Bob Bushnell

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Bob Bushnell (Philadelphia) is a jazz bass player and guitarist.

Playing occasionally with Jimmy Heath’s band in the late 1940s, coinciding with John Coltrane,[1] He also played in the first house band at Philadelphia's Club 421, a lineup led by Charlie Rice, and featuring Vance Wilson, Red Garland and Johnny Hughes.[2] He went on to become a member of Louis Jordan’s bands (both the Orchestra and his Tympany Five). In 1952, he married the band’s vocalist Elaine Dash Robinson,[3] with whom he later formed a group.

As a studio musician, he appears on recordings such as Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”.[4]


As sideman


  1. ^ Porter, Lewis (1999) John Coltrane: his life and music. University of Michigan Press at Google Books. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ “Mr. & Mrs.” JET 4 September 1952 JET, at Google Books. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. ^ Eliot, Marc (2010) Paul Simon: A Life, p. 65. John Wiley & Sons at Google Books. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  5. ^ Savoy Records discography Retrieved 29 April 2013.