from St. Louis, MO
October 24, 1920 - February 6, 2002 (age 81)
Best-known for his excellent work as a supportive bassist with Duke Ellington (1948-1955), Wendell Marshall was the cousin of Jimmy Blanton. After attending Lincoln University and serving in the Army, he worked for a few months with Stuff Smith. In 1948, he moved to New York and joined Mercer Ellington. Soon, he was with Duke and his seven years touring with Ellington gave him a strong reputation. Marshall freelanced after 1955 (including recordings with Mary Lou Williams, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Milt Jackson, and Hank Jones, among many others) and eventually was working steadily in Broadway pit bands. Wendell Marshall retired from music in 1968. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
The Trio Featuring Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall And Kenny Clarke
Gene Krupa - "Little Girl Blue" 1959 Eddie Shu, Dave McKenna, Wendell Marshall
Memphis Slim, Lafayette Thomas & Wendell Marshall - Brenda
Milt Hinton Wendell Marshall Bull Ruther – Basses Loaded! (1955)
The Trio. Kenny Clarke, Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall.
Gene Krupa - "China Boy" 1959 Eddie Shu, Dave McKenna, Wendell Marshall
Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, Kenny Clarke: Little girl blue
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