Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Seaton, Lynn (Earl)
Seaton, Lynn (Earl), bass, educator; b. Tulsa, OK, 18 July 1957. His father was Earl Alva Seaton (Born 1919 Died 1992) and his mother was Reba Pickard Seaton (Born 1924 Died 1987). His sister Rebecca June Wallace (born 1954) plays the flute.
Lynn began studying classical guitar at age seven, switching to string bass at age nine. While studying music at the University of Oklahoma, he began working the clubs around the state. In September of 1980, Lynn relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio to join the Steve Schmidt Trio and the Blue Wisp Big Band. He was awarded a Jazz Studies Fellowship in the summer of 1981 from the National Endowment for the Arts to study with Rufus Reid. Lynn has been a faculty member at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Long Island University, State University of New York at New Paltz, William Patterson College, and is currently teaching at the University of North Texas. He thoroughly enjoys teaching workshops, coaching ensembles, and doing artist-in residence programs, having done many throughout America and Europe including numerous schools, kindergarten through college, Jamey Aebersoldis and UNT jazz camps, and Clark Terryis Institute of Jazz Studies. He currently has private students as well. During September of 1984, Lynn joined Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd. July of 1985 brought him a position with the Count Basie Orchestra. During this time he moved to New York City (1986) where he resided until 1998. After his two-year engagement with the Basie Band, he did an extended tour with Tony Bennett and a six-month tour with George Shearing. Much of 1991 was spent touring with Monty Alexander. 1992 through 1994 was spent freelancing in the New York area. 1995 until the fall of 2000 was with the Jeff Hamilton Trio. He has performed at festivals world wide including the Bern, Concord, JVC, Kool, Kyoto, Chicago, Nice, Elkhart, Kansas City, Montreal, Edmonton, Newport, North Sea, Perugia, West Coast, San Sebastian, Ottercrest, Topeka, Sarasota, Paradise Valley and Poori. At present, Lynn is freelancing and touring as a performer and clinician with a variety of people.
Lynn has worked alongside many outstanding musicians, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ernestine Anderson, Buck Clayton, Al Cohn, Kenny Drew Jr., Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Herb Ellis, John Fedchock, Frank Foster, Freddy Green, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Wynard Harper, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Mark Murphy, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Raney, Emily Remler, Diane Schuur, Maria Schneider, Bud Shank, Carol Sloane, Marvin iSmittyi Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, Frank Wess, Joe Willliams, Nancy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Mark Vinci and Teddy Wilson. In addition, he has worked in the jingle studios, pit bands for shows, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, has performed on television broadcasts including CBS Sunday Morning and the Bill Cosby show, Japanese, Dutch, Swiss and German National TV, and radio broadcasts including NPR and several European stations.
He is currently living in Highland Village, Texas, working and recording with many great jazz artists, and leading his own trio. He teaches at the University of North Texas.
His spouse is Marianna Seaton and his son is Aubrey Seaton.
Bassman's Basement; Solo Flights
As sideperson: (selected, in alphabetical order):
Jamey Aebersold Playalongs: Billy Strayhorn (Volume 66), Giant Steps (Volume 68), Street of Dreams (Volume 72), Stolen Moments (Volume 83), Holiday Classics (Volume 78), Avalon (Volume 79), Shoutin' Out: The Music of Horace Silver (Volume 86), Darn That Dream (Volume 89); Howard Alden: Howard Alden Trio, Snowy Morning Blues; Ernestine Anderson: Live at the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival 3rd Set, Great Moments with E. Anderson, Concord Jazz Heritage Series; Blue Wisp Big Band: Butterfly, Live at Carmello's, The Smooth One, WKRC-TV & The Blue Wisp Band Present, Butterfly and the Smooth One, Rollin' W/ Von Ohlen & Live at Carmello's; Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: An Alec Wilder Collection, Forever; Royce Campbell: Gentle Breeze, With Strings, 6 x 6; Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Star Tracks; Buck Clayton: Live from Greenwich Village, NYC; John Colliani: Blues-0-Matic; Cal Collins: Cracked Rib Blues; Concord All-Stars: Live at the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival (2nd Set); Sue Cruse: Pick Yourself Up!; Count Basie Orchestra: Caterina Valente with Thad Jones, Way Out Basie with Thad Jones, Long Live the Chief, The Legend: the Legacy, Timeless Count Basie, Basie Swings; DMP Big Band: Carved in Stone, Salutes Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller Project, Potpourri; DMP All Stars: A Loyal Tribute to His Majesty the King, On the Illustrious Occasion of his 72 Birthday (The Music of the King of Thailand); Kenny Drew, Jr.: Crystal River, Follow the Spirit, Sirocco, Portraits of Mingus and Monk, Reverie, Siciliano, Winter Flower; John Fedchock: New York Big Band, New York Big Band on the Edge, No Nonsense; Roy Gerson: That Gerson Person; Tim Hagans: From the Neck Down; Jeff Hamilton: Live, Hands On, Hamilton House; Woody Herman: 50'" Anniversary (Grammy Nominated), And his Big Band - the Concord Years, Concord Heritage Series; Milt Hinton: Laughing at Life; Denise Jannah: I Was Born in Love with You; Fritz Land esbergen & The Jeff Hamilton Trio: Dynavibes; Sherrie Maricle with Peter Appleyard: In Concert; Bill Ohashi: Fantasia; Bucky Pizzarelli (with John Pizzarelli): Nirvana; Ted Des Plantes: Ted and His Buddies; George Rabbai: In Good Company; Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra (Grammy Winner); Chip Shelton: A Labor of Love; Bobby Shew: Round Midnight; Dave Stryker and the Bill Warfield Big Band: Nomad; Maxine Sullivan: On Tour with the Allegheny Jazz Quartet; Paul Tillotson: Tasty Morsels; Mark Vinci: As I think About You, Grand Slam, Interplay; Frank Wess: Surprise Surprise, Live at the 1996 Floating Jazz Fest, Trying to Make My Blues Turn Green, Surprise! Surprise!; Various Artits: Jazz Live - GRP Gold Encore Series, Essential Jazz Ballads, Essential Jazz Ballads (Box Set), Jazz Piano Anthology - Modern Evolution, Digital Big Band Bash, Hoagy Carmichael Songbook
The film "Double Jeopardy" contains the song "Juicy Lucy" performed by the Jeff Hamilton Trio with Lynn on bass.
Profiles have appeared in Jazz Times, Bass Player magazines.
Kendor Press has published his book "Jazz Solos for Bass".
National Arts Associate Sigma Alpha Iota 2002