Track

Arvell Shaw

Born: September 15, 1923 | Died: December 6, 2002    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Arvell Shaw

Primarily recognized as Louis Armstrong’s bassist, Arvell Shaw must have been one of the last musicians to learn to play his instrument on the famed Mississippi riverboats. Taught trombone and tuba in high school, in his native St. Louis, he took up the double bass in 1942 while playing with the legendary Fate Marable, a bandleader who spent his life working on the paddle steamers. The omens were already good for Shaw, because Miles Davis, Clark Terry and Ernie Wilkins had also been in the high school band in St Louis. It was Terry who persuaded him to switch to bass.

Leaving Marable to join the US Navy, Shaw played in several military bands throughout the Second World War (Clark Terry was in the first of them) Louis Armstrong took the young man into his big band when he left the navy....
read more

Sorry, no recommendations at this time.

No articles available.
Post a formal announcement to the News Center. We'll publish it and syndicate it for you.
comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 4,851 Views: 4,844
Featured recording “Arvell Shaw & The Swing Legacy...”

Arvell Shaw & The Swing Legacy...
Yalloppin Ent (2000)

Weekly Giveaways

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo
About | Enter

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how