Leroy Vinnegar

Leroy Vinnegar

born on 13/7/1928 in Indianapolis, IN, United States

died on 3/8/1999 in Portland, OR, United States

Leroy Vinnegar

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Leroy Vinnegar (July 13, 1928 – August 3, 1999) 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.[1]

Music career

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.[1]

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. Vinnegar also performed at the famous Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California, and Diggers in East Los Angeles in the late 1950s with drummer/pianist Don Joham along with other musicians. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1986. In 1995, the Oregon State Legislature honored him by proclaiming May 1 Leroy Vinnegar Day.

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


As leader

  • Leroy Walks! (Contemporary, 1958)
  • Leroy Walks Again!! (Contemporary, 1963)
  • Jazz's Great "Walker" (Vee Jay, 1964)
  • Glass of Water (Legend, 1973)
  • The Kid (PBR, 1974; Q-Tape, 2005)
  • Walkin' the Basses (Contemporary, 1992)

As sideman

With Pepper Adams

  • Pepper Adams Quintet (Mode, 1956)

With Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton

  • Hamp and Getz (Norgran, 1955)

With Chet Baker

  • Quartet: Russ Freeman/Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz, 1956)

With Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan

  • Who Drank My Beer? (Kicking Mule, 1983)
  • Bloodshot Eyes (Flying Fish, 1986)

With Conte Candoli

  • West Coast Wailers (Atlantic, 1955) with Lou Levy
  • Little Band Big Jazz (Crown, 1960)

With Benny Carter

  • Jazz Giant (Contemporary, 1958)
  • Swingin' the '20s (Contemporary, 1958)

With Joe Castro

  • Live at Falcon's Lair! (Pablo, 1956)
  • Groove Funk Soul (Atlantic, 1959)
  • At Falcon's Lair with Joe Castro (1959)

With Serge Chaloff

With Dolo Coker

  • Dolo! (Xanadu, 1976)
  • California Hard (Xanadu, 1977)
  • Third Down (Xanadu, 1977)
  • Xanadu in Africa (Xanadu, 1980) with Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell and Frank Butler
  • Night Flight to Dakar (Xanadu, 1980) with Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell and Frank Butler

With Buddy Collette

  • Nice Day with Buddy Collette (Contemporary, 1957)

With Sonny Criss

  • Saturday Morning (Xanadu, 1975)

With The Doors

  • Waiting for the Sun (Elektra, 1968)

With Barbara Dane & Earl Hines

  • Livin' with the Blues (Dot, 1959)

With Kenny Dorham

  • Inta Somethin' (Pacific Jazz, 1961)

With Kenny Drew

  • Talkin' & Walkin' (Jazz: West, 1955)
  • Home Is Where the Soul Is (Xanadu, 1978)
  • For Sure! (Xanadu, 1978)

With Teddy Edwards

  • Teddy Edwards at Falcon's Lair (MetroJazz, 1958)
  • It's About Time (Pacific Jazz, 1959)
  • Sunset Eyes (Pacific Jazz, 1960)
  • Teddy's Ready! (Contemporary, 1960)
  • Good Gravy! (Contemporary, 1961)
  • Heart & Soul (Contemporary, 1962)
  • Young at Heart (Storyvill, 1979) with Howard McGhee
  • Wise in Time (Storyville, 1979) with Howard McGhee
  • Mississippi Lad (Verve/Gitanes, 1991)

With Victor Feldman

  • Vic Feldman on Vibes (Mode, 1957)

With Red Garland

  • Keystones! (Xanadu, 1977)

With Stan Getz

  • West Coast Jazz (Norgran, 1955)
  • Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds (Verve, 1953–55, [1957])
  • The Steamer (Verve, 1956)

With Eddie Harris and Les McCann

  • Swiss Movement (Atlantic, 1969)

With Hampton Hawes

  • The Sermon (Contemporary, 1958 [1987])
  • Something Special (Contemporary, 1976 [1994])

With Elmo Hope

  • The Elmo Hope Quintet featuring Harold Land (Pacific Jazz, 1957)

With The Jazz Crusaders

  • Live at the Lighthouse '66 (Pacific Jazz, 1966)
  • Talk That Talk (Pacific Jazz, 1966)

With Fred Katz

  • Fred Katz and his Jammers (Decca, 1959)

With Barney Kessel

  • Let's Cook! (Contemporary, 1957 [1962])

With Eric Kloss

  • First Class Kloss! (Prestige, 1967)

With Harold Land

  • Harold in the Land of Jazz (Contemporary, 1958)

With Gordon Lee

  • On the Shoulders of Giants (Unity Label Group, 1994)

With Shelly Manne

  • Concerto for Clarinet & Combo (Contemporary, 1955 [1957])
  • Swinging Sounds (Contemporary, 1956)
  • More Swinging Sounds (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Shelly Manne & His Friends (Contemporary, 1956)
  • My Fair Lady (Contemporary, 1956)

With Les McCann

  • Les McCann Ltd. Plays the Truth (Pacific Jazz, 1960)
  • Les McCann Ltd. Plays the Shout (Pacific Jazz, 1960)
  • From the Top of the Barrel (Pacific Jazz, 1960 [1967])
  • On Time (Pacific Jazz, 1962)
  • Les McCann Plays the Hits (Limelight, 1966)
  • Bucket O' Grease (Limelight, 1967)
  • Much Les (Atlantic, 1968)
  • Fish This Week (United Artists, 1973)

With Howard McGhee

  • Maggie's Back in Town!! (Contemporary, 1961)
  • Young at Heart (Storyville, 1979) with Teddy Edwards
  • Wise in Time (Storyville, 1979) with Teddy Edwards

With Van Morrison

With Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster

  • Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster (Verve, 1959)

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

  • The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr. (Contemporary, 1963)
  • The Newborn Touch (Contemporary, 1964)

With Art Pepper

  • The Return of Art Pepper (Jazz: West, 1956)

With Randy Porter

  • Modern Reflections

With Sonny Rollins

  • Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders (Contemporary, 1958)

With Shorty Rogers

  • Martians Come Back! (Atlantic, 1955)
  • Way Up There (Atlantic, 1955 [1957])

With Jimmy Smith

With Sonny Stitt

  • Sonny Stitt Blows the Blues (Verve, 1959)
  • Saxophone Supremacy (Verve, 1959)
  • Sonny Stitt Swings the Most (Verve, 1959)

With Cedar Walton

With Jessica Williams

  • Encounters (Jazz Focus, 1994)
  • Encounters II (Jazz Focus, 1997)

With Don Wilkerson

  • The Texas Twister (Riverside, 1960)

With Gerald Wilson

  • Portraits (Pacific Jazz, 1964)

With Jack Wilson

  • The Two Sides of Jack Wilson (Atlantic, 1964)


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