Clyde Lombardi was an advanced yet flexible bassist who was quite valuable in the jazz world of the '40s and '50s. Lombardi had extensive classical training but was a jazz musician by the time he was 20. He played regularly with Red Norvo from 1942-1945, Joe Marsala, the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra in 1945, and both big bands and combos headed by Benny Goodman during 1945-1946 and his bebop fling of 1948-1949. Lombardi played and recorded with Charlie Ventura in 1946, Lennie Tristano, Wardell Gray, Stan Getz, Al Haig, Zoot Sims, Eddie Bert, Tal Farlow in 1953, and George Wallington, among others. Lombardi, who did not have an opportunity to lead any albums of his own, largely left jazz by 1959 and worked for CBS as a studio musician, although he re-emerged in jazz from time to time. In 1975 he recorded with tenorman Tony Graye.
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