Walter Yoder

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Walter "Walt" E. Yoder (born April 21, 1914 in Hutchinson (Kansas) , † December 2 or 3, 1978 in Los Angeles ) was an American jazz musician ( double bass ) of the swing era, who was mainly through his connection with Woody Herman became known.

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Yoder first learned piano from the age of ten before switching to bass. At the beginning of his career he played with Joe Haymes , Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey , from 1934 with Isham Jones in New York. When Woody Herman founded his own formation in 1936, Yoder became the bassist in his orchestra , to which he belonged until 1942. In 1947/48 he worked again in Herman's band, in which he also acted as road manager. In the following years he worked in Los Angeles with Ben Pollack (1949) and Johnny Mercer ; In 1950, he was playing bass in the crime drama The Secret Fury of Mel Ferrer to see. In the early 1960s he was in the studio with Beverly Jenkins and Red Nichols ( Blues & Old Time Rags , 1963). In the field of jazz he was involved in 124 recording sessions between 1931 and 1963. a. also with Dick Robertson, as well as in the Herman-Band with Connie Boswell and Bing Crosby .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Billboard May 8, 1948, p. 44
  2. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed May 3, 2019)