Versatile multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Philip Lassiter was already deeply immersed in funk as a trumpet player and horn arranger in Prince's New Power Generation. Born in Mobile, Alabama, as the son of a Pentecostal preacher, he moved to the thriving Dallas music scene, where he was under the tutelage of mentors such as keyboardists Bernard Wright and Bobby Sparks as well as saxophonist Keith Anderson. In Dallas, he also connected with Snarky Puppy founder and bassist Michael League. "That's where my career started," Lassiter said. "I started working at a church in Dallas, playing B3 organ, arranging for the band, and directing the choir. There I met my big brothers in music, musicians associated with Kirk Franklin and Erykah Badu. Bernard Wright was the master sage of us all." Lassiter quickly found a niche in the Dallas music scene as "the horn guy," launching his career in gospel music. "But along the way, I was always writing songs and producing music just for fun," he recalled. "That's where I learned the funk, from people like Bobby Sparks and all my big brothers."
This will be the first concert presented by the Jazz Club Q4 in the newly reopened Jazz-Keller in Hotel Schützen.
Tickets are CHF 50.