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Everett Barksdale

born on 28/4/1910 in Detroit, MI, United States

died on 29/1/1986 in Inglewood, CA, United States

Everett Barksdale

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Everett Barksdale (April 28, 1910, Detroit, Michigan – January 29, 1986, Inglewood, California) was an American jazz guitarist and session musician.

He played bass and banjo before settling on guitar. In the 1930s Barksdale moved to Chicago, where he was in Erskine Tate's band. He recorded for the first time with violinist Eddie South in 1931, and he remained with South until 1939. He moved to New York City and became a member of the Benny Carter big band. Around the same time, he recorded with Sidney Bechet. During the 1940s, he worked for CBS as a session musician.[1]

As a sideman, Barksdale played guitar in many genres. He worked with vocalists Dean Barlow, Maxine Sullivan, the Blenders, and the Clovers. He played on the hit "Love Is Strange" by Mickey & Sylvia and was music director for the Ink Spots.[1]

Beginning in 1949, he worked with pianist Art Tatum until Tatum died in 1956. During the 1950s and '60s, he was a member of the house band at ABC.[1]

He played on recordings by Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan. Among his other jazz associations are Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, and Louis Armstrong.

Barksdale retired from active performance in the 1970s and moved to California. He died there in 1986.


As sideman

With Chet Baker

  • Baker's Holiday (Limelight, 1965)

With Johnny Hodges

  • Don't Sleep in the Subway (Verve, 1967)

With Budd Johnson

  • French Cookin' (Argo, 1963)

With J. J. Johnson

  • Broadway Express (RCA Victor, 1965)

With Herbie Mann and Tamiko Jones

  • A Mann & A Woman (Atlantic, 1966)

With Jimmy McGriff

  • Groove Grease (Groove Merchant, 1971)

With Rex Stewart

  • Rendezvous with Rex (Felsted, 1958)

With Buddy Tate

  • Swinging Like Tate (Felsted, 1958)

With Harold Vick

  • The Caribbean Suite (RCA Victor, 1966)
  • Straight Up (RCA Victor, 1967)

With Dicky Wells

  • Bones for the King (Felsted, 1958)
  • Trombone Four-in-Hand (Felsted, 1959)

With Kai Winding

  • The In Instrumentals (Verve, 1965)

With others

  • Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong and the Angels/Louis and the Good Book (Universal, 1957–58)
  • Sidney Bechet: 1941–1944 (Classics)
  • Billy Butler: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige, 1970)
  • Benny Carter: 1940–1941 (Classics)
  • Edmond Hall: 1944–1945 (Classics)
  • Billie Holiday: The Complete Original Decca Recordings (GRP, 1944–1950)
  • Jimmy Rushing and the Buck Clayton All–Stars: Jimmy Rushing and the Smith Girls (Columbia/Fresh Sound, 1960)
  • Maxine Sullivan: 1941–1946 (Classics)
  • Art Tatum: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum (Capitol, 1949–52)
  • Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill: Spanish Rice (Impulse!, 1966)
  • Jimmy McGriff: Cherry (Solid State, 1966)
  • Eddie South: 1923–1937 (Classics)

Pop songs played on

  • Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters, 1964
  • Saturday Night at the Movies, The Drifters, 1964


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6. 
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