Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, Thursday, November 1, 2012


Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…inspired music.” – All About Jazz

Bassist Chris Lightcap got his start in the rust belt town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, playing in everything from symphonies to rock bands while growing up.  After focusing in on jazz bass during college, Lightcap made the move to New York City, where he quickly gained musical footing and landed gigs with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield and more.  His career as a bandleader has centered around his band Bigmouth and in 2010 he released his third CD, Deluxe, which made many year-end best lists.

Lightcap started out on the piano at age eight, switched to violin at nine and began to teach himself the electric bass at fourteen.  As a senior in high school he started to study the upright bass and the following year he enrolled at Williams College. Upon graduating from Williams with the school’s Hutchinson arts grant he moved to his current home, New York City.  Lightcap quickly became busy performing and recording within the city’s fertile jazz and contemporary music scenes.

In 1998 he assembled his own group, a quartet featuring Gerald Cleaver on drums and Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry on tenor saxophones.  Lightcap’s two recordings with this group, Lay-Up (2000) and Bigmouth (2003) were released on Fresh Sound Records. Both CDs were on CMJ’s top-10 radio chart and received critical acclaim in the New York Times, Jazztimes, Cadence, the Village Voice and All About Jazz.  In 2005 Lightcap expanded the band to include Craig Taborn on electric and acoustic piano and renamed the group BigmouthDeluxe was released on the Clean Feed Label in 2010 and received critical praise in the New York Times, Downbeat and The Wall Street Journal. Among the 20 year-end “best of” lists to include Deluxe were those of NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Jazztimes, the Village Voice and the New York Times.

As a sideman Lightcap enjoys working with a wide array of musicians in a variety settings.  His playing has been featured on over 50 recordings, including Craig Taborn’s Light Made Lighter, Regina Carter’s Reverse Thread and Pagannini: After a Dream, the Swell Season’s Strict Joy and many more.  Lightcap’s newest Bigmouth outing marks just one more stepping stone for one of jazz’s most promising leaders.

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Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth

DATE: Thursday, November 1, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door; ½ Price Night for Students. Tickets available at the door with valid I.D.
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227

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