A report on Chico Hamilton and Buddy Collette

Chico Hamilton appearing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, August 26, 2007
Buddy Collette in 1985

Hamilton started his career in a band with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso before he had finished high school.

- Chico Hamilton

In 1955, Buddy Collette became a founding member of the unusually instrumented chamber jazz quintet, led by percussionist Chico Hamilton.

- Buddy Collette
Chico Hamilton appearing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, August 26, 2007

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Eric Dolphy

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American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist.

American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist.

Following his discharge in 1953, he returned to L.A., where he worked with many musicians, including Buddy Collette, Eddie Beal, and Gerald Wilson, to whom he later dedicated the tune "G.W.", recorded on Outward Bound.

Dolphy gained his big break when he was invited to join Chico Hamilton's quintet in 1958.

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976
Photo by Tom Marcello

Charles Mingus

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American jazz upright bassist, pianist, composer, bandleader, and author.

American jazz upright bassist, pianist, composer, bandleader, and author.

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976
Photo by Tom Marcello
Mingus in 1976 playing the double bass

In Beneath the Underdog, Mingus states that he did not actually start learning bass until Buddy Collette accepted him into his swing band under the stipulation that he be the band's bass player.

He toured with Louis Armstrong in 1943, and by early 1945 was recording in Los Angeles in a band led by Russell Jacquet, which also included Teddy Edwards, Maurice Simon, Bill Davis, and Chico Hamilton, and in May that year, in Hollywood, again with Teddy Edwards, in a band led by Howard McGhee.

The Three Faces of Chico

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The Three Faces of Chico is an album by drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton, recorded in 1959 and released on the Warner Bros. label.

Buddy Collette - tenor saxophone (tracks 2, 5, 6 & 9)

Jackie Kelso

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American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist.

American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist.

At fifteen, Jefferson High School classmate Chico Hamilton urged him to take up the alto saxophone, and he made his professional debut with Jerome Myart that same year.

By the time he graduated from Jefferson, he was playing with Hamilton, Buddy Collette, and Charles Mingus at clubs on Central Avenue.

The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet

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The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet is a live album by drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton's Quintet featuring multi-instrumentalist Buddy Collette recorded in 1955 but not released on the World Pacific label until 1960.

Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring Buddy Collette

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Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring Buddy Collette (rereleased as Spectacular!) is an album by drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton's Quintet featuring multi-instrumentalist Buddy Collette, released on the Pacific Jazz label.

Ellington Suite

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Ellington Suite is an album by drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton's Quintet featuring multi-instrumentalist Buddy Collette released on the World Pacific label.

Jim Aton

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American jazz bassist, pianist, vocalist and composer.

American jazz bassist, pianist, vocalist and composer.

Aton became acquainted with saxophonist Buddy Collette at this period and was subsequently offered the job as the original bassist in the piano-less quintet that Collette co-led with drummer Chico Hamilton, joining guitarist Jim Hall and cellist Fred Katz.

Chico Hamilton Quintet in Hi Fi

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Chico Hamilton Quintet in Hi Fi is an album by drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton, released on the Pacific Jazz label.

Buddy Collette - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet (tracks 1-9 & 11)

Tanganyika (album)

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Tanganyika (subtitled Modern Afro-American Jazz) is an album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Buddy Collette recorded at sessions in late 1956 and released on Johnny Otis' short-lived Dig label.

Chico Hamilton - drums