- Category : 1921-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (25,59)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Sphinx 3
American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist, known as a founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
In 1949, he was the only black member of the band for You Bet Your Life, a TV and radio show hosted by Groucho Marx. In the 1950s, he worked as a studio musician with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and Nelson Riddle.
In 1955 he was a founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, playing chamber jazz flute with guitarist Jim Hall, cellist Fred Katz, and bassist Carson Smith. He also taught, and his students included Charles Mingus, James Newton, Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd, and Frank Morgan. He helped merge an all-black musicians' union with an all-white musicians' union.
Buddy Collette died on 19 September 2010 at age 89 in Los Angeles.