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George Duvivier (August 17, 1920 – July 11, 1985) was an American jazz double-bass player.

George Duvivier, Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, Washington Square Park, New York, summer 1984. Playing w/Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Cecil Payne and others.

Duvivier was born in New York City and took up the cello and also the violin while in high school before settling on the bass. He also learned composition and scoring before going out on the road with Lucky Millinder and then with the Cab Calloway bands of the early 1940s after a stint in the army. He was an excellent composer and scored many tunes for those two big bands. He was a freelance bassist for most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any extended period of time, but played with some of jazz's greatest. He was Bud Powell's bassist in 1953, during the sessions for The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2, for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill from 1957 to 1959 and continued playing with Scott through the 1960s. In 1956, Duvivier played in the orchestra in the movie The Benny Goodman Story.

During the 1970s he was a member of Soprano Summit.

One of his last performances was on Late Night with David Letterman in 1983, accompanying singer-songwriter Tom Waits.

Duvivier died of cancer in his Manhattan home. He never recorded as a session leader.


With Pepper Adams

With Manny Albam

With Joe Albany

With Gene Ammons

With Mildred Anderson

With George Benson, Al Harewood and Mickey Tucker

  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 1 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 2 (Accord, 1973)
  • Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon, Volume 3 (Accord, 1973)

With Count Basie

With Louis Bellson

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Ruth Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Ron Carter

With Sonny Clark and Max Roach

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Anita O'Day

With Buddy DeFranco

  • Like Someone in Love (1977)

With Eric Dolphy

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Forrest

With Ronnie Foster

With Stan Getz

With Paul Gonsalves

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Honi Gordon

With Gigi Gryce

With Chico Hamilton

With Wilbur Harden

  • The King and I (1958)

With Barry Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Donna Hightower

  • Take One (Capitol, 1959)

With Johnny Hodges

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Janis Ian

  • Janis Ian (Verve, 1967) – upright bass on "Society's Child"

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Spectrum (Argo, 1965)
  • Illinois Jacquet Quartet Live at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 18, 1978

With Milt Jackson

With Budd Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Hank Jones

With Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

  • The Newest Sound Around (1962)

With John Lewis

With Mundell Lowe

With Johnny Lytle

With Junior Mance

With Barry Manilow

With Shelly Manne

With Gil Mellé

With Moondog

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Herbie Nichols

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jackie Paris

With Houston Person

With Dave Pike

With Bucky Pizzarelli

  • Songs for New Lovers (1978)

With Bud Powell

With Red Rodney

With A. K. Salim

With Lalo Schifrin

With Gunther Schuller

With Shirley Scott

With Derek Smith

  • Love for Sale (Progressive, 1978)

With Jimmy Smith

With Johnny Smith

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Buddy Tate

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Cal Tjader

With Stanley Turrentine

With Sarah Vaughan

With Mal Waldron

With Walter Wanderley

With Julius Watkins

With Chuck Wayne

  • Tasty Pudding (1954)

With Ben Webster and Harry "Sweets" Edison

With Frank Wess

With Randy Weston

With Lester Young

With Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern

With Gerry Mulligan


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