Jazz with Mike Shapira Trio at The Last Word
The Last Word, a craft cocktail lounge located in the heart of Huntington Village, hosts Jazz with the Mike Shapira Trio featuring bassist James Cammack every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout September. There is no cover and diners may enjoy delicious craft cocktails while sharing small and large plates including:
Thai Crispy Brussels
Thai brown sugar glaze, cilantro, crispy shallots
Melted leeks, crispy garlic, sesame seeds
Beer Battered Scallion
Lemon Pepper Aioli
Soy marinated fluke, chilo crunch, finger lime
Honey mustard, horseradish, crispy shallots
Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps
Chimichurri, pickled cherry peppers, pickled fennel, burnt lemon
Fried Chicken Sliders
Chili and cheddar seasoned chicken, lettuce, pickle, ranch
Crab Fried Rice
Crab, green onion, egg, cilantro
ABOUT JAMES CAMMACK:
In a feature article on James Cammack, Bass Player Magazine reviewer Richard Johnston nicknamed James, who was at the time a Chicago resident, “Chicago fire,” for his hard-driving, creative approach to playing both acoustic and electric bass. At rehearsals of even the most complicated jazz pieces, Cammack just puts a finger on his instrument to find the key, asks for the general feel, and takes off. An extremely sensitive player, Cammack is an excellent sideman and his own solos demonstrate both virtuosity and musicality.
It’s no wonder. For the past 38 years, James Cammack has performed continuously with legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal. Cammack has visited more than 30 countries backing Jamal and has also toured with singer Nancy Wilson, tubist Howard Johnson, and singer Darlene Love. He has performed in some of the world’s most famous jazz clubs such as the Village Vanguard in New York City and Yoshi’s in San Francisco; and major jazz festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Cammack has several recordings with Ahmad Jamal under his belt, including Rossiter Road (Atlantic), which reached the number-five position on the jazz chart billboard and the last release is It’s Magic(Dreyfus). There is also a new dvd just released, Ahmad Jamal Live In Baalbeck. He has also recorded with pianist Chris Neville, Russian actress Natalia Nazorova, Shahin novarsli, and Senegal super star, Youssou N’Dour name a few.
A piano and trumpet student in his early years, Cammack is largely self-taught. He became interested in playing the bass through an uncle who was also a professional musician. Later, by the recommendation of a high school teacher, Cammack was accepted into the West Point jazz band following an audition. During his stint in the military, Cammack had ample opportunity to play weddings, shows, and jazz gigs in the New York area and learned his trade. A great music associate, pianist and mentor, the late Frank Richmond, mentioned Cammack’s name to Ahmad Jamal, who snapped him up right after West Point. James Cammack is a brilliant performer and offers the highest caliber of jazz, R&B and almost any style music out there.