Five Firsts: Boris of Doctor Magnum

Doctor Magnum
Doctor Magnum

NAME: Boris
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was Lateralus by Tool. I had gotten into Tool through a friend, and it was one of the best things that happened to me. I was only 14 years old at the time, and it was the first album that really made me think about music in a bigger picture. I owe a lot of my own personal evolution to that album.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … To be completely honest, I can’t remember the first concert I was ever at, but the first concert that had a lasting effect on me was Soulive at Revolution Hall in Troy about six or seven years ago. A friend of mine had told me about it, and we went and watched it and had an awesome time. They were – and still are – so funky, but also showed very amazing musicianship. Definitely a great band to see live.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Trumpet. I played trumpet for a couple years in middle school, and then stopped playing music for two years. Then I went to the euphonium, which was fun and deep. Never got to hit the brown note though.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Jingle Bells” at the church my family attended when I was younger. I was probably 11 or 12 years old, and I was so nervous that I botched the first four bars of it. Actually, I botched the whole tune, I’m pretty sure. It was a great lesson in humility, despite being so young. I knew it sucked, but the crowd clapped, and life went on.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Not including band from high school, the first serious band I was in is the band I’m in now, Doctor Magnum. It’s definitely a very rewarding experience, and it’s crazy to think it’s all just beginning.

Bassman Boris and his bandmates in the instrumental jazz-funk combo Doctor Magnum will be at Red Square in Albany at 9pm on Tuesday (January 15), opening the show for Gamble/Previte/Rucker, a new envelope-pushing jazz trio led by master drummer Bobby Previte. Admission is $10. You’ll also find Doctor Magnum headlining at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Saturday (January 19). Nobody for President and YOMA are slated to kick off the evening at 9pm. Admission is $5.

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