Emanating from a musical hotbed in Pittsburgh; his maternal
grandmother performed in minstrel shows, and taught piano;
she had graduated cum laude; taught English to Italian
immigrants, and taught Mickey & his cousins Barbershop
Harmony. Her daughter, Mickeys' mother also sang & danced.
He was born, into all of this on May 2nd 1943... Lee Oddis
A Pittsburgh born Bassist, who became, and is, a Major force
on The New York Jazz Scene for more than 40 years.
In 1966 Downbeat declared him to be “A first rate soloist!”
In 1970 Downbeat said “Definitely worth listening to! His
melodious ideas are something to behold..." While performing
with the great Jimmy McGriff "Essence" Magazine cited him to
be "The Heartbeat of The Group" and while playing with
Freddie Hubbard, Lee Edwards found Mickeys' Ensemble work to
be "Nothing short of brilliant!"
Mickey Bass has Played, and Recorded with; Bennie Green,
Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean,
Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt,
Ramon Morris, Reuben Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey &
The ‘Jazz Messengers‘, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae,Miriam
Makeba, Gloria Lynne (for whom he also served as Musical
Director for seventeen years) Hank Mobley, and Lee Morgan.
Teacher; ‘Bass’ “Jazz-Mobile, Inc.” 1965 to present
An Organization founded by Dr