Oscar Pettiford

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz bebop bass jazz bass jazz cello Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

30 September 1922, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 8 September 1960, Copenhagen, Denmark. Coming from a musical background, Pettiford was competent on several instruments, settling for bass in the early 40s. He played with Charlie Barnet, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and others; then in the middle of the decade, was active among the New York beboppers. He briefly co-led a band with Dizzy Gillespie, and later led his own groups. From 1945 he was with Duke Ellington, moving on in 1948 to the Woody Herman band. During the 50s he played in several bands, big and small, often leading his own groups, and was usually in the company of important musicians such as Thelonious Monk, Lucky Thompson and Art Blakey. In 1958 he toured Europe with a jazz concert package, remaining behind to take up residence in Denmark where he died in 1960. A major influence upon bop bass players, Pettiford played with a superb tone and clarity. Nevertheless, he was frequently...

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