George Duvivier

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George Duvivier
George Duvivier at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1984
George Duvivier at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1984
Background information
Born(1920-08-17)August 17, 1920
New York City
DiedJuly 11, 1985(1985-07-11) (aged 64)
New York City
Instrument(s)Double bass
Years active1940s–1980s

George Duvivier (August 17, 1920 – July 11, 1985)[1] was an American jazz double-bassist.


Duvivier was born in New York City, the son of Leon V. Duvivier and Ismay Blakely Duvivier.[1] He attended the Conservatory of Music and Art, where he studied violin. At age sixteen, he worked as assistant concertmaster for the Central Manhattan Symphony Orchestra. He began playing double bass and concentrated on composition at New York University. In the early 1940s, he accompanied Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Millinder, and Eddie Barefield.[1] After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as an arranger for Jimmie Lunceford, then as arranger and bassist for Sy Oliver.[2]

In the 1950s, he accompanied Lena Horne on her tour in Europe.[1] He recorded for commercials, television shows, and movie soundtracks. Although he spent most of his career as a sideman, he recorded as a leader in 1956 with Martial Solal for Coronet. For four years beginning in 1953, he worked steadily with Bud Powell.[1] He also worked with Count Basie, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Chico Hamilton, Hank Jones, Shelly Manne, Oliver Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, and Bob Wilber.[2]

He died of cancer in New York, aged 64.[3] His mother Ismay Duvivier, once a dancer, donated a large collection of papers, including letters and scrapbooks of her career and his, to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.[4]


With Pepper Adams

With Manny Albam

With Joe Albany

With Gene Ammons

With Mildred Anderson

With Louis Armstrong

With Count Basie

With Louis Bellson

With George Benson, Al Harewood and Mickey Tucker

  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 1 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 2 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 3 (Accord, 1973)

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Ruth Brown

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Ron Carter

With Sonny Clark and Max Roach

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With Sam Cooke

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Buddy DeFranco

  • Like Someone in Love (Progressive, 1977)

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Forrest

With Ronnie Foster

With Aretha Franklin

With Bud Freeman

With Stan Getz

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Paul Gonsalves

With Honi Gordon

With Gigi Gryce

With Chico Hamilton

With Roland Hanna

With Wilbur Harden

  • The King and I (Savoy, 1958)

With Barry Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Donna Hightower

  • Take One (Capitol, 1959)

With Johnny Hodges

With Lena Horne

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Janis Ian

With Milt Jackson

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Spectrum (Argo, 1965)
  • Illinois Jacquet Quartet Live at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 18, 1978

With Budd Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Hank Jones

With Ben E. King

With Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

With John Lewis

With Mundell Lowe

With Johnny Lytle

With Junior Mance

With Barry Manilow

With Shelly Manne

With Don McLean

With Gil Mellé

With Helen Merrill

  • American Country Songs (Atco, 1959)

With Wes Montgomery

With Moondog

With Gerry Mulligan

With Mark Murphy

  • Rah (Riverside, 1961)

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Herbie Nichols

With Anita O'Day

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jackie Paris

With Houston Person

With Esther Phillips

  • Esther Phillips Sings (Atlantic, 1966)

With Dave Pike

With Bucky Pizzarelli

  • Songs for New Lovers (Stash, 1978)

With Bud Powell

With Freddie Redd

With Red Rodney

With Jimmy Rushing

With A. K. Salim

With Lalo Schifrin

With Gunther Schuller

With Shirley Scott

With Carrie Smith

  • Do Your Duty (Black & Blue, 1976)
  • Carrie Smith (West 54, 1979)

With Derek Smith

  • Love for Sale (Progressive, 1978)

With Jimmy Smith

With Johnny Smith

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Buddy Tate

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Joe Thomas and Jay McShann

With Cal Tjader

With Stanley Turrentine

With Sarah Vaughan

With Warren Vaché Jr.

  • Iridescence (Concord Jazz, 1981 [1999])

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Mal Waldron

With Walter Wanderley

With Julius Watkins

With Chuck Wayne

With Ben Webster

With Frank Wess

With Randy Weston

With Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern

With Joe Wilder

With Joe Williams

  • Having the Blues Under European Sky (Denon, 1985)

With Lem Winchester

With Lester Young


  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "George Duvivier". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "George Duvivier Dies; Bassist for Top Bands". The New York Times. July 13, 1985. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "Collection: The Ismay and George Duvivier Papers, Artifacts, and Audiovisual Materials". Institute of Jazz Studies, Archives and Special Collections at Rutgers. Retrieved 2022-01-04.

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