Wendell Marshall

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Wendell Marshall (October 24, 1920, St. Louis, Missouri – February 6, 2002, St. Louis) was an American jazz double-bassist.

Marshall was Jimmy Blanton's cousin. He studied at Lincoln University, then served in the Army during World War II. Following his discharge, he played with Stuff Smith, then relocated to New York City, where he began playing with Mercer Ellington. From 1948 to 1955 he played with Duke Ellington.

Following his time with the Duke, Marshall played in pit orchestras on Broadway and freelanced with Mary Lou Williams, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Milt Jackson, and Hank Jones among others. He retired in 1968.


With Gene Ammons

With Dorothy Ashby

With Louis Bellson

With Art Blakey

With Kenny Burrell

With Arnett Cobb

With Eddie Costa

  • Guys and Dolls Like Vibes (Coral/Verve, 1958) with Bill Evans, Paul Motian
  • The House of Blue Lights (Dot, 1959) with Paul Motion

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Jimmy Giuffre

With Tiny Grimes

With Gigi Gryce

With Coleman Hawkins

With Johnny Hodges

With Milt Jackson

With Willis Jackson

With Illinois Jacquet

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With Hank Jones

With Herbie Mann

With Jack McDuff

With Carmen McRae

With Gerry Mulligan

With Oliver Nelson

With Joe Newman

With Betty Roché

With Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette

With A. K. Salim

With Shirley Scott

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry:

With Lucky Thompson

With Ernie Wilkins

With Larry Young