Collette, Buddy

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Collette, Buddy Gender: M
William Marcell Collette
born on 6 August 1921 at 15:40 (= 3:40 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 13°55' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 28°05 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 25°10'

Buddy Collette (1985)
photo: Brianmcmillen, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist, known as a founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.

In 1949, he was the only black member of the band for You Bet Your Life, a TV and radio show hosted by Groucho Marx. In the 1950s, he worked as a studio musician with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and Nelson Riddle.

In 1955 he was a founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, playing chamber jazz flute with guitarist Jim Hall, cellist Fred Katz, and bassist Carson Smith. He also taught, and his students included Charles Mingus, James Newton, Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd, and Frank Morgan. He helped merge an all-black musicians' union with an all-white musicians' union.

Buddy Collette died on 19 September 2010 at age 89 in Los Angeles.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Aton, Jim (born 26 April 1925)
  • associate relationship with Hamilton, Chico (born 20 September 1921). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Kelso, Jackie (born 27 February 1922). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Mingus, Charles (born 22 April 1922). Notes: Music collaborators
  • (has as) student relationship with Dolphy, Eric (born 20 June 1928)
  • (has as) student relationship with Lloyd, Charles (born 15 March 1938)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Traits : Body : Race (African-American)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Chico Hamilton Quintet)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Flutist, saxophonist, clarinetist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (U.S. Navy band leader)
  • Vocation : Politics : Labor unions (Musicians' union)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Black pioneer)