George Duvivier

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George Duvivier
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George Duvivier at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1984
Background information
Born(1920-08-17)August 17, 1920
New York City
DiedJuly 11, 1985(1985-07-11) (aged 64)
New York City
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1940s–1980s
Associated actsSoprano Summit

George Duvivier (August 17, 1920 – July 11, 1985) [1] was an American jazz double-bassist.



A native of New York City, [1] he attended the Conservatory of Music and Art, where he studied violin. At age sixteen, he worked as assistant concertmaster for the Central Manhattan Symphony Orchestra. He began playing double bass and concentrated on composition at New York University. In the early 1940s, he accompanied Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Millinder, and Eddie Barefield. [1] After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as an arranger for Jimmie Lunceford, then as arranger and bassist for Sy Oliver. [2]

In the 1950s, he accompanied Lena Horne on her tour in Europe. [1] He recorded for commercials, television shows, and movie soundtracks. Although he spent most of his career as a sideman, he recorded as a leader in 1956 with Martial Solal for Coronet. For four years beginning in 1953, he worked steadily with Bud Powell. [1] He also worked with Count Basie, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Chico Hamilton, Hank Jones, Shelly Manne, Oliver Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, and Bob Wilber. [2]

He died of cancer in New York, aged 64. [3]


With Pepper Adams

With Manny Albam

With Joe Albany

With Gene Ammons

With Mildred Anderson

With Louis Armstrong

With Count Basie

With Louis Bellson

With George Benson, Al Harewood and Mickey Tucker

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Ruth Brown

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Ron Carter

With Sonny Clark and Max Roach

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With Sam Cooke

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Buddy DeFranco

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Forrest

With Ronnie Foster

With Aretha Franklin

With Bud Freeman

With Stan Getz

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Paul Gonsalves

With Honi Gordon

With Gigi Gryce

With Chico Hamilton

With Roland Hanna

With Wilbur Harden

With Barry Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Donna Hightower

With Johnny Hodges

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Janis Ian

With Milt Jackson

With Illinois Jacquet

With Budd Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Hank Jones

With Ben E. King

With Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

With John Lewis

With Mundell Lowe

With Johnny Lytle

With Junior Mance

With Barry Manilow

With Shelly Manne

With Don McLean

With Gil Mellé

With Wes Montgomery

With Moondog

With Gerry Mulligan

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Herbie Nichols

With Anita O'Day

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jackie Paris

With Houston Person

With Dave Pike

With Bucky Pizzarelli

With Bud Powell

With Freddie Redd

With Red Rodney

With Jimmy Rushing

With A. K. Salim

With Lalo Schifrin

With Gunther Schuller

With Shirley Scott

With Derek Smith

With Jimmy Smith

With Johnny Smith

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Buddy Tate

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Joe Thomas and Jay McShann

With Cal Tjader

With Stanley Turrentine

With Sarah Vaughan

With Warren Vaché Jr.

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Mal Waldron

With Walter Wanderley

With Julius Watkins

With Chuck Wayne

With Ben Webster

With Frank Wess

With Randy Weston

With Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern

With Joe Wilder

With Lem Winchester

With Lester Young

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  3. "George Duvivier Dies; Bassist for Top Bands". July 13, 1985. Retrieved July 26, 2021.