The Skipper’s record label (Skipper Productions) is a great place to check for some great music from LA area jazz musicians. Some albums feature amazing artists with decades-long backgrounds in the Jazz genre, other albums feature artists that may not necessarily be main-stream, but deserve attention and support to help keep JAZZ alive.
Any available albums and the official Skipper T-Shirt can be found on the Skipper Productions website.
Join Henry tonight (April 15, 2021 for a Tribute performance to James Leary (1946-2021).
The newest album in the catalog comes from The Skipper! This highly anticipated album “Showers of Blessings” is a culmination of jazz tunes from the band members plus a couple of standards. Featuring Theo Saunders on keys, Benn Clatworthy on flute, Teodross Avery on saxophone, Ryan Porter on trombone, Willie Jones, III on drums, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Najite Agindotan on percussion and Yaakov Levy on wooden flute. Special thanks to Drayce Franklin. This is an album not to miss!
The latest album on SPRecords featuring The Skipper is “Three More Sounds Live at the Gardenia Club.” Three More Sounds is a tribute group to the late Gene Harris whose group Three Sounds included The Skipper on bass and Carl Burnett on drums at one point. This definitely warrants a listen.
Henry Franklin (The Skipper) is a legendary jazz bass player who was a prominent artist on the Black Jazz record label. One of the more popular albums on the label was humbly titled “The Skipper.” This t-shirt commemorates that album and proceeds are used to keep the artist and the SPRecords label up and running. You can order yours today and help keep JAZZ alive!
Be sure to check out Skipper’s greatest hits 3-volume set! There are over 50 years of tunes (some composed by Skipper) with outstanding musicians: Azar Lawrence, Theo Saunders, Chuck Manning, Carl Burnett, Ramone Banda, Nolan Shaheed, Donald Dean, Calvin Keys and many, many more!
Henry Franklin (The Skipper), jazz bass
Henry Franklin (The Skipper), jazz bassist, was born in 1940, the son of West Coast jazz trumpeter and band leader Sammy Franklin. Henry Franklin began his own career while he was still in high school, playing with his contemporary, Roy Ayers, in the latter’s Latin jazz quintet. This experience put Franklin on the path to his work with Latin jazz bandleader and percussionist Willie Bobo. His work with Bobo in New York also led to Franklin’s playing with Archie Shepp.
Franklin later played with Hugh Masekela, appearing on the latter’s number one single, “Grazing in the Grass,” and the album Promise of a Future (1968), which was among Franklin’s earliest official recording credits (and was one of the bigger-selling jazz albums of 1968). He got further exposure from his work with Masekela when Franklin played in the band that the South African-born trumpet player brought to the Monterey International Pop Festival in June of 1967 — their appearance there was immortalized in the D.A. Pennebaker documentary film of the event, Monterey Pop.
In the decades since, Franklin — often referred to as “The Skipper” — has played and recorded with Gene Harris & the Three Sounds, Freddie Hubbard, Bobbi Humphrey, Hampton Hawes, et al., as well as releasing a brace of albums by his own band right into the 21st century.