Al McKibbon

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Al McKibbon
Al McKibbon, Lucky Thompson and Hilda A. Taylor at the Three Deuces, New York, 1948 Photo: William P. Gottlieb.
Al McKibbon, Lucky Thompson and Hilda A. Taylor at the Three Deuces, New York, 1948
Photo: William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
BornJanuary 1, 1919
DiedJuly 29, 2005 (aged 86)
InstrumentsDouble 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.

McKibbon has always been highly regarded (among other signs of this regard, he was the bassist for the Giants of Jazz), and continued to perform until 2004.

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 and was recorded at Icon Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. The album was Produced by Damon Martin, recorded by studio co-owner Andrew Troy and Assistant Engineer - Aaron Kaplan, 2nd Assistant Engineer - Pablo Solorzano. 'Black Orchid' was mixed by Robbie Adams. Al also wrote the Afterword to Raul Fernandez' book, Latin Jazz, part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of exhibitions on jazz.


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 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 Freddie Redd

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.