Zanesville, OH—state capitol from 1810-1812, home of the Zanesville Y-Bridge and birthplace of Greg Loughman. Greg picked up the upright bass while at Capital University in Columbus, studying with bassist Doug Richeson, who at the time was touring with Tony Bennett. Upon graduation, Greg found what so few guitarists do: work. He has been a professional bassist ever since and a stalwart of the Boston music scene for some 17 years performing in a wide variety of styles including country/pop with Patti Page, modern jazz with Curtis Fuller, Klezmer & Arabic music (Klezwoods), Balkan music (Roving Soul, Plamen Karadonev), Indian music (John Funkhouser, Natraj), Latin jazz, and more.
Our friend Jason Anick gets the assist by bringing Greg into the Gypsy jazz family. This ain’t that; but it’s them, and it’s fun:
Jason’s main Gypsy jazz gig, you may know, is with one of the premier North American ensembles performing this music, Rhythm Future Quartet. That group also features Max O’Rourke, Olli Soikkeli … and Greg Loughman providing the firm foundation for all the fast furiosity of which this gang is capable. Here they are at Scullers Jazz Club playing Django’s, “Minor Blues.” Greg’s solo is right after Max’s, around the 2:30 mark.