Herman Wright

born in 1930

died on 25/6/1997 in New York City, NY, United States

Herman Wright

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Herman Wright was a jazz bassist from Detroit, Michigan and later resided in Harlem, New York City until his death.

He began on drums as a teen before ultimately settling on upright bass. He worked with Dorothy Ashby, Terry Gibbs,[1] Yusef Lateef, George Shearing, Doug Watkins and on one occasion substituted Charles Mingus when the latter wanted to play piano.[2] He can also be heard on Allen Ginsberg's Ginsberg Sings Blake.[3]

He had three sons, Herman Wright Jr.(brass and woodwinds), Paris Wright (drums), and Dewayne Wright (piano).


As sideman

With Dorothy Ashby

  • Hip Harp (Prestige, 1958)

With Chet Baker

  • Smokin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Groovin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Comin' On with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Cool Burnin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)
  • Boppin' with the Chet Baker Quintet (Prestige, 1965)

With Yusef Lateef

  • Cry! - Tender (New Jazz, 1959)
  • The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef (Riverside, 1960)
  • Into Something (New Jazz, 1961)
  • The Golden Flute (Impulse!, 1966)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Pow! (Prestige, 1965 [1967])


  1. Chell, Samuel (2007-10-23). CD/LP Review: Terry Gibbs Quartet Featuring Terry Pollard. All About Jazz. Retrieved on 2010-09-24.
  2. Jenkins, Todd S. I know what I know: the music of Charles Mingus Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 ISBN 0-275-98102-9, ISBN 978-0-275-98102-0 at Google Books
  3. U of Pennsylvania
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