Bill Pemberton

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William McLane "Bill" Pemberton (born March 5, 1918 in New York City , † December 13, 1984 there ) was an American jazz bassist.

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Pemberton began playing the violin as a child before switching to the double bass at the age of 18. In the 1940s he worked in the bands of Frankie Newton (1941-1945), Herman Chittison (1945-1947), Mercer Ellington , Eddie Barefield , Barbara Carroll , Eddie South , Lucky Millinder and Billy Kyle . In the 1950s he worked mostly as a freelance musician, worked with swing musicians such as Art Tatum (1956) and belonged to the Fletcher Henderson Reunion Band in 1957/58 , although he had never played with Henderson himself. In the following years he worked with Buck Clayton , Sammy Price , Budd Johnson , Claude Hopkins and from 1966 to 1969 with Budd Johnson and Oliver Jackson in the Quartet of Earl Hines . As a session musician, he also accompanied Johnny Mathis (1956), Beverly Kenney , Lee Wiley and Jimmy Witherspoon .

With Johnson, Jackson and Dill Jones he formed the cooperatively led JPJ Quartet , which existed from 1969 to 1975, performed at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival and recorded several albums. As a session musician in the context of mainstream jazz , he also played with Ruby Braff , Max Kaminsky , Vic Dickenson ; From 1979 to 1983 he was a member of the Savoy Sultans of Panama Francis . He also played with Doc Cheatham in the 1980s .

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