Best-known for his exceptional are a supportive bassist with Duke Ellington (1948-1955), Wendell Marshall was the cousin of Jimmy Blanton. After participating in Lincoln College or university and serving within the Military, he worked for a couple a few months with Stuff Smith. In 1948, he shifted to NY and became a member of Mercer Ellington. Shortly, he was with Duke and his seven years touring with Ellington provided him a solid popularity. Marshall freelanced after 1955 (including recordings with Mary Lou Williams, Artwork Blakey, Donald Byrd, Milt Jackson, and Hank Jones, among numerous others) and finally was working gradually in Broadway pit rings. Wendell Marshall retired from music in 1968.