Lynn Seaton has had a stellar career as a jazz bassist, accompanying many great jazz musicians from many generations, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Monty Alexander, 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 “Smitty” Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Mel Torme, Frank Wess, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Steve Wilson, Mark Vinci, and Teddy Wilson.
In 1998, he accepted an offer to teach at the world famous University of North Texas, home to one of the largest jazz programs in the world, where he continues to teach and perform to this day.
The Upton Bass Story
We met Lynn at the 2009 ISB conference and struck up a friendship immediately! At one point Lynn was going through all of the Upton Basses we had brought for display, pointing out what he liked about each one while Gary Upton Birkhamshaw took careful notes. A few days later, Lynn brought his own bass over to Gary and showed him what he liked, and didn’t like, about his own bass. Gary and Eric took some notes and measurements off of the bass and upon their return, designed an Upton Bass that hit upon every note and detail of their meeting. Initially the bass was going to be called the “Seaton” model, but we decided instead to mark the opening of the new Boston Showroom and called it the “Bostonian”. Today a number of Lynn’s UNT students own Bostonians (as well as many other Upton Basses!).