Donald Neff Bagley
American Jazz Bassist
1927 ~ 2012
Donald Neff Bagley was born July 18,1927 in Salt Lake City the youngest son of Lewis Loraine and Laurance Elaine Bagley. He received formal training in double bass also earning degrees from Los Angeles City College and Pierce College also in Los Angeles. Professionally, Don started with the Hollywood Teenagers in 1944. He then served in the Navy from 1945 until 1949, playing with the Navy band on location as assigned.
Following his time in the service, he played with Stan Kenton from 1950 until 1954 and again later in his career. Don was a much sought after and admired arranger, producer, composer and conductor and he continued to work on projects in recent years and was constantly augmenting his vast knowledge taking classes and participating in forums and workshops. In his career he worked with Burt Bacharach, Shelly Manne, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon among countless others. He toured with legendary jazz performers and popular artists including Julie London, June Christie and Sarah Vaughan. He arranged, played and conducted for many recordings including Carols De Christmas which went platinum. Don’s work can also be heard in the many movies and T.V. shows, including the score for the first Spiderman movie. A consummate Jazz bassist, Don released three solo albums, Basically Bagley, Jazz On The Rocks and Soft Sell. He conducted several Christmas productions with The London Symphony and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.Don was a member of The Songwriter’s Guild, The Composers and Lyricists Guild and The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers where he served on its board of directors. In addition, he was a long time member of musicians local 47 in Los Angeles.
Survivors include, grandchildren, Jordan, Jasmin, Celestine and Chanel and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces and nephews in the Salt Lake area who will mark his passing. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tiffani, his wife Mimi whom he married in 1951, and siblings Louis, Stuart, John (Jack), Ben, and Marjorie Turner.
Memorial services held in the Northridge 1st L.D.S. Ward, Northridge, Calif., Monday July 30, 2012, at 10 A.M. Graveside services held at Wasatch Lawn; Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wed., August 1, 2012, at 10 A.M.