Wilbur Bascomb

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Wilbur Bascomb
Birth name Wilbur Lawton Bascomb Jr.
Born (1934-01-24) January 24, 1934 (age 84)[citation needed]
Washington Heights, New York, U.S.
Genres Funk, rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1970s–1990s

Wilbur Lawton Bascomb Jr. (born January 24, 1934) is an American bass guitarist. He is the son of jazz trumpeter Wilbur "Dud" Bascomb, who played with Erskine Hawkins and Duke Ellington.[1]

In the 1970s, Bascomb worked with James Brown, then recorded on the album Wired (1976) by Jeff Beck. During the next year, he released the solo album Wilbur Bascomb and Future Dreams. He has worked with George Benson, Hank Crawford, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Bernard Purdie, Mick Taylor, and Players Association.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 1977 Wilbur Bascomb and Future Dreams

As sideman[edit]

With George Benson

With Rusty Bryant

With Hank Crawford

  • 1983 Indigo Blue
  • 1984 Down on the Deuce
  • 1985 Roadhouse Symphony
  • 1986 Mr. Chips
  • 1987 After Dark
  • 1989 Night Beat
  • 1990 Groove Master
  • 1993 South Central

With Lou Donaldson

With Rupert Holmes

  • 1974 Widescreen
  • 1978 Pursuit of Happiness

With Etta Jones

With Galt MacDermot

  • 1998 El Nino
  • 2000 Spotted Owl
  • 2003 Up from the Basement

With Blue Mitchell

With Idris Muhammad

With David "Fathead" Newman

  • 1977 Keep the Dream Alive
  • 1979 Scratch My Back
  • 1991 Back to Basics

With Houston Person

With Bernard Purdie

  • 2001 King of the Beat
  • 2003 Lialeh

With Big Mama Thornton

  • 1975 Sassy Mama!
  • 1978 Mama's Pride

With others


  1. ^ The Trumpet Kings, Scott Yanow.
  2. ^ Madora, Ryan (28 January 2016). "Bass Players to Know: Wilbur Bascomb, Jr". No Treble. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wilbur Bascomb, Jr. | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 

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