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John Kirby

b, cb, 1908-1952 US, Winchester, Virginia
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Kirby Wright

Jazz bassist. Born: December 31, 1908 in Baltimore, USA. Died: June 14, 1952 in Hollywood, USA Originally a trombone/tuba player, John Kirby switched with success to bass in 1930 in the Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. He gained success in the end of the 1930s with his own sextet, previously named The Onyx Club Boys, with occasional vocals provided by his (at this time) wife Maxine Sullivan. After World War II his career declined and he died before a planned comeback.

  • Bass
  • Double bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Charlie's Prelude on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairies on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Beethoven Riffs On on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Dawn On The Desert on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Echoes of Harlem on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Close Shave on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Rose Room on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Rustle Of Spring #1 on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
Milumba on 1941-1942 by John Kirby
It Feels so Good on 1941-1942 by John Kirby

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
In Chronology - 1945-1946John Kirby2009Album
Rehearsin' For A Nervous BreakdownJohn Kirby2000Compil.
Willie 'The Lion' Smith And His Cubs 1935-1937Willie 'The Lion' Smith And His Cubs Featuring Ed Allen, Buster Bailey, John Kirby1993Compil.
The Complete Una Mae Carlisle (1940-1942) And John Kirby (1941-1942) ; Jazz Tribune 64Una Mae Carlisle, John Kirby1992Compil.
More 1940–1941Maxine Sullivan And John Kirby1990Compil.
John KirbyJohn Kirby1986Album
1938-1941 The Biggest Little Band In The WorldJohn Kirby1985Compil.
Echoes Of HarlemJohn Kirby1982Album
The Biggest Little Band 1937-1941John Kirby1978Compil.
Boss Of The BassJohn Kirby1976Compil.
Man O' Mine / I Want You I Need YouErroll Garner / Billy Kyle, John Kirby, Jimmy Shirley1946Album
Lady Be Good / All The Things You AreErroll Garner / Billy Kyle, John Kirby, Jimmy Shirley1946Album
1940 - Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm ...John KirbyCompil.
1908-1952John KirbyAlbum
Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm... (John Kirby And His Band 1939/41)John KirbyCompil.
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