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Joseph "Joe" Shulman (September 12, 1923 – August 2, 1957) was an American jazz bassist.

Joe Shulman
(Portrait of Micky Folus, Joe Shulman, Claude Thornhill, Billy Exiner, and Barry Galbraith, Columbia Pictures studio, the making of Beautiful Doll, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947) (LOC) (5148195205).jpg
Shulman with Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra, 1947
Background information
Born(1923-09-12)September 12, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 2, 1957(1957-08-02) (aged 33)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresSwing, jazz
Associated actsScat Davis

Shulman's first professional experience was with Scat Davis in 1940, which he followed with a stint alongside Les Brown in 1942. He joined the military in 1943, and recorded with Django Reinhardt while a member of Glenn Miller's wartime band. Upon his return he played with Buddy Rich and Claude Thornhill; later he played with Miles Davis on the Birth of the Cool sessions. He worked with Peggy Lee from 1948 to 1950 and with Lester Young in 1950; he also did a recording session with Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington that year.[1]

Shulman married Barbara Carroll in 1954, and the two toured together until Shulman's death from a heart attack in 1957.[2]


  1. ^ Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (1999). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. p. 601. ISBN 978-0195074185.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (February 13, 2017). "Barbara Carroll, Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 92". Playbill. ISSN 0551-0678.

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