13 July 1928, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 2 August 1999, Portland, Oregon, USA. After teaching himself to play bass, Vinnegar worked in clubs in the Chicago area (including the Beehive), accompanying jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, before moving to the west coast in 1954. He immediately made an impact on the local music scene, then in the middle of the cool jazz boom. He played and recorded with just about everyone; a short list might include Jack Sheldon, Stan Levey, Shorty Rogers, Dexter Gordon, Cy Touff, Russ Freeman, Elmo Hope, Stan Getz, Harold Land, Carl Perkins (with whom he had gone to school), Art Pepper and Teddy Edwards. He was also a member of the Shelly Manne trio (the third man being André Previn) which recorded the 1956 hit album My Fair Lady.
Vinnegar continued to work with a variety of bands, sometimes as leader, at home in large and small groups. He sometimes appeared in non-jazz contexts and his...