Peter Badie

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Peter "Chuck" Badie (May 17, 1925 – April 15, 2023) was an American jazz bass player.

Life and career[edit]

Badie on string bass with a jazz band in the French Quarter in 2005

Badie was born in New Orleans on May 17, 1925.[1] His father was a prominent jazz saxophone player who played with the "Eureka" and the "Original Olympia" brass bands.[2] He left the Navy in 1945, and then used the G.I. Bill to enrol at the Grunewald School of Music.[2] From around 1950 he played with singer Roy Brown for two years.[1] He then "worked with the singer Paul Gayten and Dave Bartholomew, then from 1954 to 1956 was a member of Lionel Hampton's orchestra."[1]

Badie played double bass on some famous New Orleans rhythm-and-blues recordings.[1] He worked with Hank Crawford, Edward Frank, June Gardner, Dizzy Gillespie, and Zoot Sims, but had to stop playing in the 1970s because of stomach problems.[1] He returned to frequent playing in the 1990s, as part of Dr. John's band.[1]

Badie was honored at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in February 2020 for 72 years in the music business.[3]

Badie died on April 15, 2023, at the age of 97.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Badie was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Peter Claver.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wilmer, Val (2003). "Badie, Peter [Chuck]". Badie, Peter(, Jr.). Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J513400. ISBN 978-1-56159-263-0.
  2. ^ a b Hull, Anne (2006-01-30). "After Katrina the Jazzman Plays On". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  3. ^ Bassist Peter “Chuck” Badie & His 72 Years In Music To Be Honored
  4. ^ "Peter Badie (1925–2023)". Forever Missed. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  5. ^ "We're saddened by the loss of Peter "Chuck" Badie, a first-rate bassist from New Orleans who played with just about everybody, and made them all sound better. Born uptown in Mahalia Jackson's neighborhood in 1925, he passed away this weekend". A Closer Walk: Interactive New Orleans Music History Map on Facebook. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  6. ^ Kraft, Chris (2007-09-25). "Living Legends of Jazz". Garden & Gun. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  7. ^ "Peter Badie Obituary (1925 - 2023) - New Orleans, LA - The Times-Picayune". Retrieved 2023-12-12.