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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!”

Mickey Bass has Played, and Recorded with; Bennie Green, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Ramon Morris, Reuben Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey & The ‘Jazz Messengers‘, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae,Miriam Makeba, Gloria Lynne (for whom he also served as Musical Director for seventeen years) Hank Mobley, and Lee Morgan.

Teacher; ‘Bass’ “Jazz-Mobile, Inc.” 1965 to present An Organization founded by Dr. Billy Taylor, in 1965, who’s ‘Mission’ was; to bring free Concerts to the Neighborhoods’ and Communities’ of New York City…which they did .An Educational Program ensued: As Curriculum Coordinator, Mickey ‘shaped’ and ‘supervised’ the program, to; consistently elevate the level of Education, and awareness, made available to the General Public, through “Jazz-Mobile, Inc.”. Mickey’s Accredited College Curriculum, “The Diminished Whole Tone Concept” 2006 is currently being used at “Jazz-mobile”, as a ‘Model’ for other teachers to follow.

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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.
John Donohue

JAZZ IMPROV. NY Magazine, January 2007
“A seasoned and formidable Bass player, Mickey hasn’t missed a beat..

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


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

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Album Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble by Mickey Bass

Mickey Bass New York...

Early Bird Records

Album Thinking of Home by Hank Mobley

Thinking of Home

Blue Note Records

Album Time For The Timeless All Stars by Mickey Bass

Time For The Timeless...

Early Bird Records

Album The Legacy by Mickey Bass

The Legacy

Early Bird Records

Album Another Way Out by Mickey Bass

Another Way Out

Early Bird Records

Album Bobby Timmons Live At The Connecticut Jazz Party by Mickey Bass

Bobby Timmons Live At...

Early Bird Records




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