Lisle Atkinson

Lisle Arthur Atkinson (sometimes "Lysle") (born September 16, 1940, New York, NY; died March 25, 2019, New York, NY) was an American jazz double-bassist.


Atkinson played violin from the age of four and switched to stand-up bass at 12 years of age. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, and after graduating worked as Nina Simone's bassist from 1962 to 1966. He also worked with the New York Bass Choir and Les Spann during this time. Atkinson played with Betty Carter from 1969 to 1971, and in the 1970s worked with Kenny Burrell, George Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, John Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Helen Humes, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Howard McGhee, Horace Parlan, Hazel Scott, Norman Simmons, Frank Strozier, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, and Richard Wyands.

In 1983, Atkinson formed his own group, the Neo-Bass Ensemble, which included five bassists, together with Paul H. Brown, a pianist, and Al Harewood on drums. In the 1980s Atkinson also played with Benny Carter, Lee Konitz, Grover Mitchell, Joe Newman, Dakota Staton, and Ernie Wilkins. Among his associations in the 1990s and 2000s were Barry Harris, Leroy Williams, Jeanne Lee, and Sir Charles Thompson.


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As sideman[]

With Roni Ben-Hur

With Joshua Breakstone

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Betty Carter

With George Coleman

With Andrew Cyrille

With Albert Dailey

With Walt Dickerson

With Keno Duke

With Ryo Fukui

With John Gordon

With Helen Humes

With Jeanne Lee

With Shigeo Maruyama

With Howard McGhee

With Danny Mixon

With The National Jazz Ensemble

With The New York Bass Violin Choir

With Horace Parlan

With Norman Simmons

With Nina Simone

With Frank Strozier

With Richard Wyands