Coleridge Goode, Double-Bass Player for Django Reinhardt

“Echoes of France”

Coleridge Goode (November 29, 2014-October 2, 2015) was born into a musical family in Jamaica. He was named after Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer of Creole descent who was known as the “African Mahler.”

Goode emigrated to Britain at age 19 to study engineering, but switched to music under the influence of jazz greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington.


He recorded with Django Reinhardt in 1946 and was associated with the alto saxophonist Joe Harriott from 1958-1965. He rejoined Harriott in his Indo-Jazz Fusion projects with violinist John Mayer.

Laurie Morgan Trio with Coleridge Goode in London

Goode, who was 100 at his death, continued to perform into his nineties with the Laurie Morgan Trio Downstairs at King’s Head in Crouch End, London. His long life in music is chronicled in  Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz, the autobiography he wrote with co-author Roger Cotterell. Goode was a recipient of the Service to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in the House of Commons.