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August 17, 1920 - July 11, 1985


George Duvivier delivers a live performance in Mobile, Alabama dedicated to Harry Carney in 1984.


George Duvivier, bass
Ray Bryant, piano
Johnny Smith, guitar
Alan Dawson, drums

Born in New York City George Duvivier played violin and cello as a high school student, eventually gravitating towards the double bass.

By the time he began touring with the bands of Lucky Millinder and Cab Calloway in the 1940s he had already become a skilled composer and arranger.

Duvivier worked as a sideman for most of his career and had a tendency of never remaining with the same group for too long.

Working with Bud Powell in 1953, he would go on to perform with organist Shirley Scott, drummer Arthur Edgehill, and as a member of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' quartet from between 1957 and '59.

Playing in the orchestra in the film, "The Benny Goodman Story" during the 1970s he was also a member of Soprano Summit.

Among George Duvivier's final performances was a 1983 appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" as accompanist to Tom Waits.

He died from cancer in his Manhattan apartment on July 11, 1985.

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