My Man’s Done Gone

Bill Evans Trio

Scott LaFaro

Double bassist Rocco Scott LaFaro was born April 3, 1936 in Livingston, New Jersey. His family moved to Geneva in upstate New York when he was five.

Scott LaFaro began playing double bass when he was eighteen shortly before college.

He left school during his sophomore year to tour with Buddy Morrow’s big band.

After departing from the group on the West Coast he decided to remain to take part in the highly competitive Los Angeles music scene.

By 1959 LaFaro had made a name for himself as one of the best young bassist and started working with pianist Bill Evans and drummer Paul Motian.

He became Charlie Haden’s replacement in Ornette Coleman’s band in January 1961.

In the summer of 1961 Scott LaFaro died in an automobile accident in Flint, New York two days after the Newport Jazz Festival where he accompanied Stan Getz.

His final recorded work can be heard on the albums “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” and “Waltz for Debby”, produced with the Bill Evans Trio just weeks before.