Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z

Mason, John

Mason, John, bass; b. Chicago, IL, 28 September 1937.

Mason played briefly with Dexter Gordon, Howard McGhee and Sonny Stitt at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk in Saugatuck, MI. He played and recorded with Bob Ojeda Sextet, on the 1962 album "Daddy Deuce" and recorded with Stan Kenton, "Stan Kenton and his Orchestra at the Holiday  Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois," Status CD DSTS1018 (Mason only played on some of the tracks, 1962). He toured with Buddy DeFranco Quartet, 1962 and appeared on the TV Show "Parade" on CBC-TV, Toronto. He played with the Joe Daley Trio, 1963-64, Chicago, with Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, 1964, with Ed Summerlin Quartet, 1966-1970 (including an appearance at the London Jazz Festival 1969), the Eddie Higgins Trio, 1975-76, Ira Sullivan Quartet, 1976, and Flip Phillips Quartet, 1977-78, recording Flip Phillips Live at the Beowulf (1977) with the latter.

Recordings:
"Flip Phillips Live at the Beowulf,"  Dragon Records, 1977
"Daddy Deuce" on a Chicago-based label (Vee-Jay?), 1962
"Stan Kenton and his Orchestra at the Holiday Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois," Status CD DSTS1018 (although another bassist is identified, he only played on some of the tracks) May 1962

Contact information:
jmason@ulster.net

Back to Top