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Birth name  Lee Oddis Bass III
Name  Mickey Bass
Instruments  Bassist, Saxophone
Role  Music performer

Years active  1960s-present
Genres  Hard bop
Website  Rainbow Jazz
Music group  The Jazz Messengers
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Born  May 2, 1943 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (1943-05-02)
Occupation(s)  Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Educator
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The Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble

Mickey Bass (born May 2, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American bassist, composer, arranger, and music educator. He was born Lee Odiss Bass III. He has played with Chico Freeman, John Hicks, and Kiane Zawadi.


Mickey Bass is a Pittsburgh bassist who has worked with hard bop bandleaders and combos since the '60s; he has not recorded often as a leader. His maternal grandmother who performed in minstrel shows taught him and his cousins Barbershop music. He has played and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Bennie Green, and Charles Mingus. The New York Times declared: "When Mickey Bass and the Co-operation get in the right is doubtful if there is another jazz group in town that swings as hard as this one."

He has taught students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Hartt College of Music from 1975 to 1985. His students at Ellington included Wallace Roney, Gregory Charles Royal, Clarence Seay, and drummer Eric Allen. In 1980, he was given a National Endowment for the Arts Composers' Grant.

As leader

  • Sentimental Mood (Chiaroscuro, 1982)
  • The Co-operation (Early Bird, 1991)
  • Another Way Out (Early Bird, 1991)
  • As sideman

    With Hank Mobley

  • Thinking of Home (1970, Blue Note)
  • With Art Blakey

  • Child's Dance (Prestige, 1972)
  • Buhaina (Prestige, 1973)
  • Anthenagin (Prestige, 1973)
  • With Curtis Fuller

  • Smokin' (Mainstream, 1972)
  • With Jimmy McGriff

  • Friday The 13th Cook County Jail (1972, Groove Merchant)
  • With Ramon Morris

  • Sweet Sister Funk (1973, Groove Merchant)
  • With Lee Morgan

  • The Sixth Sense (1969)
  • With Bobby Timmons

  • Soul Food
  • Chicken & Dumplin's
  • With Reuben Wilson

  • The Sweet Life (1974, Groove Merchant)
  • References

    Mickey Bass Wikipedia