Dwayne Dolphin

Dwayne Dolphin
BornMay 7, 1963
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresJazz, funk
Associated actsWynton Marsalis, Roger Humphries, Sean Jones, Stanley Turrentine, Fred Wesley

Dwayne Dolphin is a jazz and funk bassist.


Dolphin plays acoustic bass and bass guitar (including piccolo bass).[1] He played locally in Pittsburgh from the age of 15.[1] After high school he joined Wynton Marsalis's band.[1] The AllMusic reviewer of his 1993 album Portrait of Adrian observed that "Dolphin's tone is round and full, and he's got an agile technique. Certainly the late Paul Chambers must have been an influence; like Chambers, Dolphin tends to place his unfussy improvisations in the instrument's lower register. Consequently, his lines are solidly melodic and generally to the point."[2] Dolphin played piccolo bass on his 2006 album Ming.[3][4]


As leader/co-leader

  • Portrait of Adrian (Minor Music, 1993)
  • Three Of A Kind, Madsen - Dolphin - Cox, (Minor Music, 1994)
  • Meets Mister T., Three Of A Kind, (Minor Music 1994)
  • 4 Robin (AAM, 2004)
  • Ming (Bonedog, 2006)
  • Pretty Girl (Bonedog, 2008)
  • Essence of an Angel (Corona)

As sideman

With Geri Allen

With Arthur Blythe

With Pee Wee Ellis

  • Twelve and More Blues (Minor Music, 1993)

With John Hicks

With Jimmy Ponder

With Stanley Turrentine

With Fred Wesley

  • Swing & Be Funky (Minor Music, 1993)
  • Amalgamation (Minor Music, 1994)

With Nancy Wilson


  1. "Mr. Bass strikes again – Dwayne Dolphin" (August 22, 2012). New Pittsburgh Courier.
  2. Kelsey, Chris " Dwayne Dolphin – Portrait of Adrian". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. "Dwayne Dolphin – Ming". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  4. "Dwayne Dolphin". Bonedog Records. Retrieved August 2, 2017.


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