Spanky DeBrest

Jimmy "Spanky" DeBrest (April 24, 1937 in Philadelphia – March 2, 1973 in Philadelphia) was an American jazz bassist.[1]

DeBrest played with Lee Morgan in his early years in Philadelphia. In 1957 he was a member of Ray Draper's Quintet, Jackie McLean, pianist Mal Waldron, and drummer Ben Dixon.[2]

He played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers until 1958 which included Bill Hardman on trumpet and certain sessions with Thelonious Monk on piano. Other credits include work with John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan, Ray Draper, Lee Morgan, and J. J. Johnson. His last recordings were made in 1971.


With Art Blakey

With John Coltrane

With Ray Draper

With J. J. Johnson

With Clifford Jordan

With Harold Corbin

  • Soul Brother (Roulette – Birdland Series, 1960)

With Lee Morgan

  • We Remember You (Fresh Sound, 1991; recorded 1962)


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