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All About Jazz user Frank Herzberg

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Bassist Frank Herzberg - born in East Berlin - began playing drums at the age of 7. Influenced strongly by his older brother, the bassist Hartmut Herzberg, he switched to the instrument which captured his heart.

He became a violin maker in Markneukirchen - one of Germanys centres of instrument making and started in 1990 to study double bass at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Kammervirtuose Gerd Reinke.

Frank won a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he was lucky to take classes with Charlie Banacos and Hal Crook in Jazz Improvisation and graduated from Berklee with the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and Performance.

Frank returned to Berlin, where he completed his classical studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. Since 1997, Frank has lived in São Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a bassist with different jazz formations and is a member of the bass section in the Symphonic Band of São Paulo.

Frank Herzberg has appeared on nearly 60 CD's as a bassist, plays regularly with his own trio, and with the Marta Karassawa Quintet, John Stein Group, and the André Juarez Quartet, among others. He works also as a studio musician and producer for instrumental music in Brazil. He appears regularly at festivals giving concerts and workshops about improvisation.

During his carrier he has appeared on stage, in the studio, or in workshops with Horace Sliver, Antonio Sanchez, John Stein, Zé Eduardo Nazário, Ithamara Koorax, Bocato, Guilherme Franco, Teco Cardoso, André Juarez, Torsten de Winkel, Bob Moses, Jaques Schwartzbart, Steve Hass, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch, Andre Pawelski, and Chris Allen, among others.

Frank Herzberg works as a acoustic bassist in various orchestras in Brazil, including the Symphonic Band/São Paulo, Jazzsinfonic Orchester/São Paulo, and Orquestra Mediterrânia, where he has accompanied well-known musicians like David Liebman, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Ginga, and Airto Moreira, among others.

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