Bob Haggart

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Bob Haggart
(Portrait of Bob Haggart, Morey Feld, and Mack Shopnick, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. July 1947) (LOC) (4843130767).jpg
Haggart (center) in New York, 1947
Background information
Birth name Robert Sherwood Haggart
Born (1914-03-13)March 13, 1914
New York, New York, U.S.
Died December 2, 1998(1998-12-02) (aged 84)
Venice, Florida
Genres Jazz, dixieland
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Double bass
Years active 1930s–1998
Labels Command
Associated acts Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band, World's Greatest Jazz Band

Robert Sherwood Haggart (March 13, 1914 – December 2, 1998) was a dixieland jazz double bass player, composer, and arranger. Although he is associated with dixieland, he was one of the finest rhythm bassists of the Swing Era.

Music career

In 1935, Haggart became a member of the Bob Crosby Band. He arranged and composed "Big Noise from Winnetka", "My Inspiration", "What's New?", and "South Rampart Street Parade". He remained with the band until it dissolved in 1942, then began working as session musician, with much of his time spent at Decca Records.[1] He recorded with Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald; his arrangements can be heard on Fitzgerald's album Lullabies of Birdland.

He and Yank Lawson formed the Lawson-Haggart Band, and they also led the World's Greatest Jazz Band from 1968–1978. He appeared at jazz festivals until his death on December 2, 1998 in Venice, Florida.[1][2]


  • Strictly from Dixie (MGM, 1960)
  • Big Noise from Winnetka (Command, 1962)
  • Live at the Roosevelt Grill (Atlantic, 1970)
  • What's New? (Atlantic, 1971)
  • Makes a Sentimental Journey (Jazzology, 1980)
  • Enjoys Carolina in the Morning (Jazzology, 1981)
  • A Portrait of Bix (Jazzology, 1986)
  • Hag Leaps In (Arbors, 1995)
  • The All-Stars at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party (Arbors, 2002)
  • The Piano Giants at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party (Arbors, 2002)
  • The Music of Bob Haggart (Arbors, 2002)[3]


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Bob Haggart | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ Watrous, Peter (4 December 1998). "Bob Haggart, 84, Jazz Bassist and Arranger". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Bob Haggart | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2016.

Further reading

  • Kragting, Ben (1994). "Bob Haggart Interview (Part 1)". Doctor Jazz Magazine (in Dutch) (145): 10–13.
  • Kragting, Ben (1994). "Bob Haggart Interview (Part 2)". Doctor Jazz Magazine (in Dutch) (146): 10–15.

External links

  • Bob Haggart discography at Discogs
  • Bob Haggart on IMDb
  • Bob Haggart at Find a Grave
  • Bob Haggart Interview NAMM Oral History Library (1995)
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