Gary Peacock

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Gary Peacock
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Peacock performing in July 2003
Background information
Born (1935-05-12) May 12, 1935 (age 84)
Burley, Idaho, United States
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1956–present
Associated actsPaul Bley, Albert Ayler, Masabumi Kikuchi, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Marc Copland

Gary Peacock (born May 12, 1935) is an American jazz double-bassist.[1]


Peacock was born in Burley, Idaho. After military service in Germany in the early 1960s, he worked on the west coast with Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper, then moved to New York. He worked there with Bley, the Bill Evans Trio (with Paul Motian), and Albert Ayler's trio with Sunny Murray. There were also some live dates with Miles Davis, as a temporary substitute for Ron Carter.

Peacock spent time in Japan in the late 1960s, abandoning music temporarily and studying Zen philosophy. After returning to the United States in 1972, he studied Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and taught music theory at Cornish College of the Arts from 1976 to 1983.

In 1983, he joined Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with Jack DeJohnette (the three musicians had previously recorded Tales of Another in 1977 for ECM Records, under Peacock's leadership). Among the trio's albums are Standards, Vol. 1 and Standards, Vol. 2 and Standards Live.

With the breakup of the "Standards Trio" in 2014, Peacock decided to continue his career as the leader of his own piano trio, with Marc Copland on piano and Joey Baron on drums. His 80th birthday year (2015) saw him touring worldwide with this trio to support their ECM release.


As leader[edit]

With Tethered Moon (Trio with Masabumi Kikuchi and Paul Motian)

As sideman[edit]

With Franck Amsallem

  • Out a Day (OMD, 1990) with Bill Stewart

With Albert Ayler

With Paul Bley

With Bill Carrothers

With Marc Copland

With Marilyn Crispell

With Bill Evans

With Clare Fischer

With Keith Jarrett

With Barney Kessel

With Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons

With Misha Mengelberg

With Don Pullen

With Bud Shank

With Ravi Shankar

With John Surman

With Ralph Towner

With Mal Waldron

With Tony Williams

With Jimmy Woods

With Toninho Horta



Year Title Credit Notes
1961 Toys on a Field of Blue composer short film
1964 New York Eye and Ear Control composer short film
Year Title Credit Notes
1960 Barefoot Adventure musician surfing documentary
1985 Keith Jarrett: Standards himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary
1993 The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at Open Theatre East himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary
Year Title Credit Notes
2001 Mostly Martha "Never Let Me Go" & "U Dance" performed by: (credited w/Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette) soundtrack


Year Title Credit Notes
1962 Frankly Jazz himself (musician: bass) (TV series) original air date: November 10, 1962


  1. ^ Matt Collar (May 12, 1935). "Gary Peacock | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2015.

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