Teddy Kotick

Theodore John Kotick, called Teddy Kotick ( born June 4, 1928 in Haverhill (Massachusetts ), † April 17, 1986 in Boston ) was an American jazz bassist. He played with Charlie Parker and Bill Evans.


With six years Kotick began to play guitar and later in college, he moved to bass. He began his musical career in the States of New England, before settling in 1948 in New York. He worked with Buddy Rich, Buddy DeFranco (1949 ), Artie Shaw ( 1950), Stan Getz ( 1951-1953 ), Bob Brookmeyer, Al Haig in 1954 and sporadically with Charlie Parker. Thus was born on January 23, 1952 Max Roach the title of " Begin the Beguine ". In addition, Kotick appeared at the legendary Rockland Palace Concert with September 26, 1952. Another recording session took place on December 10, 1954; while the title " I've Got You Under My Skin ", " Love for Sale ", " I Love Paris " were recorded for the album Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter. It should be the last recording session of Charlie Parker jazz label Verve Records for before his death.

In 1956 he participated in George Russell's The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop and played bass in the trio of Bill Evans; with him was his debut album, New Jazz Conceptions. In 1957 he worked on the album A Swinging Introduction to Jimmy Knepper with Evans. From 1957 to 1958, Kotick member of the Quintet by Horace Silver, then in 1959 in the band Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. During this time he also went with the orchestra by Claude Thornhill on tour and took on plates with Jimmy Raney and George Russell. In the 1960s, Teddy Kotick worked mainly as a freelancer and played with musicians such as Martial Solal at the jazz festival in Newport, with René Thomas, Teddy Charles, Herbie Nichols, Tony Scott and Phil Woods. In 1966, he played briefly in a trio of Bill Evans ( The Secret Sessions ) in the New York jazz club the Village Vanguard.

Since the early 70s Kotick again lived in Massachusetts. End of the 70s and 1982 years came again to shots with JR Monte Rose and Allen Eager.


  • Al Haig Al Haig Quartet (Period Records, 1954)
  • Bob Brookmeyer: The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer ( Prestige Records, 1955)
  • Herbie Nichols Herbie Nichols Trio ( Blue Note Records, 1956)
  • Jimmy Raney: A ( Prestige Records, 1956)
  • George Russell: The Jazz Workshop ( RCA Victor, 1956)
  • George Wallington: Jazz For The Carriage Trade ( Prestige Records, 1956)
  • Al Cohn, Zoot Sims: Al And Zoot ( Coral Records, 1957)
  • René Thomas: Guitar Groove ( Jazzland Records, 1960)
  • Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter ( Verve Records, 1955) - re-release in 1991 as The Cole Porter Songbook
  • The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert 1952 ( Jazz Clascics, 1996)
  • New Jazz Conceptions ( Riverside Records, 1956)
  • The Secret Sessions, 1966-75 ( Milestone Records, 1996)