|Birth name||Lee Oddis Bass III|
May 2, 1943|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Mickey Bass (born May 2, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American bassist, composer, arranger, and music educator. He was born Lee Odiss Bass III. He has played with Chico Freeman, John Hicks, and Kiane Zawadi.
Mickey Bass is a Pittsburgh bassist who has worked with hard bop bandleaders and combos since the '60s; he has not recorded often as a leader. His maternal grandmother who performed in minstrel shows taught him and his cousins Barbershop music. He has played and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Bennie Green, and Charles Mingus. The New York Times declared: "When Mickey Bass and the Co-operation get in the right groove...it is doubtful if there is another jazz group in town that swings as hard as this one."
He has taught students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Hartt College of Music from 1975 to 1985. His students at Ellington included Wallace Roney, Gregory Charles Royal, Clarence Seay, and drummer Eric Allen. In 1980, he was given an National Endowment for the Arts Composers' Grant.
- Sentimental Mood (Chiaroscuro, 1982)
- The Co-operation (Early Bird, 1991)
- Another Way Out (Early Bird, 1991)
With Hank Mobley
- Thinking of Home (1970, Blue Note)
With Art Blakey
With Curtis Fuller
- Smokin' (Mainstream, 1972)
With Jimmy McGriff
- Friday The 13th Cook County Jail (1972, Groove Merchant)
With Ramon Morris
- Sweet Sister Funk (1973, Groove Merchant)
With Lee Morgan
- The Sixth Sense (1969)
With Bobby Timmons
With Reuben Wilson
- The Sweet Life (1974, Groove Merchant)
- Wilson, John S. (September 13, 1979). "Jazz: Mickey Bass Sextet; 'Buried Child's to Close Sept.29 at the Circle Rep". The New York Times.
- "National Endowment for the Arts".