Curtis Counce

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s


Curtis Lee Counce, 23 January 1926, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 31 July 1963, Los Angeles, California, USA. After studying various instruments, bass player Counce gained professional experience playing with Nat Towles’ territory band in the early 40s. He subsequently worked for three years with Edgar Hayes. By the end of the decade Counce had begun a period of intensive association with many of the leading west coast beboppers currently engaged in creating the ‘cool school’ of jazz. In 1953 he recorded with Teddy Charles and was on the Shorty Rogers Cool And Crazy album. The powerful swing engendered by Rogers’ big band, made up almost entirely of Stan Kenton sidemen, was due in no small part to the rhythm section of Marty Paich, Shelly Manne and Counce. That same year, Counce recorded with small groups led by Manne. In 1954 Counce was available for a record session with an expanded version of the Max Roach - Clifford Brown quintet, the...

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