Jimmy Lewis (bassist)

Jimmy Lewis (April 11, 1918 – 2000) was an American double bassist who worked with the Count Basie Orchestra and sextet in the 1950s and with Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, Billie Holiday and Ivory Joe Hunter before moving to bass guitar during his time with King Curtis. He provided the basslines for the musical Hair.[1] Lewis freelanced extensively and performed on many albums by soul and jazz musicians, including Horace Silver and the Modern Jazz Quartet up until the late 1980s.[2] He died in 2000.[3]

Jimmy Lewis
Born(1918-04-11)April 11, 1918
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
New York City
GenresJazz, R&B, soul
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar
Years active1950s to 1980s
Associated actsCount Basie, Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, King Curtis, Alberta Hunter


With Count Basie

With Solomon Burke

  • If You Need Me (Atlantic, 1963)
  • I Wish I Knew (Atlantic, 1968)
  • King Solomon (Atlantic, 1968)

With Billy Butler

With Al Casey

With David Clayton-Thomas

  • David Clayton-Thomas (Columbia, 1972)

With Sam Cooke

With King Curtis

  • Have Tenor Sax Will Blow (Atco, 1959)
  • Trouble In Mind (Tru-Sound, 1962)
  • It's Party Time With King Curtis (Tru-Sound, 1962)
  • The Great King Curtis (Clarion, 1964)

With Lou Donaldson

With Byrdie Green

  • The Golden Thursh Strikes at Midnight (Prestige, 1966)
  • I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Prestige, 1967)
  • Sister Byrdie! (Prestige, 1968)

With Grant Green

With Tiny Grimes

With John P. Hammond

  • Big City Blues (Vanguard, 1964)
  • So Many Roads (Vanguard, 1965)
  • Mirrors (Vanguard, 1967)
  • I Can Tell (Atlantic, 1967)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Alberta Hunter

  • Downhearted Blues: Live at the Cookery (Rockbeat, 1981 [2011])
  • Look for the Silver Lining (Columbia, 1983)

With Willis Jackson

With Boogaloo Joe Jones

With Charles Kynard

With Johnny Lytle

With Freddie McCoy

With Galt MacDermot

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Idris Muhammad

With Mark Murphy

  • Living Room (Muse, 1986)

With Houston Person

With Sonny Phillips

With Wilson Pickett

  • In the Midnight Hour (Atlantic, 1965)

With Dave Pike

With Arthur Prysock

  • This Guy's In Love With You (Milestone, 1987)

With Otis Redding

With Horace Silver

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Buddy Terry

With Charles Williams


  1. ^ Rowe, Monk (November 16, 1995). "Hamilton College Jazz Archive: Jimmy Lewis Interview". Hamilton College (New York). Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ McClellan, L., The Later Swing Era, 1942 to 1955, Greenwood, 2004, p. 245.
  3. ^ "Requiem", Allegro, Volume C, No. 5, May 2000, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, accessed November 12, 2014.