Joe Mondragon

born on 2/2/1920 in Antonito, CO, United States

died in July 1987 in San Juan Pueblo, NM, United States

Joe Mondragon

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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.


With Georgie Auld

  • In the Land of Hi-Fi with Georgie Auld and His Orchestra (EmArcy, 1955)

With Chet Baker

  • Grey December (Pacific Jazz, 1953 [1992])
  • Pretty/Groovy (World Pacific, 1953 [1958])
  • The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz, 1953)
  • Chet Baker & Strings (Columbia, 1954)

With Louie Bellson

  • Louis Bellson Swings Jule Styne (Verve, 1960)

With Buddy Bregman

  • Swinging Kicks (Verve, 1957)

With Hoagy Carmichael

  • Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz, 1956)

With Harry Edison

  • Sweets (Clef, 1956)

With Herb Ellis and Jimmy Giuffre

  • Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve, 1959)

With Woody Herman

  • Songs for Hip Lovers (Verve, 1957)

With Harry James

  • Harry James And His Orchestra 1948-49 (Big Band Landmarks – Vol. X & XI, 1969)[1]

With Stan Kenton

  • Lush Interlude (Capitol, 1958)

With Barney Kessel

  • Carmen (Contemporary, 1959)

With Henry Mancini

  • More Music from Peter Gunn (RCA, 1959)

With Shelly Manne

  • The West Coast Sound (Contemporary, 1955)

With Warne Marsh

  • Live in Hollywood (Xanadu, 1952 [1979])

With Carmen McRae

  • Can't Hide Love (Blue Note, 1976)

With Jack Montrose

  • Arranged by Montrose (Pacific Jazz, 1954)

With Gerry Mulligan

  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 1 (Pacific Jazz, 1952)
  • Lee Konitz Plays with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz, 1953 [1957]) with Lee Konitz
  • Gene Norman Presents the Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet and Quartet (GNP, 1953 [1997])

With Oliver Nelson

  • Zig Zag (Original Motion Picture Score) (MGM, 1970)

With Art Pepper

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

With Shorty Rogers

  • Shorty Rogers and His Giants (RCA Victor, 1954 [1956])
  • Collaboration (RCA Victor, 1954) with André Previn
  • Afro-Cuban Influence (RCA Victor, 1958)
  • Chances Are It Swings (RCA Victor, 1958)
  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Harold Arlen Songs (RCA Victor, 1959)
  • Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan (MGM, 1960)
  • The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA Victor, 1960)
  • The Fourth Dimension in Sound (Warner Bros., 1961)
  • Bossa Nova (Reprise, 1962)
  • Jazz Waltz (Reprise, 1962)

With Pete Rugolo

  • Music for Hi-Fi Bugs (EmArcy, 1956)
  • Out on a Limb (EmArcy, 1956)
  • An Adventure in Sound: Reeds in Hi-Fi (Mercury, 1956 [1958])
  • An Adventure in Sound: Brass in Hi-Fi (Mercury 1956 [1958])
  • Percussion at Work (EmArcy, 1957)
  • Behind Brigitte Bardot (Warner Bros., 1960)
  • The Original Music of Thriller (Time, 1961)
  • Ten Trumpets and 2 Guitars (Mercury, 1961)
  • 10 Saxophones and 2 Basses (Mercury, 1961)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • Gone with the Wave (Colpix, 1964)

With Bud Shank

  • Strings & Trombones (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
  • I'll Take Romance (World Pacific, 1958)

See also

  • List of jazz bassists


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