born on 14/2/1920 in Boston, MA, United States
died on 17/9/2005 in Englewood, NJ, United States
Jack Lesberg (February 14, 1920 September 17, 2005) was a jazz double-bassist.
Lesberg had the misfortune of playing in the Cocoanut Grove on the night in 1942 when 492 people lost their lives in a fire. His escape was memorialized by fellow bassist Charles Mingus in an unpublished section of Mingus's autobiography "Beneath the Underdog"; this passage was read by rapper Chuck D. on the Mingus tribute album Weird Nightmare. According to Mingus's telling, Lesberg used his double bass to "make a door" inside the club which aided in his escape.
Lesberg continued to tour in the 1980s and was interviewed for KCEA radio in 1984 following a performance in Menlo Park, California. During the taped interview Jack spoke of the many bands and performers he worked with and expressed his feelings that he felt blessed to be a musician.
- As co-leader
- We've Got Rhythm/Live at Hanratty's (Chaz Jazz, 1981)
- No Amps Allowed (Chiaroscuro)
- As sideman
- Dixieland Jazz (Waldorf, 1957)
- Tribute to Louis Armstrong (Jugoton, 1985)
- Tribute to Louis Armstrong Vol. 2 (Jugoton, 1989)
- The Music of Lil Hardin Armstrong (Chiaroscuro, 1988)
- Barry Kernfeld. "Jack Lesberg", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed January 15 2014), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
- Jack Lesberg at Discogs