Prolific session jazz bassist out of the colorful Mitchell family, later a major television writer and producer.
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Whitey Mitchell Biography

by Scott Yanow

The brother of bassist Red Mitchell, Whitey Mitchell never achieved the fame of his sibling but he was also an excellent player. He played clarinet and tuba as a youth before settling on the bass. Whitey played with the Elinor Sherry Quartet and Shep Fields Orchestra (1951-52) before serving in the Army. Starting in 1954, Whitey freelanced in New York, playing in countless situations. Among his more important associations were Gene Krupa (1955), Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding, Pete Rugolo, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann, Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford's big band (1956-57), Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny Richards, Peter Appleyard, Benny Goodman (1963-64) and Andre Previn. Whitey, who largely dropped out of full-time playing after 1965 and became a television producer, led an album for ABC-Paramount in 1956 and co-led a set for Metrojazz (as "the Mitchells") with Red and Blue Mitchell in 1958.

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