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Scott LaFaro

  • Birth 3 Apr 1936 Irvington, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 6 Jul 1961 Flint, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Burial Geneva, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Plot Avenue G, Section 18
  • Memorial ID 8821

Musician. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was an influential jazz bassist best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio. He was in his second year at college to study music when he joined Buddy Morrow's band and went on a cross country tour. In the mid 1950s, at the Los Angeles music scene, he became known as one of the best young bassists performing with artist to include Benny Goodman, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and Stan Kenton. In 1959, after many gigs, he joined the Bill Evans Trio, went on the Jazz Festival tour circuit and recorded the albums "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" and "Waltz for Debby", which are considered among the finest live jazz recordings. Although he performed for only six years, his innovative approach to the bass redefined jazz and inspired a generation of bassists who followed him. He died in an automobile accident in Flint, New York.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8821
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Scott LaFaro (3 Apr 1936–6 Jul 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8821, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, Ontario County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .