Garvin Bushell

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Garvin Bushell
Garvin Bushell (standing, third from right) with Sam Wooding and his Orchestra, 1925.
Background information
Born (1902-09-25)September 25, 1902
Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 31, 1991(1991-10-31) (aged 89)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres Jazz, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, educator
Instruments Woodwind instruments

Garvin Bushell (September 25, 1902 – October 31, 1991) was an American woodwind multi-instrumentalist.

Though never a major name in jazz, Bushell had a lengthy career from the music's early era, to the avant garde of the 1960s.


Bushell was born in Springfield, Ohio. He played both jazz and classical music on clarinet, alto clarinet, oboe, english horn, flute, saxophone, bassoon, and contrabassoon.

He was best known as a jazz sideman with people such as Perry Bradford, and performed and/or recorded with many of jazz's great names, such as Fletcher Henderson, Bunk Johnson, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Eric Dolphy, Gil Evans, and John Coltrane.

He eventually settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a music teacher. He was married to Louise Bushell until his death in 1991, and had two sons with her.


With Rex Stewart

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