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Eddie Bert

Trombonist Eddie Bert's career spans nearly seven decades of Jazz, from big bands to bebop and beyond. In addition to being a Jazz musician who's played with one and all, he's been a regular in Broadway show bands, and a first call studio player. Yet no matter what the musical setting, Eddie has always played his uniquely personal, warm and melodic style of Jazz.

When renowned Jazz leaders needed a dependable, original trombonist for a significant recording or event in the second half of the twentieth century, they turned to Eddie Bert. In fact, his resume reads like a Who's Who of modern Jazz, including musical relationships with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Machito, Tito Puente, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

There's a reason Eddie Bert has played with the Jazz masters—he's a truly gifted musician, a trombonist who has easily traversed eras and genres, from bop to swing, Mingus to Hampton, and Kenton to Herman. Eddie straddled the racial divide as well. He played in one of the first integrated big bands, Charlie Barnet's 1943 aggregation, which included Howard McGhee, Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Pettiford.

In addition to being one of the most dependable players in Jazz history, always in demand because of his sight reading skills and his ability to lend a passionate and individual approach to all music, Eddie is a soloist and arranger with a distinctive musical voice. In 1955, when he stopped playing only to sleep, he won Metronome's Musician of the Year award. He followed that with a top rated album of the same name for Savoy. He has led a number of other recordings during his distinguished career, featuring such sidemen as Duke Jordan, Joe Morello, Hank Jones and Kenny Clarke.

Interestingly, Eddie Bert reports that his major musical influences are saxophone players: "Lester Young was very important to me, as were Willie Smith, who taught me a lot about phrasing, and Budd Johnson. I worked with Budd and we used to hang around a lot. He had a great knowledge of music. My early influences on trombone were Trummy Young, Vic Dickenson and Benny Morton."

A participant in numerous Jazz history moments, Eddie is also a chronicler as well. Since his first days as a musician, he has kept a meticulous diary of everything he's done, including details of every gig and recording session, with the names of the other musicians and what they were paid for the gig. These notebooks have proven to be invaluable to Jazz historians, record producers and writers.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Repertoire Records


Like Cool

Repertoire Records


Modern Moods

Fresh Sound Records



Savoy Jazz




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