Joe Mondragon

Joe Mondragon (February 2, 1920 – July 1987) was an American jazz bassist.

Mondragon was an autodidact on bass, and began working professionally in Los Angeles. He served in the Army during World War II, and then joined Woody Herman's First Herd in 1946. Over the next two decades, he became one of the more popular studio bassists for jazz recording on the West Coast, appearing on albums by June Christy, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco, Marty Paich, Claude Williamson, Georgie Auld, Chet Baker, Bob Cooper, Harry Sweets Edison, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank and Ella Fitzgerald. Mondragon can also be heard on soundtracks for films such as The Wild One and Pete Kelly's Blues.

Mondragon never recorded as a leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 2nd, 1920 (Los Angeles), Died July 1st, 1987

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 87 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 86791 9/3/1954 Private hell 36 Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86792 9/3/1954 Havana interlude Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86793 9/3/1954 Easy mood Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86794 9/3/1954 Daddy long legs Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86795 9/3/1954 Joshua Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86796 9/3/1954 Lilli Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86797 9/3/1954 Dance of the Lilliputian Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 86798 9/3/1954 Private blues Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5234 12/2/1949 Sitting by the window Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5235 12/2/1949 Just for old times Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5236 12/2/1949 By the waters of Minnetonka Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5237 12/2/1949 Crew cut Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5349 1/24/1950 Bamboo Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5350 1/24/1950 One! Two! Three! Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5351 1/24/1950 Stormy weather march Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5352 1/24/1950 Carioca Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5397 2/20/1950 Smoke gets in your eyes Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5398 2/20/1950 Night and day Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5399 2/20/1950 All the things you are Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5400 2/20/1950 Stardust Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5419 3/9/1950 Blue skies Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5420 3/9/1950 Dancing in the dark Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5423 3/10/1950 This can't be love Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5424 3/10/1950 What is this thing called love? Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 5425 3/10/1950 Desert serenade Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 87 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mondragon, Joe," accessed December 2, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332172.

Mondragon, Joe. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332172.

"Mondragon, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 2 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332172

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