Idiodextrous Jazz Bassists

These are the few jazz bassists who made successful careers playing ‘back-to-front’. Click on the names below to read case studies, containing images, video, audio, biographies, anecdotes and other information:

Bud Loyacano (1879-1960)

Sherwood Mangiapane (1912-1992)

Earl May (1927-2008)

Tony Archer (1938-)

Lyles West (1956-)

Greg Gottlieb (1983-)

(NB: The information on these pages is abridged and the academic referencing has been removed to improve the flow. For the full text including references, you can visit the Research page and download a PDF of the thesis.)

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