Oscar Pettiford born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, was a double
bassist, cellist and composer known particularly for his
pioneering work in bebop.
Pettiford's mother was Choctaw and his father was half
Cherokee and half African American. Like many African
Americans with Native American ancestry, his Native
heritage was not generally known except to a few close
friends (which included David Amram).
In 1942 he joined the Charlie Barnet band and in 1943
gained wider public attention after recording with Coleman
Hawkins on his "The Man I Love." He also recorded with
Earl Hines and Ben Webster around this time