Arvell Shaw


Oral History Information

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Musician, Bassist

This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Arvell Shaw was the swift handed bass player who set the groove for such jazz greats as Teddy Wilson and Louis Armstrong. Arvell worked with Louis several times throughout the late 1940s until the 1960s, including as a member of the All-Stars from 1947-1950. One of his favorite memories was working with Louis during the filming of the 1956 movie musical "High Society."

Image courtesy of the Downbeat archives and Jimmy Katz.