Vernon Alley

born on 26/5/1915 in Winnemucca, NV, United States

died on 3/10/2004 in San Francisco, CA, United States

Vernon Alley

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Vernon Alley (May 26, 1915 – October 3, 2004) was an American jazz bassist.

Alley was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, and played football in high school and college. His brother, Eddy Allen, was a drummer; they played together often. Vernon played with Wes People in 1937 and with Saunders King (whose band was interracial) until the end of the decade. He briefly led his own band in 1940.

Around 1940, while in Lionel Hampton's band, Alley switched from double bass to electric bass, one of the first musicians to do so. In 1942 he moved to Count Basie's ensemble, where he played only for a few months and appeared in the film Reveille with Beverly. He played in the U.S. Navy Band during World War II, and after returning put together an ensemble in San Francisco. He continued to play there and was an active member on local radio and in civic arts into the 1990s. He died there in 2004.

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