Contributed photo by Steve Parke
Performing a special brand of music that encompasses multiple genres, the Victor Wooten Trio is making a stop in Wallowa County as part of its West Coast tour.
The group, led by world-renowned bassist Wooten, also features drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. The performance is Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the OK Theatre, 208 W. Main St., Enterprise. Wooten, who began taking bass lessons at the age of 2 from his brother, is a five-time Grammy winner. He is a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones as well as his namesake trio and he’s played for a variety of musicians too long to list.
Wooten has been recognized as bassist of the year three times by Bass Player Magazine, the only bassist to win it more than once. To top that, he was voted one of the top 10 bassists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine readers in 2011. Wooten also is the author of the music-themed book “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music,” which has inspired countless musicians. He recently released “TRYPNOTYX,” his first album in five years, which also features Chambers and Franceschini.
Providing the backbeat for the trio, Chambers first started playing drums when he was 4 years old and was playing gigs at Baltimore-area nightclubs two years later. In 2016, he was included in the list of the 100 greatest drummers of all time in Rolling Stone. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001.
Playing a variety of woodwind instruments, Franceschini was born in New York City, graduating from Music and Art High School. In addition to playing on more than 200 albums for numerous musicians, Franceschini has performed as a touring musician with Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, George Benson and many more.
Theatre owner Darrell Brann said it’s the biggest show he’s attempted to bring to the Wallowa Valley. Wooten, Brann said, has nearly 600,000 Facebook followers and videos with more than six million views.
“For people who make it to the show, this is a historic moment for the community,” he said. “We’ve never had a musician of this caliber. This is really upping the ante for our shows because of Victor’s global appeal as a musician.”
Brann said the reason he could bring the bassist to the county was because of Wooten’s passion to bring music education to the outer reaches. After playing four shows at Jazz Alley in Seattle, Wooten and his crew will make a stop at Revolution Hall in Portland before swinging over to Enterprise on their way to Reno.
General admission tickets are $45 and are available via www.eventbrite.com. In addition, they can be purchased at several Wallowa County locations, including M.C. Crow in Lostine, the Joseph Hardware in Joseph, and Bookloft and Dollar Stretcher in Enterprise. For more information, visit www.theoldok.com. For more about Wooten, go to www.victorwooten.com.
Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-564-4539.