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Ed Bickert

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

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More

Read "Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Porter and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The 587th Episode of Neon Jazz is ushered in by the sounds of Lewis Porter on the keys and followed by those of his friend Dizzy Gillespie. From there, we look into Kansas City-born, New York-based trumpeter Dave Scott with a cut off his new CD In Search of Hipness. We then move on to the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

More From The Late Ed Bickert With Paul Desmond

More From  The Late Ed Bickert With Paul Desmond

Following yesterday’s announcement about the loss of the brilliant Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert, here is a piece from the 1975 Paul Desmond Quartet album Live, recorded at Bourbon Street in Toronto in 1975. We hear Bickert and Desmond with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Jerry Fuller. They play Desmond’s composition “Wendy." Desmond based “Wendy” on the ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Ed Bickert, 1932-2019

Ed Bickert, 1932-2019

One of Canada’s finest musicians, guitarist Ed Bickert, died on Thursday. He was 86. He was quiet and reserved, but the rich harmonies in Bickert’s playing captivated listeners and fellow musicians alike. Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, with whom Bickert performed and recorded in the 1970s, wrote in the notes for one of his albums that he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Humphrey Lyttelton: In Canada

Read "In Canada" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The most prolific of the British trad jazz revivalists, trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton had a long and varied career both as a musician and a broadcaster. In 1983 Lyttelton lead a Toronto based group on a session for Sackville interpreting eight songs penned by him. In Canada now reissued on Delmark showcases not only Lyttleton's superb trumpet ...

Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault

Read "Mark Kleinhaut, Nat Janoff, Guillermo Bazzola, and Shan Arsenault" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our second installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Ed Bickert: Canada's Secret

Ed Bickert: Canada's Secret

Canadian jazz artists don't get enough respect. American fans swoon over Belgians (Bobby Jaspar), French (Martial Solal), British (Tubby Hayes) and even Argentines (Gato Barbieri). But when it comes to Canada, many jazz fans yawn, viewing them as doppelgängers at best, or pale comparisons to U.S. jazz musicians. The problem has always been that Canadian jazz never ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Sullivan: Whisky Jack Waltz

Read "Whisky Jack Waltz" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator Joe Sullivan grew up in a large Franco-Ontarian family in the Northern Ontario town of Timmins. As a youth, music was a part of daily life. Sullivan began his formal training on piano and at the age of fifteen he also started playing the trumpet. In his formative years, Sullivan led ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jim Hall: Live, Now and Then

Read "Jim Hall: Live, Now and Then" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

[ This interview was originally published on July 16, 2013. ] Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential guitarists in modern jazz, Jim Hall has had an extraordinary musical career that spans more than half a century. His style is marked not by soaring speed or virtuoso technique but by his explorative artistry ...


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