Gene Ramey

Gene Ramey (April 4, 1913 – December 8, 1984) was an American jazz double bassist.

Ramey was born in Austin, Texas, and played trumpet in college, but switched to contrabass when playing with George Corley's Royal Aces, The Moonlight Serenaders, and Terrence Holder. In 1932 he moved to Kansas City and took up the bass, studying with Walter Page. He became a fixture on the Kansas City swing jazz scene in the 1930s, and played with Jay McShann's orchestra from 1938 to 1943.

In 1944 he moved to New York City, where he played with Lester Young, Count Basie, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Hot Lips Page, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk (as a member of Monk’s first trio in 1947, together with drummer Art Blakey), and Miles Davis. He transitioned into the bebop style ably, but also continued to play in more swing-oriented outfits. Later in his life he toured Europe with Buck Clayton, and played with Muggsy Spanier, Teddy Wilson, Dick Wellstood, Jimmy Rushing, and Eddie Vinson, in addition to doing several reunion gigs with McShann. In 1976 he moved back to Texas, playing occasionally up until his death in 1984.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 4th, 1913 (Austin), Died December 8th, 1984 (Austin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 70993 10-in. 7/2/1942 Lonely boy blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 70994 10-in. 7/2/1942 Get me on your mind Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 70995 10-in. 7/2/1942 The jumpin' blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 70996 10-in. 7/2/1942 Sepian bounce-1 Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 71527 12/1/1943 Say forward I'll march Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 71528 10-in. 12/1/1943 Wrong neighborhood Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 71529 10-in. 12/1/1943 Hometown blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 71530 10-in. 11/1/1943 Save me some Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81739 10/20/1951 Buttermilk and beans Hal Singer Orchestra ; The X-Rays instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81740 10/20/1951 Charmaine Hal Singer Orchestra ; The X-Rays instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81741 10/20/1951 I've got a pocketful of dreams Hal Singer Orchestra ; The X-Rays instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81742 10/20/1951 Blue velvet Hal Singer Orchestra ; The X-Rays instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93730 10-in. 4/30/1941 Swingmatism Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93731 10-in. 4/30/1941 Hootie blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93732 10-in. 4/30/1941 Dexter blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93733 10-in. 4/30/1941 Vine Street boogie Jay McShann instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93734 10-in. 4/30/1941 Confessin' the blues Jay McShann instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93735 10-in. 4/30/1941 Hold 'em Hootie Jay McShann instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93809 10-in. 11/18/1941 One woman's man-1 Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93810 10-in. 11/18/1941 'Fore day rider Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93811 10-in. 11/18/1941 So you won't jump Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93812 10-in. 11/18/1941 New confessin' the blues (Confessin' the blues, part 2 De.48008) Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93813 10-in. 11/18/1941 Red River blues Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93814 10-in. 11/18/1941 Baby heart blues Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93815 10-in. 11/18/1941 Cryin' won't make me stay Jay McShann Quartet instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ramey, Gene," accessed January 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/339074.

Ramey, Gene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/339074.

"Ramey, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 January 2021.

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