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Von Whitlock


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Von "Bob" Whitlock

A West Coast jazz bassist and the last surviving original member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, who joined the influential piano-less group in the summer of 1952, died on June 29 in Long Beach, Calif., of a stroke. He was 84.
Von was born in Roosevelt, Utah, on January 21, 1931. He moved to Long Beach as a child and attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he had a music teacher who took great interest in Von's musical abilities. After high school, he played in local big bands and became a successful jazz bassist. Von was close friends with trumpet player, Chet Baker, who he introduced to Gerry Mulligan and together with drummer, Chico Hamilton, they made several recordings as an influential jazz quartet.
Von obtained his master's degree from UCLA and, based on his thesis, he studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France, where he played bass with several notable jazz musicians.
In addition to playing with Chet Baker and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Von played with the likes of Art Pepper, Stan Getz, George Shearing, Lena Horne, Jack Sheldon, Joe Pass, to name a few. Von also taught music theory at UCLA.
Services will be private. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on July 8, 2015
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