Oscar Pettiford (Bassist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Oscar Pettiford

Oscar Pettiford was an American jazz double bassist, cellist and composer. He was one of the earliest musicians to work in the bebop idiom.

Born: September 30, 1922, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States
Died: September 08, 1960, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres: Jazz, bebop, third stream
Occupation(s): Musician, composer
Instruments: Double bass, cello
Years active: 1942–1960
Labels: Debut, Bethlehem, ABC Records
Associated acts: Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Barnet, Earl Hines, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Johnny Hodges, Kenny Dorham, Woody Herman
IMDb: Oscar Pettiford’s IMDb

About Oscar Pettiford

Bebop pioneer, composer, and one of the most often recorded jazz bassist bandleaders.

Before Fame

He started playing bass at the age of fourteen because he did not like how it was being played by other people and wanted to revolutionize it.


He was also known for his use of cellos as a solo jazz instrument, due to an experiment he performed while trying to play with a broken arm.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife and three children.


He and Dizzy Gillespie led a bebop group together in 1943.

Information related to Oscar Pettiford

  • Bebop double-bassists
  • American jazz cellists
  • Native American musicians
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra members
  • 20th-century double-bassists
  • African-American jazz musicians
  • American jazz double-bassists

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