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Oscar Pettiford
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Pettiford at the Aquarium, New York City, in 1946
Background information
Born (1922-09-30)September 30, 1922
Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States
Died September 8, 1960(1960-09-08) (aged 37)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Jazz, bebop, third stream
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double bass, cello
Years active 1942–1960
Labels Debut, Bethlehem, ABC Records
Associated acts Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Barnet, Earl Hines, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Johnny Hodges, Kenny Dorham, Woody Herman

Oscar Pettiford (September 30, 1922 – September 8, 1960) was an American jazz bassist, cellist and composer. He was known for his pioneering work in bebop.


As leader

  • Bass Hits (Topaz, 1943–46)
  • Discoveries (1952)
  • The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet (Debut, 1953) with Charles Mingus, Julius Watkins, Walter Bishop jr., Percy Bridge
  • First Bass (1953)
  • Oscar Pettiford Sextet (Vogue, 1954) with Kai Winding, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Henri Renaud, Max Roach
  • Basically Duke (1954)
  • Another One (1955)
  • O.P. Big Band: Deep Passion (GRP, 1956–57) with Tommy Flanagan, David Amram, Julius Watkins, David Kurtzer, Jerome Richardson, Osie Johnson, Gigi Gryce, Lucky Thompson, Art Farmer, Danny Bank, Jimmy Cleveland, Ernie Royal, Janet Putnam u.a.
  • Winner's Circle (Prestige, 1957) with John Coltrane
  • The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi, Vol. 1 (1956) & Vol. 2 (1957) with Tommy Flanagan, David Amram, Ed London, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce, Betty Glamamm, Jimmy Cleveland, Osie Johnson, Danny Bank, Jerome Richardson, Lucky Thompson, Ernie Royal.
  • Vienna Blues – The Complete Session (Black Lion, 1959) with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Pratt
  • Montmartre Blues (Black Lion, 1959–60)
  • The Complete Essen Jazz Festival Concert, (Black Lion, 1960) with Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke
  • My Little Cello (America Records, 1960)

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