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date: 30 March 2020

Doky, Christian [Chris] Minh locked

  • Mark Gilbert

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(b Copenhagen, Feb 7, 1969). Danish bass player and leader, brother of Niels Lan Doky. His mother is Danish and his father Vietnamese. He learned classical piano from the age of five and played percussion in the Tivoli Garden Marching Band when he was 14. Two years later he took up electric bass guitar, and at the age of 18 he was inspired by Ron Carter to teach himself double bass. Doky worked as the house bass player at La Fontaine in Copenhagen (1984–6) and then lived in New York (August 1988–1991), where he played with, among others, Joey Calderazzo, Kevin Hays, Ben Perowsky, Bill Stewart, Larry Goldings, and Randy Brecker. In the late 1980s he toured Europe in groups led by Brecker and Bill Evans (iii), and from the same time through the 1990s he and his brother led the Doky Brothers with Tommy Smith, Ulf Wakenius, and Jukka-Pekka Uotila among their sidemen. In addition Doky was a member of Mike Stern’s trio, with which he performed in the USA, Italy, and France, and worked with Bireli Lagrene (...

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