Babasin, Harry

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Babasin, Harry Gender: M
Yervant Harry Babasin, Jr.
born on 19 March 1921 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place Dallas, Texas, 32n47, 96w48
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°47' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°51 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 02°33'


American jazz bassist nicknamed "The Bear."

He attended North Texas State University. Among the many noted jazz alumni of the school were Jimmy Giuffre and Herb Ellis, each of whom he played with in the early 1940s. He appeared in A Song Is Born, one of many jazz stars to play roles in the film. His quartet with Laurindo Almeida, Roy Harte and Bud Shank, was an early experiment blending Brazilian music and jazz. Their 1954 10" discs are predecessors to the bossa nova explosion of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In 1947, Babasin recorded the first cello solos known in jazz music, with the Dodo Marmarosa Trio. In order to do so, he tuned his strings in fourths, later adding a bass player. In the mid-1950s, he put together his own ensemble, Harry Babasin & the Jazzpickers, who played regularly at the Purple Onion in Hollywood and released three albums.

He supported Bob Hope on USO tours. In the 1970s he and Harte initiated the Los Angeles Theaseum, a jazz archive and preservation society. Babasin's last tour was in 1985. He died of emphysema on 21 May 1988 in Los Angeles, having participated in possibly as many as 1,500 recordings.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other associate with Almeida, Laurindo (born 2 September 1917). Notes: playing music
  • other associate with Shank, Bud (born 27 May 1926). Notes: playing music


  • Death by Disease 21 May 1928 (emphysema)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1947 (first jazz cello solos)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield from BC in hand.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz (bassist)