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Jazz bassist Charles Mingus was also an influential bandleader and composer whose musical interests spanned from bebop to free jazz.

This list of jazz bassists includes performers of the double bass and, since the development of jazz-rock fusion in the 1970s, electric bass players.

The most influential jazz double bassists from the 1940s and 1950s include bassist Jimmy Blanton (1918–1942) (a member of the Duke Ellington band); Ray Brown (1926–2002), known for backing a number of beboppers, including alto virtuoso Charlie Parker; a singular creative force was Wilbur Ware (1923-1979) legendary bassist with Monk and others, hard bop bassist Ron Carter (born 1937); and Paul Chambers (1935–1969), a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

In the experimental post 1960s eras, which saw the development of free jazz and jazz-rock fusion, some of the influential bassists included Charles Mingus (1922–1979) and free jazz and post-bop bassist Charlie Haden (born 1937).

In the post-1970s era of jazz-rock fusion, the electric bass became an important jazz instrument; virtuoso Stanley Clarke (born 1951) played both the double bass and the electric bass. Fusion performer Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987) contributed to the development of a new approach to the fretless electric bass, with his creative use of harmonics and chords in his solo recordings.

In the 1990s and 2000s, one of the new "young lions" for jazz bass was Christian McBride (born 1972). JazzTimes names Avishai Cohen (born 1970) as "among the elite bassists on the scene today."

Jazz fusion bassist Jaco Pastorius was known for his expressive fretless electric bass playing.

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