Leroy Vinnegar

Double bass, Composer

1928 – 1999

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Who was Leroy Vinnegar?

Leroy Vinnegar was an American jazz bassist.

Born in Indianapolis, the self-taught Vinnegar established his reputation in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. His trademark was the rhythmic "walking" bass line, a steady series of ascending or descending notes, and it brought him the nickname "The Walker". Besides his jazz work, he also appeared on a number of soundtracks and pop albums, notably Van Morrison's 1972 album, Saint Dominic's Preview.

He recorded extensively as both a leader and sideman. He came to public attention in the 1950s as a result of recording with Lee Konitz, André Previn, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Joe Castro and Serge Chaloff. He played bass on Previn and Manne's My Fair Lady album, one of the most successful jazz records ever produced. He also performed on another of jazz's biggest hit albums, Eddie Harris and Les McCann's Swiss Movement, released in 1969.

He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1986. In 1995, the Oregon State Legislature honored him by proclaiming May 1 Leroy Vinnegar Day.

Vinnegar died from a heart attack, at the age of 71, on August 3, 1999, in a hospital in Portland.

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Born
Jul 13, 1928
Indianapolis
Also known as
  • Vinnegar, Leroy
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Portland
  • Indianapolis
Died
Aug 3, 1999
Portland

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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