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April 3, 1936 - July 6, 1961


The "Richie Kamuca Quintet" are featured on an April 1958 broadcast of the "Stars of Jazz" TV show.


Richie Kamuca, tenor sax & leader
Frank Rosolino, trombone
Scott LaFaro, bass
Victor Feldman, piano
Stan Levey, drums

Scott LaFaro began playing double bass when he was eighteen shortly before college.

He left school during his sophomore year to tour with Buddy Morrow's big band.

After departing form the group on the West Coast he decided to remain to take part in the highly competitive Los Angeles music scene.

By 1959 LaFaro had made a name for himself as one of the best young bassist and started working with pianist Bill Evans and drummer Paul Motian.

He became Charlie Haden's replacement in Ornette Coleman's band in January 1961.

In the summer of 1961 Scott LaFaro died in an automobile accident in Flint, New York two days after the Newport Jazz Festival where he accompanied Stan Getz.

His final recorded work can be heard on the albums "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" and "Waltz for Debby", produced with the Bill Evans Trio just weeks before.

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