Jimmy Woode, Bassist for Ellington and in Europe, Dies

Classic Arts News   Jimmy Woode, Bassist for Ellington and in Europe, Dies
Jimmy Woode, who played bass in the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1950s before moving to Europe, died on April 23, the New York Times reports. He was 78.

Born in Philadelphia, Woode launched his career in Boston, where he played at the Storyville and Hi Hat nightclubs with such visiting musicians as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday. In 1955, he played for the Ellington band during a two-week engagement at Storyville and ended up joining the group permanently.

After five years with Ellington, Woode moved to Europe, where he performed with such fellow expatriates as pianist Bud Powell and saxophonist Don Byas. He played with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band from 1960 through 1973.

Woode moved back to the United States in 2001.

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