Buddy Montgomery

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Buddy Montgomery
Birth name Charles Montgomery
Born (1930-01-30)January 30, 1930
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died May 14, 2009(2009-05-14) (aged 79)
Palmdale, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, vibraphone
Associated acts Wes Montgomery, Slide Hampton, Big Joe Turner, Miles Davis

Charles "Buddy" Montgomery (January 30, 1930, Indianapolis, Indiana – May 14, 2009) was an American jazz vibraphonist and pianist. He was the younger brother of Wes and Monk Montgomery, both notable musicians on guitar and bass guitar respectively.

Buddy and brother Monk formed The Mastersounds in the late 1950s and produced ten recordings. When The Mastersounds disbanded, Monk and Buddy joined their brother Wes on a number of Montgomery Brothers recordings, which were mostly arranged by Buddy. They toured together in 1968, and it was in the middle of that tour that Wes died. Buddy continued to compose, arrange, perform, produce, teach and record, producing nine recordings as a leader.[1]


Buddy first played professionally in 1948; in 1949 he played with Big Joe Turner and soon afterwards with Slide Hampton. After a period in the Army, where he had his own quartet, he joined The Mastersounds as a vibraphonist with his brother Monk, pianist Richie Crabtree and drummer Benny Barth in 1957.[2] He led the "Montgomery-Johnson Quintet" with saxophonist Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson from 1955 to 1957. His earliest sessions as a leader are from the late 1950s. He played briefly with Miles Davis in 1960. After Wes Montgomery’s death in 1968, Buddy became active as a jazz educator and advocate. He founded organizations in Milwaukee, where he lived from 1969 to 1982; and Oakland, California, where he lived for most of the 1980s, that offered jazz classes and presented free concerts.[3]


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  1. ^ Buddy Montgomery at Allmusic
  2. ^ Allmusic mastersounds
  3. ^ Thurber, Jon (May 24, 2009). "Jazz musician Charles 'Buddy' Montgomery dies at 79". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017.