Crap. My favorite living bass player (Charles Mingus would be my all-time fav) is no longer living. I think I've mentioned it before, but if you love great music, do yourself a favor and get out and see some live jazz by the living legends. A good lot of them are in their 70s and aren't long for this world.
I got to enjoy Ray Brown's work live on several occasions, but the bay area doesn't have the level of regular, high-quality jazz that the Los Angeles area commands.