Enter The Bassman
Danny Lumen is an expert bass player from the Philippines. Longer-term Phnom Penh gig-goers will know Danny from the heydays of Bona and Mel’s Memphis Pub on Street 118. More recently Danny has been a house player for the Oscar Bar. In fact, he has been playing live music in Phnom Penh since 1993, when Danny was a member of a ‘Mariachi’ trio performing in the restaurant of the Royal Phnom Penh Hotel.
While everyone on the scene in Phnom Penh knows Danny as a great electric bass player, what we didn’t know was that he also plays upright (double) bass! Danny revealed this fact to Jumping Jack Antti Siitonen when Antti mentioned that Joe & The Jumping Jacks were looking for a new player. Danny dug out his old bass, dusted off ten years of non-use, and set to work on re-learning some classic 1950’s rockabilly tunes. Anyone who loves that era of music knows that the rockabilly sound is built on the ‘slap bass’ style – where an upright bass player alternates plucked notes with a percussive ‘click’ of the string.
A few days later, Danny was rocking and rolling with Antti and Joe down at the Paddy Rice open mic. It worked – you’re hired! Finding an upright bass player in Phnom Penh is difficult enough, finding a great player who can play rockabilly style – major coup!
In July (following a bunch of rehearsals!) Danny will be joining Joe and Antti for some Jumping Jacks gigs in Phnom Penh. The new line-up will debut at Oscar’s On The Corner on Saturday July the 9th. We sincerely hope to once again experience the electrifying and fun atmosphere of our last gig there in May.
Botanico is a craft beer garden on Street 29 (around 100 metres south of the King Father Sihanouk Monument). Road to Mandalay recently inaugurated Botanico as a live music venue and Joe & The Jumping Jacks are very happy to announce what we hope will be the first of many lively shows there. The co-owner, Bob, is a musician himself and has furnished the bandstand with a small-but-high-quality sound system set-up. The Jacks will play an early show there on Saturday the 16th July.
On Friday the 22nd July, the Jumping Jacks trio will return to the scene of many a memorable gig – at Bassac Lanes. The audience at this unique venue – a back-alley conglomeration of tiny, trendy, hole-in-the-wall bars – is comprised of local hipsters, visiting tourists and a large group of neighbourhood kids! Every time the Jacks have played there, the place has been absolutely rocking – and we hope that the show on the 22nd will be no exception!
Join the Jumping Jacks in July for more rocking good times in Cambodia – and please help us welcome the outstanding upright bass player Danny Lumen to the band!
The above video is a sample of some live tunes from our latest gig at Duplex on the 11th June. Thanks and best of luck to bass player Alex Thien, who plays daily at Connexion restaurant in Takamao – rock on!