Charlie Lincoln

Charlie Lincoln

What do you do at Walker West?
I coach jazz ensembles and teach private bass lessons


Upright and electric bass

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
Jazz, rock, classical, improvisation

Minneapolis, MN

What are some performance/professional highlights?

I’ve been fortunate to play with many inspiring and creative artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Dave King, Melissa Aldana, and Ned Rothenberg.

One of my favorite performances was at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, performing musical interpretations of paintings for an audience of blind visitors.

What was your first gig?
My first professional jazz gig was with the great drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt. I was 17 and had no idea what I was doing. But he gave me a shot and taught me so much about music without saying a word.

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
When I was in high school I attended a masterclass at Walker West by the saxophonist and composer Tim Berne. It made a huge impression on me and really broadened my ideas about music.

Musical influences?
Thelonious Monk, Henry Threadgill, Geri Allen, Paul Motian, Morton Feldman

Favorite album?
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

Why is music education so important?
Learning an instrument teaches creativity, expression, focus, and discipline. Playing in an ensemble teaches you how to respect, collaborate, and cooperate with those around you. Music is a source of endless joy and wonder.

Advice to young musicians?
Find what you love about music and dig into that as deep as you can. Always keep an open mind and an open ear.


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