Leroy Vinnegar

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Leroy Vinnegar
Also known as The Walker
Born (1928-07-13)July 13, 1928
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Origin Los Angeles, CA, USA
Died August 3, 1999(1999-08-03) (aged 71)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass

Leroy Vinnegar (July 13, 1928 – August 3, 1999) was an American jazz bassist.

Born in Indianapolis, the self-taught Vinnegar established his reputation in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. His trademark was the rhythmic "walking" bass line, a steady series of ascending or descending notes, and it brought him the nickname "The Walker". Besides his jazz work, he also appeared on a number of soundtracks and pop albums, notably Van Morrison's 1972 album, Saint Dominic's Preview.

He recorded extensively as both a leader and sideman. He came to public attention in the 1950s as a result of recording with Lee Konitz, André Previn, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Joe Castro and Serge Chaloff.[1] He played bass on Previn and Manne's My Fair Lady album, one of the most successful jazz records ever produced. He also performed on another of jazz's biggest hit albums, Eddie Harris and Les McCann's Swiss Movement, released in 1969. Vinnegar also performed at the famous Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California, and Diggers in East Los Angeles in the late 1950s with drummer/pianist Don Joham along with other musicians. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1986. In 1995, the Oregon State Legislature honored him by proclaiming May 1 Leroy Vinnegar Day.

Vinnegar died of a heart attack, at the age of 71, on August 3, 1999, in a hospital in Portland.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With The Doors

Waiting For The Sun acoustic bass on track 7


With Chet Baker

With Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan

With Joe Castro Trio

With Dolo Coker

With Sonny Criss

With Kenny Dorham

With Kenny Drew

With Teddy Edwards

With Red Garland

With Eddie Harris and Les McCann

With Elmo Hope

With Eric Kloss

With Gordon Lee

  • On the Shoulder of Giants (1994; Unity Label Group)

With Shelly Manne

With Howard McGhee

With Van Morrison

With Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster

With Sonny Rollins

With Sonny Stitt

With Cedar Walton

With Jessica Williams

  • Encounters (1994; Jazz Focus)
  • Encounters II (1997; Jazz Focus)

With Don Wilkerson

With Serge Chaloff


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Blue Serge: Review". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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