Jack Lesberg

born on 14/2/1920 in Boston, MA, United States

died on 17/9/2005 in Englewood, NJ, United States

Jack Lesberg

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Jack Lesberg

Jack Lesberg (February 14, 1920 September 17, 2005) was a jazz double-bassist.

He performed with many famous jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Jack Teagarden, Sarah Vaughan and Benny Goodman, with whom he went on several international tours.

Lesberg had the misfortune of playing in the Cocoanut Grove on the night in 1942 when 492 people lost their lives in a fire. His escape was memorialized by fellow bassist Charles Mingus in an unpublished section of Mingus's autobiography "Beneath the Underdog"; this passage was read by rapper Chuck D. on the Mingus tribute album Weird Nightmare. According to Mingus's telling, Lesberg used his double bass to "make a door" inside the club which aided in his escape.

Lesberg continued to tour in the 1980s and was interviewed for KCEA radio in 1984 following a performance in Menlo Park, California. During the taped interview Jack spoke of the many bands and performers he worked with and expressed his feelings that he felt blessed to be a musician.


As co-leader
  • We've Got Rhythm/Live at Hanratty's (Chaz Jazz, 1981)
  • No Amps Allowed (Chiaroscuro)
As sideman
  • Dixieland Jazz (Waldorf, 1957)
  • Tribute to Louis Armstrong (Jugoton, 1985)
  • Tribute to Louis Armstrong Vol. 2 (Jugoton, 1989)
  • The Music of Lil Hardin Armstrong (Chiaroscuro, 1988)


  • Barry Kernfeld. "Jack Lesberg", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed January 15 2014), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
  • Jack Lesberg at Discogs
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