Joe Benjamin

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Joseph Rupert Benjamin (November 4, 1919 – January 26, 1974) was an American jazz bassist.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Benjamin played with many jazz musicians in a variety of idioms. Early in his career he played in the big bands of Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson, Sy Oliver, and Duke Ellington.

Later credits include work with Roland Kirk, Hank Garland, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Louis Armstrong (in his later years), Mal Waldron, Jo Jones, Gary Burton, Sarah Vaughan, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor, and Brother Jack McDuff.

Benjamin never recorded as a leader.

Partial discography[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Kenny Burrell

With Dave Brubeck

With Harry Edison

With Duke Ellington

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Barry Harris

With Roy Haynes

With Johnny Hodges
With Budd Johnson

With Roland Kirk

With Gary McFarland

With Carmen McRae

With Gerry Mulligan

With Jerome Richardson

With Al Sears

With Joya Sherrill

With Rex Stewart

With Sonny Stitt

With Buddy Tate

With Clark Terry

With The Three Playmates

With Sarah Vaughan

With Mal Waldron

With Kai Winding


  1. ^ Savoy Records discography Retrieved 24 June 2013.