Accomplished jazz bassist Bill Hadnott died Dec. 1 of pneumonia and heart failure at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 85.
Hadnott migrated to Kansas City, where he frequented city nightclubs and eventually played gigs with Charlie Parker, Gus Johnson, Jesse Price and the Bennie Moten Orchestra.
After marrying in 1941, Hadnott moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the L.A. Conservatory of Music. He moonlighted in a band with Nellie Lutcher, who decided to bring him along with her after signing with Capitol Records in 1947. The duo found success during their 50-year partnership, with hits such as “Hurry on Down” and “He’s a Real Gone Guy.”
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Irene, their two children and numerous nieces and nephews.