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Addison Farmer

born on 21/8/1928 in Council Bluffs, IA, United States

died on 20/2/1963 in New York City, NY, United States

Addison Farmer

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Addison Farmer (August 21, 1928 – February 20, 1963) was an American jazz bassist. He was the twin brother of Art Farmer.

Early life

Farmer was born an hour after his twin brother, on August 21, 1928, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, reportedly at 2201 Fourth Avenue.[1][2] Their parents, James Arthur Farmer and Hazel Stewart Farmer, divorced when the boys were four, and their steelworker father was killed in a work accident not long after this.[3][4] Addison moved with his grandfather, grandmother, mother, brother and sister to Phoenix, Arizona when he was still four.[5]

Farmer and his brother moved to Los Angeles in 1945, attending the music-oriented Jefferson High School, where they got music instruction and met other developing musicians such as Sonny Criss, Ernie Andrews, Big Jay McNeely, and Ed Thigpen.[6] The brothers earned money by working in a cold-storage warehouse[1] and by playing professionally.

He took bass lessons from Fred Zimmermann, and studied at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music.


By late 1945, Farmer was with Johnny Alston and His Orchestra recording for the Bihari Brothers' Modern Music label, backing Jeanne De Metz and, shortly after, on the Blue Moon label.[7] Other band members for those recording dates included Al "Cake" Wichard and King Fleming. He later recorded with Teddy Edwards's band. Farmer played in several groups with his brother, including in ensembles led by Benny Golson and Gigi Gryce. He also played with Jay McShann, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. He recorded extensively for the jazz label Prestige.

Farmer died suddenly on February 20, 1963 in New York City, at the age of 34.


As sideman

With Mose Allison

  • Local Color (Prestige, 1957)
  • Young Man Mose (Prestige, 1958)
  • Ramblin' with Mose (Prestige, 1958)
  • Creek Bank (Prestige, 1958)
  • Autumn Song (Prestige, 1959)

With Teddy Charles

  • The Prestige Jazz Quartet (Prestige, 1957)

With Art Farmer

  • When Farmer Met Gryce (Prestige, 1954-55)
  • Art Farmer Quintet featuring Gigi Gryce (Prestige, 1955)
  • Bennie Green with Art Farmer (Prestige, 1956)
  • Farmer's Market (Prestige, 1956)
  • Last Night When We Were Young (ABC-Paramount, 1957)
  • Portrait of Art Farmer (Contemporary, 1958)
  • Modern Art (United Artists, 1958)
  • The Aztec Suite (United Artists, 1959)
  • Meet the Jazztet (Argo, 1960) - with Benny Golson

With Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes

  • Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes with French Horns (Status, 1957 [1962])

With Teo Macero

  • Teo (Prestige, 1957) - with the Prestige Jazz Quartet

With Mal Waldron

  • Mal/4: Trio (New Jazz, 1958)
  • Impressions (New Jazz, 1959)

With others


  1. 1.0 1.1 Balliett, Whitney (September 23, 1985) "Profiles: Here and Abroad" The New Yorker, pp. 43–55.
  2. Ramsey, William E. & Shrier, Betty Dineen (2002) Silent Hills Speak: A History of Council Bluffs Barnhart Press. Cited in: Longden, Tom "Art Farmer"
  3. Heckman, Don & Thurber, Jon (October 07, 1999) "Art Farmer: eloquent jazz master of the trumpet and fluegelhorn" Los Angeles Times.
  4. Balliett, Whitney (2006) American Musicians II: Seventy-One Portraits in Jazz. University Press of Mississippi.
  5. "Art Farmer: NEA Jazz Master (1999)" (June 2930, 1995) Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program NEA Jazz Master interview
  6. Bryant, Clora (1998) Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles. University of California Press.
  7. Campbell, Robert L.; Pruter, Robert and Büttner, Armin "The King Fleming Discography"

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