Walter Bishop Jr.

Walter Bishop Jr.

born on 10/4/1927 in New York City, NY, United States

died on 24/1/1998 in New York City, NY, United States

Walter Bishop, Jr.

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Walter Bishop, Jr. (October 4, 1927 – January 24, 1998) was an American bop and hard bop jazz pianist.

He was the son of composer Walter Bishop, Sr. In high school his friends included Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Art Taylor. He began his musical career after World War II, and played and recorded with Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Kai Winding, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Terry Gibbs, Clark Terry, Blue Mitchell, and Supersax. In the early 1960s he also led his own trio with Jimmy Garrison and G. T. Hogan. He continued performing into the 1990s.

After studying at The Juilliard School with Hall Overton in the late 1960s, he taught music theory at colleges in Los Angeles in the 1970s. In 1983 he began teaching at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. He also wrote a book, A Study in Fourths, about jazz improvisation based on cycles of fourths and fifths.


As leader

  • 1961: Speak Low also released as Milestones (Black Lion Records)
  • 1962-63: The Walter Bishop Jr. Trio / 1965 (Prestige Records) also released as Summertime (Cotillion Records)
  • 1964-68: Bish Bash (Xanadu Records)
  • 1972: Coral Keys (Black Jazz Records)
  • 1973: Keeper of My Soul (Black Jazz)
  • 1974: Valley Land (Muse Records)
  • 1976: Old Folks (East Wind Records)
  • 1977: Soul Village (Muse)
  • 1978: Cubicle (Muse)
  • 1978: The Trio (with Billy Hart, George Mraz)
  • 1979: Hot House (Muse)
  • 1988: Just in Time (Pony Canyon
  • 1989: Ode to Bird
  • 1991: Midnight Blue (Red)[1]
  • 1994: What's New (DIW Records)
  • 1993: Speak Low Again (with Paul Brown, Al Harewood)[2]

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • Up Tight! (Prestige, 1961)
  • Boss Soul! (Prestige, 1961)

With Art Blakey

  • Blakey (EmArcy, 1954)
  • Art Blakey Big Band (Bethlehem, 1957)

With Curtis Fuller

  • Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone (Warwick, 1960)
  • The Magnificent Trombone of Curtis Fuller (Epic, 1961)

With Milt Jackson

  • Meet Milt Jackson (Savoy, 1949)

With Ken McIntyre

  • Looking Ahead (New Jazz, 1960)

With Blue Mitchell

  • Blue Mitchell (Mainstream, 1971)
  • Vital Blue (Mainstream, 1971)

With Charlie Rouse

  • Takin' Care of Business (Jazzland, 1960)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Broadway Soul (Colpix, 1965)

With Jackie McLean

  • Swing, Swang, Swingin' (Blue Note, 1959)
  • Capuchin Swing (Blue Note, 1961)


  1. Allmusic
  2. Allmusic

External links

  • Walter Bishop, Jr. at All Music Guide
  • MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music
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