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Whitey Mitchell

The brother of bassist Crimson Mitchell, Whitey Mitchell under no circumstances achieved the fame of his sibling but he was also a fantastic player. He performed clarinet and tuba like a youngsters before buying the bass. Whitey used the Elinor Sherry Quartet and Shep Areas Orchestra (1951-52) before offering in the Military. Beginning in 1954, Whitey freelanced in NY, playing in countless circumstances. Among his even more important associations had been Gene Krupa (1955), Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding, Pete Rugolo, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann, Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford’s big music group (1956-57), Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny Richards, Peter Appleyard, Benny Goodman (1963-64) and Andre Previn. Whitey, who generally dropped away from full-time playing after 1965 and became a tv manufacturer, led an record for ABC-Paramount in 1956 and co-led a collection for Metrojazz (as “the Mitchells”) with Crimson and Blue Mitchell in 1958.

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