Monte Rex "Monty" Budwig (December 26, 1926 – March 9, 1992) was a West Coast jazz double bassist.

Monty Budwig
Birth nameMonte Rex Budwig
Born(1926-12-26)December 26, 1926
Pender, Nebraska, United States
DiedMarch 9, 1992(1992-03-09) (aged 65)
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California
InstrumentsDouble bass

Early lifeEdit

Budwig was born in Pender, Nebraska, on December 26, 1926.[1] The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz gives his full name as Monte Rex Budwig.[2] His parents were musical.[3] He began playing bass during high school, and continued in military bands while he was enlisted in the Air Force for three years.[1]

Later life and careerEdit

In 1954 Budwig moved to Los Angeles and went on to record and perform with many jazz musicians, including Carmen McRae, Barney Kessel, Woody Herman, Red Norvo, and Shelly Manne.[1] Budwig played with pianist Vince Guaraldi in the 1960s,[4] including on the album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus.[5] Budwig was part of Benny Goodman's band for performances in New York, and a tour of Japan in 1964.[2] He also began his career as a studio musician in the 1960s, which encompassed film and television shows, with Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, and Judy Garland.[2]

Budwig toured Australia with Goodman in 1973.[2] He made another international tour in 1974, this time to South America with Carmen McRae.[2] His one recording as a leader was Dig, for Concord Records.[1] He died at home in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, on March 9, 1992.[1][3] He was married to Arlette, and had a son, Darin.[3]


As leaderEdit

  • Dig (Dobre Records DR1057, 1978)

As sidemanEdit

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Gary Burton

With Frank Butler

With Conte Candoli

With Betty Carter

With June Christy

With Rosemary Clooney

With Sonny Criss

With Herb Ellis

With Bill Evans

With Stan Getz

With Vince Guaraldi

With Stan Kenton

With Barney Kessel

With Jimmy Knepper

With Junior Mance

With Shelly Manne

With Charles McPherson

With Art Pepper

With Shorty Rogers

With Bola Sete

With Bud Shank

With Zoot Sims

With Ira Sullivan

With Cal Tjader

With Sarah Vaughan


  1. ^ a b c d e Yanow, Scott. "Monty Budwig". AllMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (1999). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. pp. 92–93.
  3. ^ a b c "Monty Budwig, 62; Veteran L.A. Jazz Bass Player". Los Angeles Times. March 11, 1992.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 614. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Ginnell, Richard S. "Vince Guaraldi / Vince Guaraldi Trio: Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus". AllMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.