Saturday, April 20, 2024


Buell Neidlinger, Jazz Luminary, 82

Former Westporter Buell Neidlinger of Whidbey Island, Washington, a bassist, cellist and educator who worked within a wide spectrum of jazz styles, from Dixieland to the avant-garde, died March 16. He was 82. Image
Buell Neidlinger: grew up in Westport. JazzTimes photo

His wife, Margaret Storer, said the cause was a heart attack.

Neidlinger was best known for his early collaboration with pianist Cecil Taylor. They appeared together on six albums made between 1956 and 1961.

He also recorded frequently with saxophonists Steve Lacy and Archie Shepp and trombonist Roswell Rudd; played in a trio with pianist Herbie Nichols; was the accompanying bassist on Tony Bennett’s hit 1962 recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; and collaborated prolifically with saxophonist Marty Krystall over a period of nearly 50 years. See JazzTimes obituary HERE and New York Times obituary HERE.

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