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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " GEORGE DUVIVIER " WAS AN AMERICAN JAZZ DOUBLE BASS PLAYER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

       BLACK           SOCIAL           HISTORY                                                                                                                                          George Duvivier


George Duvivier (Aug 17, 1920 - Jul 11, 1985) was an American jazz double-bass player.
Duvivier was born in New York City and took up the cello and also the violin while in high school before settling on the bass. He also learned composition and scoring before going out on the road with Lucky Millinder and then with the Cab Calloway bands of the early 40's after a stint in the army. He was an excellent composer and scored many tunes for those two big bands. He was a free lance bassist for most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any extended period of time, but has played with some of jazz's greatest. He was Bud Powell's bassist in the year of 1953, during the monumental sessions for The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2, for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edge hill from 1957–59 and continued playing with Scott through the 1960's. In 1956, Duvivier played in the orchestra in the movie, The Benny Goodman Story.
During the 1970s he was a member of Soprano Summit.
One of his last performances was on Late Night with David Letterman in 1983, accompanying singer/songwriter Tom Waits.
Duvivier died of cancer in his Manhattan home.