Buddy Catlett

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George James Catlett (May 13, 1933 – November 12, 2014), better known as Buddy Catlett, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist,[1] best known for his work as a bassist. He also appeared in feature films including Sex and the Single Girl (1964), When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965), and others.[2]

A childhood friend of Quincy Jones, he had 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 later joined Jones' band for the "Free and Easy" tour of Europe.[3] He played and/or recorded with Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Hubbard, Coleman Hawkins, Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.[4][5]


He died on November 12, 2014, at age 81. He had been living at the Leon Sullivan Health Care Center in Seattle's Central District.[5]


As sideman


  1. ^ Allmusic.com biography; retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1052260/reference retrieved 9/30/15
  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. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 

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