Wilbur Little

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Wilbur Little
BornMarch 5, 1928
OriginParmele, North Carolina, United States
DiedMay 4, 1987
InstrumentsDouble bass, piano
Associated actsTommy Flanagan, "Sir" Charles Thompson, J. J. Johnson, Archie Shepp

Wilbur Little (1928 in Parmele, North Carolina – 1987 in Amsterdam) was an American jazz bassist known for Hard bop and Post-bop.

Little originally played piano, but switched to bass after serving in the military. In 1949 he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked with "Sir" Charles Thompson among others. After that he was in J. J. Johnson's quintet from 1955 to 1958 and was also the bassist for the Tommy Flanagan Trio. He moved to the Netherlands in 1977 and lived there for the rest of his life.


As sideman[edit]

With Tommy Flanagan

With Buck Hill

With Freddie Hubbard

With Elvin Jones

With J. J. Johnson

With Duke Jordan

With Lee Konitz

With Junior Mance

With Horace Parlan

With Archie Shepp

With Randy Weston

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