Ed Bickert was born in Hochfeld, Manitoba on November 29th, 1932, and raised in Vernon, British
Columbia. His early interest in guitar was in part influenced by his musical household (his mother and
father played piano and guitar in country bands). He was self-taught, developing an interest in jazz
harmony by studying and analyzing Stan Kenton records. Via radio broadcasts from the American West
Coast, he heard and was influenced by Nat "King" Cole Trio guitarist Oscar Moore, Barney Kessel and
Les Paul. In his early teens he gained experience by playing onstage with his parents.
In 1952 Ed moved to Toronto, working as a radio station engineer and playing after-hours jazz clubs
on the side