Lyman is beyond belief as a fine bass player …
L.A.-based bassist Lyman Medeiros was raised in Honolulu, HA and Indianapolis, IN to parents with Portuguese, Polynesian, and Irish heritage. He picked up his first electric bass at age thirteen and began studying the upright bass at eighteen. After seeing a dynamic concert by the Ray Brown Trio in 1994, Lyman discovered a passion for jazz that has driven his career. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University, Muncie, IN then continued his education at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI where he earned a Master of Music in 2000. Lyman flourished at Western. During his time there he earned Outstanding Student Performer awards from the Notre Dame Jazz Festival and Downbeat magazine. He also won the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s Emerging Artist Grant, and was awarded a full fellowship to attend the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, CA during the summers of 1999 and 2000.
Lyman relocated to Los Angeles in late 2000 and quickly became a well-known presence in the area working with artists such as Plas Johnson, Byron Stripling, Shelly Berg, N’Dugu Chancellor, Kenny Rankin, Mike Melvoin, Greg Field, Bill Cunliffe, Patti Austin, Michael Feinstein, and Mary Clayton.
While he loves working in the world of vocal standards, Lyman’s style and influences are as diverse as his background. He’s been influenced by a wide array of bassists including Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Bootsy Collins, Jaco Pastorious, George Porter Jr. and Ron Carter. His debut album The Funky Supervillain was released late 2005 and features acclaimed jazz musicians Lew Soloff, Tom Brechtlein, Steve Cotter, Chris Wabich, and Lorca Hart. Bass World magazine proclaims the record is “ … an ambitious undertaking with terrific results” and “a fantastic debut CD.”
In 2005 Lyman’s alma mater Ball State University awarded him an Alumni Citation of Achievement for his success in the field of music.
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