Emanating from a musical hotbed in Pittsburgh; his maternal grandmother performed in minstrel shows, and taught piano; she had graduated cum laude; taught English to Italian immigrants, and taught Mickey & his cousins Barbershop Harmony. Her daughter, Mickeys' mother also sang & danced. He was born, into all of this on May 2nd 1943... Lee Oddis Bass III.
A Pittsburgh born Bassist, who became, and is, a Major force on The New York Jazz Scene for more than 40 years.
In 1966 Downbeat declared him to be “A first rate soloist!” In 1970 Downbeat said “Definitely worth listening to! His melodious ideas are something to behold... While performing with the great Jimmy McGriff Essence Magazine cited him to be The Heartbeat of The Group and while playing with Freddie Hubbard, Lee Edwards found Mickeys' Ensemble work to be Nothing short of brilliant!
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THE NEW YORKER Issue of 2006-11-13
This Harlem club is synonymous with the birth of bebop.
Throughout the nineteen-forties, the cream of the jazz scene
jammed with such upstarts as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious
Monk, and Kenny Clarke as a new music came into being.
Closed since the early seventies, the legendary night spot
reopened in the spring. Nov. 10-11: The bassist Mickey Bass,
a hard-bop veteran, brings his Manhattan Burn Unit in to
stir up new memories.
JAZZ IMPROV. NY Magazine, January 2007
“A seasoned and formidable Bass player, Mickey hasn’t missed
New York, NY
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Teacher at Jazz-Mobile, Inc. 1965 to present
Mickeys Accredited College Curriculum, The Diminished
Whole Tone Concept is currently being used at Jazz-
Mobile as a Model for other teachers to follow.
Adjunct Faculty Professor; Hartt College of Music,
Hartford, under the Chairmanship of Jackie McLean from 1982 to 1985.
Taught at The Ellington School of the Arts,
Washington D.C. from 1975 to 1978.
Although Bass is my Instrument, my teaching Methods derive from my own Original, College Accredited Jazz Improvisation Method and can be equally applied on any Instrument