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.