Notable Bassists

Here are some upright bassists that are considered influential and/or innovative. It is not a comprehensive list, but a continuously growing list.

Notable Upright Bassists (In Alphabetical Order)

Ray Brown
Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, many others

Ron Carter
Gil Evans, Dexter Gordon, B.B King, Tommy Flanagan, Eric Dolphy, many others

Paul Chambers
Miles Davis, Wynton Kelly

John Clayton
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Count Basie, Monty Alexander

Eddie Gomez
Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespe, John Coltrane

Dave Holland
Dave Holland Band (Various), Miles Davis, Joe Lovano

Scott LaFaro
Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton

Cecil McBee
Wayne Shorter, Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill

Charles Mingus
Mingus Bands (Various)

Red Mitchell
Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Herb Ellis, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Bill Mays, Warne Marsh, Jimmy Rowles, Phil Woods

Gary Peacock
Keith Jarrett, Albert Ayler, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
Gary’s Myspace Page

Lonnie Plaxico
Dexter Gordon, Cassandra Wilson, Hank Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine

Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson (NHOP)
Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Kenny Drew

Rufus Reed

Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Eddie Harris, Akira Tana, Many Others

Contemporary Notable Bassists

Carlos Henriquez
Danilo Perez, Wynton Marsalis

Robert Hurst
Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti

Marc Johnson
Eliane Elias (wife), Lyle Mays, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton, Bill Evans

Christian McBride
Christian McBride Bands (Various), Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall, Chick Corea

John Patitucci

Chick Corea, Solo Performances

Eric Revis

Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts


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