Herman Wright

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Herman Wright was a jazz bassist from Detroit, Michigan and later resided in Harlem, New York City until his death.

He began on drums as a teen before ultimately settling on upright bass. He worked with Dorothy Ashby, Terry Gibbs,[1] Yusef Lateef, George Shearing, Doug Watkins and on one occasion substituted Charles Mingus when the latter wanted to play piano.[2] He can also be heard on Allen Ginsberg's Ginsberg Sings Blake.[3]

He had three sons, Herman Wright Jr. (brass and woodwinds), Paris Wright (drums), and Dewayne Wright (piano).


As sideman[edit]

With Dorothy Ashby

With Chet Baker

With Al Grey

With Yusef Lateef

With Billy Mitchell

With Sonny Stitt

  • Pow! (Prestige, 1965 [1967])

With Doug Watkins