Wilbur Bascomb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Wilbur Bascomb
Birth nameWilbur D. Bascomb Jr.
BornWashington Heights, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz funk, soul jazz, blues, crossover
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1970s–1990s

Wilbur D. Bascomb Jr. 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(1974),[2] 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 Frank Owens, Galt McDermot, Roy Ayers, George Benson, Hank Crawford, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Bernard Purdie, Mick Taylor, and Players Association.[3]


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
  • Night Beat (Milestone, 1989)
  • Groove Master (Milestone, 1990)
  • 1993 South Central
  • After Dark (Milestone, 1998)

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Bo Diddley

With Lou Donaldson

With Bunky Green

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 Jimmy McGriff

With Blue Mitchell

With Idris Muhammad

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Frank Owens

  • Brown'n Serve (1973)

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 Reuben Wilson

  • Got To Get Your Own (1975)
  • Movin' On (Savant, 2006)

With others


  1. ^ The Trumpet Kings, Scott Yanow.
  2. ^ Wilbur Bascomb Retrieved 19 February 2021
  3. ^ Madora, Ryan (28 January 2016). "Bass Players to Know: Wilbur Bascomb, Jr". No Treble. Retrieved 8 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]