Buddy Banks (bassist)

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Buddy Banks
Birth name Alvin Banks
Born (1927-01-15)January 15, 1927
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Died August 07, 2005
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments double-bass
Years active 1950–?

Alvin "Buddy" Banks (January 15, 1927 - August 7, 2005) was a jazz double-bassist. He was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Banks grew up in the United States, and traveled to Europe with the U.S. military in 1948. His first appearance on record was in Vienna with Thurmond Young; this group also played live at the Colored Club. He played in Paris with Gerry Wiggins in 1950, and then with Bill Coleman in Berne, Switzerland, Belgium, and Le Havre, France. After problems with his passport in Switzerland, he left for Paris in 1953, where he recorded often with expatriate American jazz musicians as well as local performers. These include Hazel Scott, Buck Clayton, Lionel Hampton, Mezz Mezzrow, Don Byas, Albert Nicholas, and André Persiany. He toured with Michel Attenoux and with Sidney Bechet through Western and Central Europe in 1954.