Ralph Peña

Born 24 February 1927. Died 20 May 1969
Ralph Peña
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1927-02-24
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Ralph Peña

Ralph Peña Biography (Wikipedia)

Ralph Raymond Peña (February 24, 1927, Jarbidge, Nevada - May 20, 1969, Mexico City) was an American jazz double bassist and composer.

Peña learned to play low brass instruments as a child and began playing professionally in the early 1940s, becoming known as a jazz double bassist. In this capacity, in the early 1950s he worked with Charlie Barnet, Stan Getz, Barney Kessel, Billy May, Jack Montrose, Vido Musso, Art Pepper, Duane Tatro, and Cal Tjader. He recorded with Shorty Rogers from 1955 to 1958, appearing with Rogers in the film The Man with the Golden Arm in 1955, and also played with Jimmy Giuffre in 1955 and 1956 and Buddy DeFranco in the late 1950s. He played in a duo with Pete Jolly from 1958 to 1962 and occasionally recorded with Jolly, Giuffre, and Rogers together. In the early 1960s he worked with Ben Webster, Frank Sinatra, George Shearing, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Dick Grove, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson. Late in the 1960s he worked on film soundtracks. In 1969, in Mexico City, where he had been working on a score, Peña was killed as a pedestrian in an automobile accident.

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Jimmy Giuffre
The Train And The River
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The Train And The River
Jim Hall, Ralph Peña & Jimmy Giuffre 3
The Train and The River
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The Train and The River

The Train and The River

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Jim Hall
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Jimmy Giuffre 3
Jim Hall, Ralph Peña & Jimmy Giuffre
Crazy She Calls Me
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Crazy She Calls Me
The Jim Hall Trio
The Song Is You
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The Song Is You
Jim Hall, Ralph Peña & Jimmy Giuffre
Gotta Dance
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Gotta Dance

Gotta Dance

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Jim Hall
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