Dick Lammi was a fine rhythm player in Dixieland settings, pushing the soloists with his tuba and bass playing. He actually started out on violin and then banjo, freelancing in the Pacific Northwest on the latter instrument during the latter half of the 1920s. Lammi mostly played bass during a five-year stretch in Portland, OR and then, after moving to San Francisco in 1936, he began doubling on tuba. Lammi is best-known for his work with Lu Watters' influential Yerba Buena Jazz Band during 1941-1950, appearing on nearly all of the band's recordings. He also spent periods playing fairly regularly with the '50s groups of Bob Scobey and Turk Murphy, and recorded with Wally Rose and Clancy Hayes. Not much was heard of Dick Lammi after the early '60s, and his exact death date and location is not known.
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