About Me

Damon Banks is a “World Musician” in the truest sense of the term. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Damon Banks has performed with and / or recorded with some of the international entertainment industry’s brightest stars, creative artists and innovative musicians. Most of these artists are forward-thinking, completely defy category and transcend genre. These artists include: George Benson, Peter Gabriel, Caetano Veloso, Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar, Chico Hamilton, Wadada Leo Smith, Arto Lindsay & Marc Ribot, Loose Ends, The Neville Brothers, Karsh Kale, Phyllis Hyman, Eileen Ivers, Majek Fashek, C.J Chenier, Andre DeShields, Noel Pointer, Bobby Womack, Ronny Jordan, Miki Howard, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, KRS-ONE, Sekou Sundiata, DJ SPOOKY, Saul Williams, Roxane Butterfly, Brooklyn Raga Massive, The Frankfurt Ballet and Adam Rudolph (to name a few)

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Travelguides
(Damon Banks, bass, composer / Sly Scott, saxophones / Manu Koch, keyboards / Freddie Bryant, guitar / Bruce Cox, drums)

Gameboard
(Gwen Laster – violin, vocals, composer / Freddie Bryant, guitar / Manu Koch, keyboards / Bruce Cox – Willard Dyson, drums / Brahim Fribgane, percussion, / Damon Banks, bass)

Moving Pictures Sextet
(Adam Rudolph, percussion, composer / Ralph Jones III, reeds / Hamid Drake, drums / Kenny Wessel, guitar / Alex Marcelo, keyboards / Damon Banks, bass)

Fall 2019 performance dates at a glance (and on the “What’s New” page)

9/29 “Spirit of Beacon Day” with Gwen Laster, Art Labriola & J-Why (Main Street, Beacon NY)
10/6 “Painted Bride, Philadelphia” with Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
10/19 “Raga Live Marathon” with members of the Go: Organic Orchestra & BRM
10/22 “Troost / Brooklyn” with Daniel carter, Dave Miller & On Ka Davis
11/2 “Hudson Theater” (Hudson, NY) with Go:Organic Orchestra & BRM
11/16 – 11/30 GERMANY, BELGIUM, HOLLAND with Jennifer Porter (details TBA)
12/13 “RAGMALA CD RELEASE @ CCNY” with Go:Organic Orchestra & BRM (details TBA)

Damon Banks has written songs for:
George Benson (“That’s Right”, voted #1 jazz album of 1996) and Miki Howard (“Three Wishes”, Grammy nomination for Best R & B album)

Soundtracks & Television:
“Footsteps In Africa” (Kiahkeya films – Kathi Von Koerber, director) “Muppets from Space” (Henson / Sony films – Tim Hill, director) “Woodstock 1994” w/Hassan Hakmoun & Peter Gabriel, “New York Undercover” (FOX) “BET on Jazz” (BET) “The Today Show” w/The Boys Choir of Harlem (NBC) “Good Morning America” (ABC) MTV Europe, Fuji TV (Japan) and Globo TV (Brasil) His bass playing has been heard on numerous radio spots and jingles throughout the years.

In 2009, he received the DCAC (Dutchess County Arts Council / NYSCA) grant for his multimedia theater piece entitled “Resistance: a Maroon story”. The newest version is currently in production, as well as his first feature film documentary on the evolution of “Dance Music” (title TBA)

Damon plays Fender basses, uses MarkBass amplification and GHS strings. He is a member of ASCAP, A.F.of M (Local 802) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.