet arrangements of original compositions for Chico Hamilton, and wrote several eight- piece and big band arrangements for the stage band at New York University in 1967; as well as for Jackie Byard’s Big Band during the same time.
Mickey produced two albums on the Chiaroscuro record label in 1980 entitled ”Sentimental Mood” by Mickey Bass, as well as “Bobby Timmons Live At The Connecticut Jazz"
Mickey also arranged, orchestrated, and was assistant producer for the Al Hibbler Christmas Album on the Audio Fidelity record label.
Mickey's recorded compositions include:
BAHAMA MAMA, FOR B.T. AND ME, SAGITTARIUS RISING
By Mickey Bass, “Sentimental Mood” Chiaroscuro 1980
By Ramon Morris, “Sweet Sister Funk” Groove Merchant 1970
A CHANT FOR BU, ONE FOR TRANE, "SIEMPEr Me ArMOR "
By Art Blakey, “Buhania” “Mission Eternal” Prestige/Fantasy 1973/ 1998
By Lee Morgan “The Sleep Walker” added to “The Sixth Sense” Blue Note 1967
By Art Blakey for Prestige/Fantasy 1972
By Hank Mobley, “Thinking Of Home” Blue Note 1968
SOUL SOCK’N JAMBOREE
By Ruben Wilson for Groove Merchant 1970
By George Cables “Night And Day” for DIW 1990
By Richard Wyands “The Arrival” for DIW 1992
ONE FOR TRANE
By Ronnie Mathews “Dark Before The Dawn” for DIW 1990
THE POEM, ALMOST SPRING
By Rhan Burton “The Poem” for DIW 1992
THE JUGGLER, BROTHER RICK
By The Reunion Legacy Band for Early Bird Records 1990
LUST FOR LOVE
By Mickey Bass for Early Bird Records recorded 1982
Mickey's Television Appearances include:
WNEW – TV, New York with Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers 1967
The Today Show, WNBC – TV with Frank Foster 1970
Group W, Boston, appeared with Freddie Hubbard 1970
Canadian Broadcasting Company, with Freddie Hubbard 1971
The Billy Eckstine Show, WNBC – TV with Freddie Hubbard 1971
NHK – TV, Japan with Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers 1973
NHK – TV, Japan In New York at the Lenox Lounge with John Hicks Trio with Special guest Bobby Watson.
Mickey's work experience includes:
President/CEO of Rainbowjazz.com to sell Jazz CD’s through the Internet or the worldwide web.
President/CEO of Brownstone Entertainment Complex LLC, An organization design to do promotion press releases and club bookings for performing artist at the Lenox Lounge.
President /CEO of Early Bird Records a one time suBsiDIary of Now’s The Time, Inc., which was distributed nationally through Independent National Distributors, Inc.
Vice President of Now’s The Time, Inc. A Corporation setup to produce syndicated radio and television production as well as Jazz Concerts and Festival productions.
Hosted New York Art Exclusive on Channel D for Manhattan Cable.
Leading & Touring with his own quartet with Carter Jefferson on tenor saxophone;John Hicks on piano, and Michael Carvin on drums.
Lee was the Bass Chairman for the National Association Of Jazz Educators, and East Coast Representative for Sarah Vaughan for Record Production under CBS Sony.
Lee served as an adjunct faculty professor at Hartt College of Music University of Hartford where he taught arranging, transcription. Mickey helped secure the accreditation of the keyboard harmony method, and served as the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C where he taught jazz improvisation (own method) and string bass.
Mr. Bass had his own weekly three-hour radio show, WBAI – FM , New York, and "Adventures In Jazz” Syndicated to WPFW – FM Washington, D.C., and severed as a instructor at Jazzmobile, Inc. , New York City
Mr. Bass has arranged five pieces for the Holliman Brothers who are from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He was also their musical director. The Holliman Brothers won three consecutive first prizes at the world famous Apollo Theater Amateur Night.
Lee played an engagement for the East Side Independent Democratic Club for theelection of the former Governor of New York State, Hugh Carey.
Lee O. Bass studied under the guidance of:
William Lewis - Private
Bernard Mason - Howard University
George Andrea - Metropolitan Opera Company
1967 - 1968 New York University, College of Music
New York, N.Y.
1961 - 1963 Howard University, College of Fine Arts