His first professional gig was 30 years ago, but Dwayne Dolphin was only 15 at the time, so he is far from wrapping up the career. The bassist is a major player in the Pittsburgh jazz scene, and fans are no doubt glad he isn’t.
Dolphin, 45, grew up in the Hill District, went to Schenley High School then plunged into his work “like Kobe Bryant,” he says, mentioning the Los Angeles Lakers star who bypassed college to go to the pros.
He performed with trumpet star Wynton Marsalis for nearly two years starting when he was 18 and has shaped a career here and nationally. These days, Dolphin lives in Franklin Park with his wife, Robin. He says he is happy to be working frequently with trumpeter Sean Jones and at the popularity of his piccolo bass. That’s a bass that is tuned an octave higher than normal and allows him to do guitar-like sounds,
His new album, “Pretty Girl,” will be released the weekend of June 27 and the subject of three album release parties then
They will be playing at 9 p.m. Friday at Gullifty’s in Squirrel Hill, 9 p.m. Saturday at Sassie Marie’s on the North Side and 7 p.m. Sunday at CJ’s in the Strip District.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Laurence Fishburne. He is such a great actor, he would make my life seem better than it is.
My brother, Fred. He would let me hang around him and his friends. Most of them were into music or sports so that’s what I did.
Pick your favorite captain:
• A. Kirk
• B. Kangaroo
• C. Crunch
• D. Jack Sparrow
B. Kirk He liked all the ladies blue or green!!
If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I’m watching:
SportsCenter. But at 3 a.m., Martin Lawrence comes on.
Three people I’d love to have dinner with:
• Pam Grier
• Walter Cronkite
• Muhammad Ali
After a long day, I like to relax with a:
• A. Martini
• B. Cabernet
• C. Herbal tea
• D. Hot chocolate
My quirkiest inherited trait:
Moving my leg when I’m sitting.
• A. American Gladiator
• B. WWE
A. It’s competitive and fun to watch!!
My favorite sandwiches, plus fixings:
Turkey, lettuce, onion, pepper jack cheese
One word your mother would use to describe you:
I have two 1. Pam Grier 2. BerNadette Stanis of “Good Times”
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
My required snack in a movie theater is:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
Exercise I hate most:
Vegetable I won’t eat:
I’m deathly afraid of:
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Brown Sugar” by D’angelo
The first band I saw in concert:
The Jackson Five at the Civic Arena
TV marathon you could watch all day and why:
Martin Lawrence. I love comedy!
The person I’m most often mistaken for
• A. Dogs
• B. Cats
A. Because they love you no matter what.
I own 20 pairs of shoes. My favorites are: sandals
• A. Boxers
• B. Briefs
B. Cotton feels good
In high school, I was:
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
• A. John
• B. Paul
• C. George
• D. Ringo
C. He made millions of dollars and nobody really seem to know him or care at all.
My most recent eBay purchase:
I bought my first CD, “Portrait of Adrian”
• A. “Ugly Betty”
• B. “America’s Next Top Model”
• C. “What Not to Wear”
• D. “Extreme Makeover”
C. You got to look good!!
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Rudy” — I know what it’s like to have a dream and act on it!!
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
Pick one you love or hate:
• A. Stripes
• B. Polka dots
• C. Plaid
• D. Paisley
D. Paisley can look real good. Ask Prince!!
What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:
My most embarrassing junk food:
If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be:
It’s not pizza without:
• A. Original Hot Dog Shop fries
• B. Primanti Brothers fries
• C. Potato Patch fries
• D. Pommes frites
A. The first bite you hear that crunch WOW!
My favorite Web site:
Myspace — My friends are there 24 hour a day!
My most memorable fashion mistake:
I try not to make those!
Pick a Bond:
• A. Sean Connery
• B. Timothy Dalton
• C. Pierce Brosnan
• D. Daniel Craig
A. Sean Connery. He is BOND!
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
. . . in Brazil
My childhood nickname was:
My favorite “bad” movie is:
My first job:
Cleaning my high school for the summer
My worst job:
Cleaning the grates in the lights at my high school
My favorite cable channel:
Life would be better without:
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
George Duke and Herbie Hancock
I never travel without my:
Soap. My skin is sensitive I need a mild soap.
People would be surprised to know that I:
I make my living in music playing James Brown music.