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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2010) Leroy Vinnegar Also known as The Walker Born July 13, 1928(1928-07-13), Indianapolis, IN, USA Origin Los Angeles, CA, USA Died August 3, 1999(1999-08-03) (aged 71) Genres Jazz Instruments Double bass Leroy Vinnegar (July 13, 1928 – August 3, 1999) was an American jazz bassist. Born in Indianapolis, the self-taught Vinnegar established his reputation in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. His trademark was the rhythmic "walking" bass line, a steady series of ascending or descending notes, and it brought him the nickname "The Walker". Besides his jazz work, he also appeared on a number of soundtracks and pop albums, notably Van Morrison's 1972 album, Saint Dominic's Preview. He recorded extensively as both a leader and sideman. He came to public attention in the 1950s as a result of recording with Lee Konitz André Previn, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Joe Castro and Serge Chaloff. He played bass on Previn and Manne's My Fair Lady album, one of the most successful jazz records ever produced. He also performed on another of jazz's biggest hit albums, Eddie Harris and Les McCann's Swiss Movement, released in 1969. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1986. In 1995, the Oregon State Legislature honored him by proclaiming May 1 Leroy Vinnegar Day. Vinnegar died from a heart attack, at the age of 71, on August 3, 1999, in a hospital in Portland. Contents 1 Discography 1.1 As leader 1.2 As sideman 2 External links // Discography As leader Leroy Walks! (1957; Original Jazz Classics) Leroy Walks Again! (1962; Fantasy Records) Jazz's Great "Walker" (1964; Vee Jay) Walkin' the Basses (1992; Contemporary Records) As sideman My Fair Lady by Shelly Manne & His Friends (1956; Contemporary Records) Live at Falcon's Lair! by Zoot Sims with the Joe Castro Trio (1956; Pablo Records) Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders by Sonny Rollins (1958, Contemporary) Groove Funk Soul! by Joe Castro (1958; Atlantic Records) At Falcon's Lair with Joe Castro 1959 (Teddy Edwards split LP with Sonny Rollins "At Music Inn") (1959; Metrojazz Records) Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster (1959; Verve) The Texas Twister by Don Wilkerson (1960; [[Riverside Records|Riverside) Saint Dominic's Preview (1972; Warner Bros.) Saturday Morning by Sonny Criss (1975; Xanadu Records) California Hard by Dolo Coker (1977; Xanadu Records) Keystones! by Red Garland (1977; Xanadu Records) Home Is Where The Soul Is by Kenny Drew (1978; Xanadu Records) For Sure! by Kenny Drew (1978; Xanadu Records) On the Shoulder of Giants by Gordon Lee (1994; Unity Label Group) Encounters by Jessica Williams, Leroy Vennegar, Mel Brown (1994; Jazz Focus) Encounters II by Jessica Williams Leroy Vennegar Trio (1997; Jazz Focus]) External links Bio Persondata Name Vinnegar, Leroy Alternative names Short description American bassist Date of birth July 13, 1928 Place of birth Indianapolis, Minnesota Date of death August 3, 1999 Place of death Portland, Oregon