Jazz supergroup Victor Wooten Trio draws musicians

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The Victor Wooten Trio — Bob Franceshini, Wooten, Dennis Chambers — appear Wednesday at Cargo Concert Hall.

If they don’t have a show to play on Wednesday, you can find the Reno-area musicians at the Cargo Concert Hall, the site of a Victor Wooton Trio.

The band is comprised of Wooten, an revolutionary bassist, and the extraordinary drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceshini.

“This is a musician’s musician gig, I am certainly looking forward to it, said Michael Young, a drummer and Cargo’s production manager. “Drummers and bass players (will be) at this one. Dennis Chambers is a monster.”

Each player has been recognized for his talent at an early age. Franceschini was 17 when he joined Tito Puente’s band, Chambers was 18 when he started playing with Parliament/Funkadelic, and Wooten was just 6 when his band The Wooten Brothers tour with Curtis Mayfield.

The show has not sold out. Tickets are $25 today but the price increases to $28 on Wednesday, the day of the show, which starts at 8 p.m.

The trio recently released the album “Trypnotyx.”

Franceshini also has played with the Mike Stern Band, Paul Simon and Willie “El Malo: Colon. A 2001 Modern Drummer Hall of Fame inductee, Chambers played with George Clinton’s bands for seven years before joining John Scofield. He’s also recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Stern, George Duke, John McLaughlin, Steely Dan and Maceo Parker. He’s a member of the quartet Niacin.

Wooten is the youngest of five boys, he began learning to play music at the tender age of 2. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age 5 and at age 6 was on tour with The Wooten Brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield.

Fast forward a few decades, and we know Wooten as a five-time Grammy winner, a founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the only multiple winner of Bass Player Magazine’s reader’s poll (three times), named one of the top 10 bassists of all time by Rolling Stone, and having won just about every honor awarded to a bassist.

Many know Wooten the musician, but it should also be known that, in his youth, he organized a two-year student run safety patrol to help rid his high school of violence, and upon graduation expanded the organization to help the neighboring cities. He received a special award for being one of the top graduating African-American students in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and was also offered a scholarship to play soccer at a local college.

Currently, Wooten is a published author, an acclaimed teacher, a naturalist who enjoys teaching about the world we live in, and a sought after lecturer. He runs a nonprofit organization, and is an entrepreneur among other things. A few years ago, Wooten and his wife purchased nearly 150 acres of land near Nashville, and built a retreat center with the sole purpose of helping kids and adults improve their lives. A few years later, in order to be in complete control of his own music, Wooten formed a record label called VIX Records. In addition to all of this, he continues to record and perform with artists such as Béla Fleck, Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten), and his brothers, as well as with his own band – The Victor Wooten Band.

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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