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Atkinson, Lisle (Arthur)

Atkinson, Lisle (Arthur) , bassist, composer; b. New York City, 16 September 1940. He began studying the violin at the age of four and gave his first concert at age six, then became introduced to the bass at the age of twelve. Attended the High School of Music and Art, where he played in the school orchestra, and received a Bachelor Degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music. He has worked with numerous artists including Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Wynton Kelly, Hazel Scott, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, the New York Bass Violin Choir, Clark Terry, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band. Mary Lou Williams, the New York Jazz Quartet, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and many others.

He is also the founder of the Neo-Bass ensemble, which recorded the album Bird Lives, and he has appeared on many other recordings.

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