Currently, Dr. Lamkin regularly performs with his “Favorite’s” Jazz Quintet. Enamored by the jazz quintets led by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Miles Davis and many others, Dr. Lamkin's quintet provides a repertoire of “straight ahead” jazz standards and originals. The name
“Favorite’s” refers to the jazz music that he considers his favorite as well as the many local musicians who perform in his band, all of whom he considers to be among his favorite musicians. The John Lamkin “Sacred” Jazz Quintet is the religious extension of The John Lamkin “Favorites” Jazz Quintet. While the “Favorites” performs a repertoire of straight-ahead jazz standards, the “Sacred” Jazz Quintet performs a repertoire of hymns and spirituals closely associated with the Africa-American worship experience, all arranged in a straight-ahead jazz style. Bebop improvisational technics are the hallmark of both groups.
As a child, Dr. Lamkin grew up in Atlantic City during a time when live jazz music filled many of its nightclubs. It was during these formative years that he fell in love with music, particularly the sound of jazz, and realized then that he was called to dedicate his life to the perpetuation of our American Musical Treasure – Jazz. It is his desire to bring small combo bebop or hard bop inspired jazz to audiences that yearn to hear live renditions of this music.