George Duvivier

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George Duvivier (August 17, 1920 – July 11, 1985) was an American jazz double-bass player.

Duvivier was born in New York City and took up the cello and also the violin while in high school before settling on the bass. He also learned composition and scoring before going out on the road with Lucky Millinder and then with the Cab Calloway bands of the early 40s after a stint in the army. He was an excellent composer and scored many tunes for those two big bands. He was a freelance bassist for most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any extended period of time, but played with some of jazz's greatest. He was Bud Powell's bassist in 1953, during the sessions for The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2, for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill from 1957 to 1959 and continued playing with Scott through the 1960s. In 1956, Duvivier played in the orchestra in the movie The Benny Goodman Story.

During the 1970s he was a member of Soprano Summit.

One of his last performances was on Late Night with David Letterman in 1983, accompanying singer/songwriter Tom Waits.

Duvivier died of cancer in his Manhattan home.


With Manny Albam

With Gene Ammons

With Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

  • The Newest Sound Around (1962)

With Mildred Anderson

With George Benson, Al Harewood and Mickey Tucker

  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 1 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 2 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 3 (Accord, 1973)

With Kenny Burrell

With Ron Carter

With Arnett Cobb

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Buddy DeFranco

  • Like Someone in Love (1977)

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Forrest

With Ronnie Foster

With Stan Getz & Laurindo Almeida

With Paul Gonsalves

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Gigi Gryce

With Wilbur Harden

  • The King and I (1958)

With Barry Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Janis Ian

  • Janis Ian (Verve, 1967) - upright bass on "Society's Child"

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Spectrum (Argo, 1965)
  • Illinois Jacquet Quartet Live at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 18, 1978

With Milt Jackson

With Etta Jones

With Mundell Lowe

With Johnny Lytle

With Junior Mance

With Barry Manilow

With Shelly Manne

With Gil Mellé

With Moondog

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

  • Phineas Newborn Plays Jamaica (RCA Victor, 1957)

With Herbie Nichols

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jackie Paris

With Houston Person

With Bucky Pizzarelli

  • Songs for New Lovers (1978)

With Bud Powell

With Lalo Schifrin

With Shirley Scott

With Derek Smith

  • Love for Sale (Progressive, 1978)

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Sarah Vaughan

With Mal Waldron

With Walter Wanderley

With Chuck Wayne

  • Tasty Pudding (1954)

With Frank Wess

With Randy Weston

With Donna Hightower

  • Take One (Capitol, 1959)


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