Eddie Bert

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Eddie Bert

Eddie Bert (born May 16, 1922 in Yonkers , New York as Edward Joseph Bertolatus , † September 28, 2012 ) was an American jazz trombonist .

life and work

Bert had lessons from Benny Morton when he appeared in the Count Basie Orchestra in the Famous Door , and later also from Miff Mole and Trummy Young . He first played with Sam Donahue (1940), Red Norvo (1941-1943), Woody Herman and Charlie Barnet (1943) and then served in an army band led by Bill Finegan from his military service.

After the war he was a member of the bands of Herbie Fields (1946) and Stan Kenton (1947); from 1950 he was employed again in Big Band Woody Hermans; then he played in Bill Harris ' band with three trombones and in 1951 again in the Kenton band. In March 1952, Eddie Bert recorded two '78 records for Discovery under his own name ; in his band played u. a Sal Salvador , Clyde Lombardi and Frank Isola ("Malshaja" / "The Ming Tree").
He studied at the Manhattan School of Music , where he received his Masters in 1957. After engagements with Herbie Fields and Ray McKinley , the collaboration with Charles Mingus began in December 1955 : the band leader and bassist also played with George Barrow , Mal Waldron and Max Roach in the New York jazz club Café Bohemia . Bert played with fluid elegance without immediately solidifying into virtuosity (Weber / Filtgen). With the pieces Jump Monk , Percussion Discussion , Worksong and the jazz standard All The Things You Are , changed to All You Things You C , Mingus' musical ideas began to take shape at this concert.

Eddie Bert also played in the nonet by Gigi Gryce ( Nica's Tempo ), with the Metronome All-Stars , Tom Talbert , Tony Aless (1956), Lena Horne (1957), Benny Goodman (1957/58) and John Glasel (1959) ). Thelonious Monk also worked in the big band project in 1959 and then worked as a theater musician on Broadway , which was his main occupation in 1986. Around 1960 he also worked with Thelonious Monk, Gil Mellé and Chubby Jackson . In 1965 he recorded the score for Mickey One with Stan Getz and the Eddie Sauter Orchestra . In the early 1970s he was a member of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra and in 1972 he took part in the Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert concert . Then he was u. a. travels with Lionel Hampton (1976-1980), played with Bobby Rosengarden's television orchestra on the Dick Cavett Show, the John Lewis- directed American Jazz Orchestra , the New York Jazz Repertory Company , Illinois Jacquet , the Ellington Orchestra and the late 1990s with TS Monk .

In the 1980s he played in Loren Schoenberg's orchestra, the Gene Harris Band, in Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Orchestra and was also involved in Gunther Schuller's epitaph project. In 1991 he performed with JR Monterose and a joint quintet in New York's Birdland . He performed repeatedly until 2009.

Eddie Bert recorded several albums under his own name as early as the 1950s, but mainly attracted attention as a team player. He also made a name for himself as a jazz photographer, whose photos have appeared in the books Jazz Giants and From Bird with Love . The Metronome Magazine named him Musician of the Year in 1955 . Bert also wrote the book Eddie Bert Trombone Method (published by Chas. Colin Publ.).

Discographic notes

Albums as a leader

Albums as a sideman

Lexical entry

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  1. Obituary in ( Memento of the original from October 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. JazzTimes @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / jazztimes.com
  2. The reference to the Savoy albums Eddie Berts as leader is taken from the facsimile of the original LP Howard McGhee & Milt Jackson (Savoy / Denon), which contained additional references to new releases at the time.