Buddy Catlett

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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.

A childhood friend of Quincy Jones, he played with Jones in bands led by Charlie Taylor and Bumps Blackwell, as well as in a National Guard band. In 1959, he was hired by Cal Tjader. He joined Jones's band for a European tour.[2] He worked with Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Coleman Hawkins, Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.[3][4]


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 Seattle's Central District.[4]


As sideman


  1. ^ Allmusic.com biography; retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Jones, Quincy (2003). Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. ISBN 9780385504744. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Davis, Jessica (July 20, 2008). "Bassist Buddy Catlett, a Seattle native, brings jazz home". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 18, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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