Buddy Banks (bassist)

Alvin "Buddy" Banks (January 15, 1927 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-born American jazz double-bassist.

Buddy Banks
Birth nameAlvin Banks
Born(1927-01-15)January 15, 1927
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 7, 2005 (aged 78)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Early lifeEdit

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Banks grew up in the United States and became interested in music during high school. He began as a pianist before switching to saxophone. During World War II, Banks joined the United States Army Band as a bass player.[1]


Banks made his first appearance on record was in Vienna with Thurmond Young; this group also played live at the Colored Club. He played in Paris with Gerry Wiggins in 1950, and then with Bill Coleman in Berne, Switzerland, Belgium, and Le Havre, France. After problems with his passport in Switzerland, he left for Paris in 1953, where he recorded often with expatriate American jazz musicians as well as local performers. These include Hazel Scott, Buck Clayton,[2] Lionel Hampton, Mezz Mezzrow, Don Byas, Albert Nicholas, and André Persiany. He toured with Michel Attenoux and with Sidney Bechet through Western and Central Europe in 1954.


  1. ^ "Cancer claims prominent jazz musician Banks at 78 – Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  2. ^ Clayton, Buck; Elliott, Nancy M. (1995-11-27). Buck Clayton's Jazz World. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-871478-55-6.
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