Joe Mondragon

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Joe Mondragon (February 2, 1920 – July 1987) was an American jazz bassist.

Mondragon was an autodidact on bass, and began working professionally in Los Angeles. He served in the Army during World War II, and then joined Woody Herman's First Herd in 1946. Over the next two decades, he became one of the more popular studio bassists for jazz recording on the West Coast, appearing on albums by June Christy, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco, Marty Paich, Claude Williamson, Georgie Auld, Chet Baker, Bob Cooper, Harry Sweets Edison, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank and Ella Fitzgerald. Mondragon can also be heard on soundtracks for films such as The Wild One and Pete Kelly's Blues.

Mondragon never recorded as a leader.


With Georgie Auld

With Chet Baker

With Louie Bellson

With Buddy Bregman

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Harry Edison

With Herb Ellis and Jimmy Giuffre

With Woody Herman

With Harry James

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Henry Mancini

  • More Music from Peter Gunn (RCA, 1959)

With Shelly Manne

With Warne Marsh

With Carmen McRae

With Jack Montrose

With Gerry Mulligan

With Oliver Nelson

With Art Pepper

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – Harry James And His Orchestra 1948-49". Discogs. Retrieved 20 December 2016.