Bertha Hope has been an active force in improvised
music since the early 60's. Her long association with
pianist/composer Elmo Hope resulted in a host of
recorded compositions and arrangements, currently
performed by the Elmo Hope Project, in which Bertha is
During her long and respectful career, she has continued
to present Elmo's music, whether on her recordings or in
the many concerts and club appearances she has given.
She is also the leader of her own trio (with Walter Booker
and Jimmy Cobb), as well as being a member of the
group Jazzberry Jam!
She has worked extensively over the years to transcribe
many of the Elmo Hope compositions so that they can be
performed and in addition, pay tribute to one of “be-
bop’s” underrated contributors