Michael Henderson: 1951-2022

Bassist’s career includes work with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin

July 20, 2022

Bassist Michael Henderson passed away Tuesday, July 19, from an undisclosed illness.

Henderson, best known for his work with jazz icon Miles Davis during the ’70s, also performed with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and many others. He also released several solo albums.

The following statement was made on Henderson’s Facebook page:

Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia… Bless his heart and soul… He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews and incessant touring which he loved…

Comments on Michael Henderson: 1951-2022

  1. Eric says:

    Wow! I have 90 percent of his music. As a solo artist and his collaboration with Norman Connors. Just last year found the album he was on with Miles Davis. Boy he had a voice AND a groove on that bass. He used to come Philly to performed @ North by Northwest (which is no more😠) and turned the place out! He would definitely be missed. My condolences goes to his family and fellow musicians. May he R.I.P.

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Beautiful tribute, Eric. Thanks.

  2. Thomas Shell says:

    I first heard of Michael Henderson when I was in college in the 70s. I knew him only as a singer on Norman Connors records. Then I purchased his first two solo recordings. On the second album “Going Places,” Roberta Flack wrote liner notes. Part of those notes mentioned Michael as “a virtuoso bassist.” I was just starting to learn the instrument, so this was a pleasant surprise! So I researched and found that he played with Stevie Wonder, Miles, Motown, and Norman Connors. He was every bit a great player! I could definitely hear the Jamerson influence. I “spoke” to him several times on his Facebook page. He always read and responded to his fans in some way. He will be truly missed. Prayers and condolences to the family.

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      A huge loss indeed. Thanks, Thomas.

  3. Kevin MacDonald says:

    We’re losing many of the greats.I’m getting up there myself so I notice this more.At least we’ll always have their performances recorded for the ages.

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      That’s true, Kevin. Thank goodness for those great recordings!

  4. Keith says:

    Michael Henderson was an incredible bassist and singer! He was a contributor to the original fusion movement that shook the world of jazz and is my favorite musical genre. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. R.I.P Mr. Henderson.

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      We’ll said, Keith. Thanks.

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