Personalities | Oscar Pettiford | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Bass, cello, composer, 1922–60)
Oscar Pettiford was the first bass player to develop the new melodic and rhythmic concepts of bebop on his instrument and was an accomplished cellist and composer. He was of mixed African-American and Native American extraction and had a famously irascible temperament, frequently falling out with his many collaborators. He worked with Duke Ellington and Woody Herman, and led his own small groups and a big band (1956–57). He spent his final two years in Europe.
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