|Tags:||jazz bass bebop double bass swing hard bop cool|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Keith Moore Mitchell, 20 September 1927, New York City, New York, USA, d. 8 November 1992, Salem, Oregon, USA. After studying piano and alto saxophone, Mitchell took up the bass while serving in the armed forces. In the late 40s he played in bands led by Jackie Paris, Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson (with whom he played piano) and Charlie Ventura. He spent two years with Woody Herman, but was hospitalized with tuberculosis in 1951. In the early 50s he worked with Red Norvo and Gerry Mulligan, opting to stay in California when Mulligan headed back to New York.
Resident in Los Angeles from 1954, Mitchell became an important figure on the west coast scene, accompanying and sometimes leading artists such as Chet Baker, Bill Perkins, André Previn, Mel Lewis, Hampton Hawes, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and Harold Land. In the late 60s, Mitchell moved to Sweden, remaining in Europe for 10 years, accompanying visiting American musicians and...