Gary Peacock

Gary Peacock (born May 12, 1935) is an American jazz double-bassist.[1]

Gary Peacock
Peacock performing in July 2003
Background information
Born (1935-05-12) May 12, 1935
Burley, Idaho, United States
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1956–present
Associated actsPaul Bley, Albert Ayler, Masabumi Kikuchi, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Marc Copland


Peacock was born in Burley, Idaho. After military service in Germany in the early 1960s, he worked on the west coast with Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper, then moved to New York. He worked there with Bley, the Bill Evans Trio (with Paul Motian), and Albert Ayler's trio with Sunny Murray. There were also some live dates with Miles Davis, as a temporary substitute for Ron Carter.

Peacock spent time in Japan in the late 1960s, abandoning music temporarily and studying Zen philosophy. After returning to the United States in 1972, he studied Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and taught music theory at Cornish College of the Arts from 1976 to 1983.

In 1983, he joined Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with Jack DeJohnette (the three musicians had previously recorded Tales of Another in 1977 for ECM Records, under Peacock's leadership). Among the trio's albums are Standards, Vol. 1 and Standards, Vol. 2 and Standards Live.

With the breakup of the "Standards Trio" in 2014, Peacock decided to continue his career as the leader of his own piano trio, with Marc Copland on piano and Joey Baron on drums. His 80th birthday year (2015) saw him touring worldwide with this trio to support their ECM release.


As leader

With Tethered Moon (Trio with Masabumi Kikuchi and Paul Motian)

As sideman

With Franck Amsallem

  • Out a Day (OMD, 1990) with Bill Stewart

With Albert Ayler

With Paul Bley

With Bill Carrothers

With Marc Copland

  • My Foolish Heart (Jazz City, 1988) with John Abercrombie, Jeff Hershfield
  • All Blues at Night (Jazz City, 1989) with Tim Hagans, Bill Stewart
  • At Night (Sunnyside, 1992) with Billy Hart
  • Paradiso (Soul Note, 1995) with Billy Hart
  • Softly (Savoy, 1998) with Mike Brecker, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, Bill Stewart
  • What It Says (Sketch, 2004)
  • Modinha - New York Trio Recordings Vol. 1 (Pirouet, 2006) trio with Bill Stewart
  • Voices - New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2 (Pirouet, 2007) trio with Paul Motian
  • Insight (Pirouet, 2009)

With Marilyn Crispell

With Bill Evans

With Clare Fischer

With Keith Jarrett

With Barney Kessel

With Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons

With Misha Mengelberg

  • Driekusman Total Loss (VaraJazz (Netherlands), 1981, recorded in 1964)

With Don Pullen

With Bud Shank

With Ravi Shankar

With John Surman

With Ralph Towner

With Mal Waldron

With Tony Williams

With Jimmy Woods

With Toninho Horta

  • Once I Loved (Verve, 1992)
  • From Ton To Tom (VideoArts Music, 1998)



1961Toys on a Field of Bluecomposershort film
1964New York Eye and Ear Controlcomposershort film
1960Barefoot Adventuremusiciansurfing documentary
1985Keith Jarrett: Standardshimself (bass guitar)direct-to-video documentary
1993The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at Open Theatre Easthimself (bass guitar)direct-to-video documentary
2001Mostly Martha"Never Let Me Go" & "U Dance" performed by: (credited w/Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette)soundtrack


1962Frankly Jazzhimself (musician: bass)(TV series) original air date: November 10, 1962


  1. Matt Collar (May 12, 1935). "Gary Peacock | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
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