Al McKibbon

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Al McKibbon
McKibbon in 1971
McKibbon in 1971
Background information
BornJanuary 1, 1919
DiedJuly 29, 2005 (aged 86)
Instrument(s)Double bass

Al McKibbon (January 1, 1919 – July 29, 2005) was an American jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.

In 1947, after working with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, J. C. Heard, and Coleman Hawkins, he replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's band, in which he played until 1950. In the 1950s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, Mongo Santamaria, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins. McKibbon was credited with interesting Tjader in Latin music while he played in Shearing's group.

In 1999, the first album in his own name, Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida, was released.[1] McKibbon's second album, Black Orchid, was released in 2004.


As leader[edit]

  • Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida (Blue Lady, 1999)
  • Black Orchid (Departure Records, 2004)

As sideman[edit]

With Nat Adderley

With Lorez Alexandria

With The Byrds

With Sonny Criss

With Miles Davis

With Victor Feldman

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Coleman Hawkins

With Johnny Hodges

With The Jazz Crusaders

With Charles Kynard and Buddy Collette

With Thelonious Monk

With Randy Newman

With The Night Blooming Jazzmen

  • The Night Blooming Jazzmen (1971)

With Herbie Nichols

With Shuggie Otis

With Van Dyke Parks

With Freddie Redd

With Martha Reeves

  • We Meet Again (Fantasy, 1978)

With George Shearing

With George Shearing and Dakota Staton

With Robert Stewart

With Billy Taylor

With Cal Tjader

With Jack Wilson


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Al McKibbon". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.