Mickey Bass

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Mickey Bass
Birth nameLee Oddis Bass III
Born (1943-05-02) May 2, 1943 (age 76)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1960s–present

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."[1]

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 a National Endowment for the Arts Composers' Grant.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Sentimental Mood (Chiaroscuro, 1982)
  • The Co-operation (Early Bird, 1991)
  • Another Way Out (Early Bird, 1991)

As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey

With Curtis Fuller

With Philly Joe Jones

With Jimmy McGriff

With Hank Mobley

With Ramon Morris

  • Sweet Sister Funk (Groove Merchant, 1973)

With Lee Morgan

With Bobby Timmons

With Reuben Wilson


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts". Archived from the original on 2008-11-06.

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