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Wilfred Roland Middlebrooks

Wilfred Middlebrooks, the double bassist whose elegant, understated sound was heard in the band that backed jazz great Ella Fitzgerald and in the Paul Smith Trio, earned a reputation with musicians as an unflappable timekeeper, whose mastery of the instrument allowed him to be heard as well as felt, but not obtrusively. Wilfred's longevity with somebody of Ella's talent had a lot to do with his impeccable intonation, sensitivity and just sympathetic nature.

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