Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Join Mike Griot's journey through jazz history to repair the late jazz bassist Earl May's 165 year old upright bass to museum quality!
66 backers pledged $7,926 to help bring this project to life.

About

Fund a Jazz Legend's Bass Repair & Preserve Jazz History! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$7,926

66

Master Repairman Mike from David Gage Basses surveys the condition of the "patient"....
Master Repairman Mike from David Gage Basses surveys the condition of the "patient"....

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
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Thank you mention in 'Thank You Journal' on project website

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    15 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Project photo signed by Mike Griot and
    thank you mention in 'Thank You Journal' on project website

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Project photo signed by Mike Griot and a "Special" thank you mention in 'Thank You Journal' on project website

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Season pass tickets for (2) to 'Blues in the Loft' concert series 2015/2016 at SOPAC Loft, South Orange, NJ with special guest recognition

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Season pass tickets for (4) to 'Blues in the Loft' concert series 2015/2016 at SOPAC Loft, South Orange, NJ with special guest recognition

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Dinner, show & conversation with Lee May & Mike Griot at Hat City Kitchen, Orange, NJ

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Invitation for (2) to private reception to be held in Orange, NJ and a "Special" thank you mention in 'Thank You Journal' on project website

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Private 1 hour concert for you and (15) guests with an after performance reception in The Firehouse Loft, Orange, NJ

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)