Bassist/Producer Mike Griot has just embarked on a journey through jazz history – through the lens of the late jazz bass legend Earl May’s 165 year old upright bass, which May played on many now-famous jazz recordings. May’s wife, Lee May, gifted the heirloom instrument to Griot upon deciding that the instrument's world-class pedigree needed ongoing preservation. Although the bass has fallen into slight disrepair, NYC craftsman David Gage has committed to a full restorative repair of the bass once the funds are raised --- making the vintage instrument heard on John Coltrane's "Lush Life" album a studio and concert worthy instrument once again and a true potential museum artifact!
Risks and challenges
Due to the age of the bass there is a chance that the bass may be too fragile for full restoration. This will not be evident until the repairman is able to make a full assessment, which would include disassembling the instrument completely.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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