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 Chet Baker

With Georgie Auld

With Louis Bellson

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Harry Edison

With Herb Ellis and Jimmy Giuffre

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Henry Mancini

  • More Music from Peter Gunn (RCA, 1959)

With Shelly Manne

With Carmen McRae

With Jack Montrose

With Gerry Mulligan

With Oliver Nelson

With Shorty Rogers

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank