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John Kirby

American Jazz double-bassist

Died when: 43 years 166 days (521 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn

 

John Kirby

John Kirby (December 31, 1908 – June 14, 1952), was an American jazz double-bassist, who also played trombone and tuba.In addition to sideman work (prominently with Benny Goodman), Kirby is remembered for leading a successful chamber jazz sextet in the late 1930s and early 1940s, which scored several hit songs including "Loch Lomond" and the debut recording of "Undecided", a jazz standard.

He is perhaps the first musician in the chamber jazz genre.


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