Eugene Wright

Eugene Joseph Wright (born May 29, 1923) is an American jazz bassist who was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Eugene Wright
Wright (at left with upright bass) performing with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1967
Wright (at left with upright bass) performing with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1967
Background information
Birth nameEugene Joseph Wright
Born (1923-05-29) May 29, 1923 (age 96)
Chicago, Illinois[1]
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1943–present
Associated actsThe Dave Brubeck Quartet


Wright played with the Lonnie Simmons group and led his own band, the Dukes of Swing, but his biggest opportunity came when he was hired by Brubeck. He has worked with Monty Alexander, Gene Ammons, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Buddy DeFranco, Cal Tjader, Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt, Dottie Dodgion, Lee Shaw, and Dorothy Donegan. With the death of Brubeck on December 5, 2012, Wright became the last surviving member of the quartet.


As sidemanEdit

With Monty Alexander

  • Here Comes the Sun (MPS/BASF, 1972)
  • We've Only Just Begun (BASF 1972)
  • Perception! (MPS/BASF, 1974)

With Gene Ammons

With Dave Brubeck

With Buddy Collette

With Buddy DeFranco

  • The Artistry of Buddy DeFranco (Norgran, 1954)
  • Pretty Moods (Norgran, 1954)
  • Takes You to the Stars (GNP, 1954)
  • In a Mellow Mood (Norgran, 1956)
  • Jazz Tones (Norgran, 1956)
  • Sweet and Lovely (Verve, 1956)
  • Cooking the Blues (Verve, 1958)

With Paul Desmond

With Kenny Drew

With Sonny Stitt

With Cal Tjader

  • Tjader Plays Tjazz (Fantasy, 1956)
  • Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy, 1956)
  • The Cal Tjader Quintet Live at Club Macumba San Francisco 1956 (Acrobat Music, 2012)
  • Jazz at the Blackhawk (Fantasy 1957)
  • Cal Tjader (Fantasy, 1957)
  • Mas Ritmo Caliente (Fantasy, 1957)
  • Cal Tjader Goes Latin (Fantasy 1959)

With Gerald Wiggins

  • The King and I (Challenge, 1957)
  • The Loveliness of You (Tampa, 1958)
  • Music from Around the World in 80 Days in Modern Jazz (London American, 1958)


  1. ^ Hall, F. (1996). It's about Time: Dave Brubeck (p). University of Arkansas Press. p. 85. ISBN 9781610752107. Retrieved 2015-11-20.

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