Buddy Catlett

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Buddy Catlett
Birth nameGeorge James Catlett
BornMay 13, 1933
Long Beach, California, U.S.
DiedNovember 12, 2014 (aged 81)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
InstrumentsDouble bass

George James Catlett (May 13, 1933 – November 12, 2014), known professionally as Buddy Catlett, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist,[1] best known for his work as a bassist.


Catlett was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Seattle. A childhood friend of Quincy Jones, he played with Jones in bands led by Charlie Taylor and Bumps Blackwell. He attended Garfield High School.[2]


In 1959, he was hired by Cal Tjader. He joined Jones's band for a European tour.[3] He worked with Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Coleman Hawkins, Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He died of heart problems and other illnesses on November 12, 2014, at age 81. He had been living at the Leon Sullivan Health Care Center in the Central District of Seattle.[5]


As sideman


  1. ^ Allmusic.com biography; retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "George James ("Buddy") Catlett (1933-2014) •". October 21, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  3. ^ Jones, Quincy (2003). Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. ISBN 9780385504744.
  4. ^ Davis, Jessica (July 20, 2008). "Bassist Buddy Catlett, a Seattle native, brings jazz home". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  5. ^ a b de Barros, Paul. "Buddy Catlett, renowned Seattle jazz bassist". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.

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