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Monty Budwig

Monty Budwig American double bassist

American double bassist
Monty Budwig
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American double bassist
Was Jazz musician
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 26 December 1926, Pender, Thurston County, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Death 9 March 1992, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 65 years)
The details


Monty Rex Budwig (December 26, 1926 – March 9, 1992) was a West Coast jazz double bassist. He was born in Pender, Nebraska. He began playing bass during high school, continuing in the military band while he was enlisted in the Air Force.

In 1954 he moved to Los Angeles and went on to record and perform with many notable jazz musicians (Carmen McRae, Barney Kessel, Woody Herman, Red Norvo, Scott Hamilton, and Shelly Manne).

Budwig is known for his touring with the Vince Guaraldi trio in the 1960s, with Don Joham on drums, and he performed on one number on the Charlie Brown Christmas Album. He released one recording as a leader (Dig on the Concord label).


As leader

  • Dig (Dobre Records DR1057, 1978)

As sideman

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

  • Finesse (Concord, 1978)

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

  • Theme Music from "The James Dean Story" (World Pacific, 1956)

With Gary Burton

  • 3 in Jazz (RCA, 1963)

With Frank Butler

  • The Stepper (Xanadu, 1977)
  • Wheelin' and Dealin' (Xanadu, 1978)

With Conte Candoli

  • Conte Candoli Quartet (Mode, 1957)

With Betty Carter

  • 'Round Midnight (Atco, 1963)

With June Christy

  • Do-Re-Mi (Capitol, 1961) – with Bob Cooper

With Rosemary Clooney

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosie (Concord, 1977)
  • Rosie Sings Bing (Concord, 1978)
  • Here's to My Lady (Concord, 1978)

With Sonny Criss

  • I'll Catch the Sun! (Prestige, 1969)

With Herb Ellis

  • Soft & Mellow (Concord, 1979)

With Bill Evans

  • Empathy (Verve, 1962) – with Shelly Manne

With Stan Getz

  • The Dolphin (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Spring Is Here (Concord Jazz, 1981 [1992])

With Vince Guaraldi

  • Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (Fantasy, 1962)
  • From All Sides (Fantasy, 1964) – with Bola Sete
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)

With Stan Kenton

  • Stan Kenton Plays for Today (Capitol, 1966)
  • The World We Know (Capitol, 1967)

With Barney Kessel

  • Kessel Plays Standards (Contemporary, 1954)
  • Some Like It Hot (Contemporary, 1959)

With Jimmy Knepper

  • Jimmy Knepper in L.A. (Discomate, 1977)

With Junior Mance

  • Straight Ahead! (Capitol, 1964)

With Shelly Manne

  • Concerto for Clarinet & Combo (Contemporary, 1957)
  • The Gambit (Contemporary, 1958)
  • Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn (Contemporary, 1959)
  • Son of Gunn!! (Contemporary, 1959)
  • At the Black Hawk 1 (Contemporary, 1959)
  • At the Black Hawk 2 (Contemporary, 1959)
  • At the Black Hawk 3 (Contemporary, 1959)
  • At the Black Hawk 4 (Contemporary, 1959)
  • At the Black Hawk 5 (Contemporary, 1959 [1991])
  • My Son the Jazz Drummer! (Contemporary, 1962)
  • My Fair Lady with the Un-original Cast (Capitol, 1964)
  • Manne–That's Gershwin! (Capitol, 1965)
  • Boss Sounds! (Atlantic, 1966)
  • Jazz Gunn (Atlantic, 1967)
  • Perk Up (Concord Jazz, 1967 [1976])

With Charles McPherson

  • Free Bop! (Xanadu, 1978)

With Art Pepper

  • Surf Ride (Savoy, 1952-1954 [1956])

With Shorty Rogers

  • Portrait of Shorty (RCA Victor, 1957)

With Bola Sete

  • The Incomparable Bola Sete (Fantasy, 1964)

With Bud Shank

  • California Concert (Contemporary, 1985) with Shorty Rogers

With Sarah Vaughan

  • Sarah Vaughan with the Jimmy Rowles Quintet (Mainstram, 1974)
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