About Me

Damon Banks is a bassist, composer, producer and educator. He is also 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 throughout his career. Most of these artists are forward-thinking, completely defy category and transcend genre. This partial list includes: 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, Melba Moore, Saul Williams, Roxane Butterfly, Brooklyn Raga Massive, The Frankfurt Ballet and Adam Rudolph (to name a few)

As a composer, he 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)

As a soundtrack / session bass player, he has played on:
“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) – as well as 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 uses Fender basses, MarkBass amplification and GHS strings. He is a member of ASCAP, A.F.of M (Local 802) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

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

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

Fall 2019 performance dates at a glance:

Sunday, 10/6 “Painted Bride” (Philadelphia) w Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
Saturday, 10/19 “Ragas Live” (Pioneer Works, BK) w Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures
Tuesday, 10/22 “Troost” (BK) w Daniel Carter (reeds, brass), Dave Miller (drums) & On Ka’ Davis (guitar)
Saturday, 11/2 “Hudson Theater” (Hudson, NY) w Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
11/16 – 11/30 ** Belgium, Holland, Germany w Jennifer Porter (details TBA) **
Friday, 12/13 “RAGMALA” CD Release @ CCNY” w Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive (details TBA)