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High Five

James Jamerson Jr.’s favorite Motown tunes

He grew up in the studio watching his dad play bass in the legendary Funk Brothers, the Motown house band illuminated in the 2002 documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” Eventually, James Jamerson Jr. became a master of the instrument himself, getting his first cut as a teen on a Smokey Robinson track and playing for many years on the road with the Temptations, and in the studio with everyone from Teena Marie to Bob Dylan to Robert Goulet.

Next Wednesday Jamerson brings “Standing in the Shadows of Motown Live!” to the Wilbur Theatre with Peabo Bryson and Leela James. They’ll play the songs his dad helped imprint on several generations of music fans. Jamerson chatted with us about his five favorite tunes featuring his dad.

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