Eddie Bert

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Eddie Bert
Eddie Bert.jpg
Background information
Birth name Edward Joseph Bertolatus
Born (1922-05-16)May 16, 1922
Yonkers, New York, USA
Died September 27, 2012(2012-09-27) (aged 90)
Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Genres Jazz, Swing Bebop, Hard Bop, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, Big Band Jazz, orchestral jazz, Free Jazz
Occupation(s) Trombonist
Associated acts Thelonious Monk, Benny Goodman,
Website www.eddiebert.com

Edward Joseph Bertolatus (May 16, 1922 – September 27, 2012), better known as Eddie Bert, was an American bebop jazz trombonist.

Biography[edit]

Eddie Bert was born in Yonkers, New York. His first job as a musician came in 1940 when he joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra. He later joined Red Norvo in 1941. He performed continuously with leading musicians including Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Woody Herman, and Charlie Barnet.

He is featured on hundreds of recordings and recorded extensively as a leader on various labels including Savoy Records, Blue Note, Trans-World, Jazztone, and Discovery Records.

He died on September 27, 2012 at his home in Danbury, Connecticut.[1][2] Bert continued to play sold-out shows until his death.[3]

Bands and orchestras[edit]

  • Sam Donahue 1940
  • Red Norvo 1941-43
  • Woody Herman 1943
  • Charlie Barnett 1943
  • Bill Finegan's Army Orchestra 1944-45
  • Sam Donahue 1946
  • Stan Kenton's Progressive Jazz Orchestra 1947-48
  • BG - Be-Bop Orchestra 1948-49
  • Stan Kenton 1950
  • Illinois Jacquet's Big Band - NY Paramount 1952
  • Stan Kenton 1955
  • Charles Mingus 1955-1974
  • BG - Newport Jazz Festival 1958
  • Benny Goodman's Orchestra 1958-86
  • Elliot Lawrence 1958-1968
  • BG - Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Empire Room 1959
  • Thelonious Monk 1959
  • Illinois Jacquet's Septet at Birdland 1960
  • BG - Swing into Spring Concert for TV 1964
  • Thelonious Monk 1964
  • performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall -
  • Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra 1968-72
  • Bobby Rosengarden's Orchestra - Dick Cavett TV Show, 1968-72
  • New York Jazz Repertory Company 1973-78
  • Toured Europe and Russia 1975-76
  • Lionel Hampton 1976-1980
  • Thelonious Monk 1981
  • Galt MacDermott's New Pulse Jazz Band 1984-86
  • Illinois Jacquet's Big Band 1984-86
  • BG - Let's Dance Concert for Public TV 1986
  • John Lewis' The American Jazz Orchestra 1986-92
  • Loren Shoenberg Orchestra 1986-2001
  • Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Orchestra 1987-95
  • George Gee 1991-2001
  • Illinois Jacquet's Big Band 1994-95
  • Tony Corpiscello 1995-96
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra 1996
  • Rich Szabo Jazz Orchestra 1996-98
  • Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians 1997
  • T. S. Monk 1997-2000
  • Bobby Short 1997-2001

Jazz festivals, awards, and specific concerts[edit]

  • Grammy Award for Musician of the Year, 1955
  • Musician of the Year Metronome Magazine, 1955
  • Guest Conductor and Soloist Venezuela Jazz Festival Caracas, Venezuela, 1957
  • Guest Conductor and Soloist Venezuela Jazz Festival Caracas, Venezuela, 1964
  • Music of Louis Armstrong" State Department Tour of USSR, 1975
  • Dick Gibbson's Jazz Party Denver, Colorado, 1979
  • Kool Jazz Festival Carnegie Hall, 1980
  • Orlando Jazz Festival Orlando, Florida, October 1981
  • Kool Jazz Festival Carnegie Hall, 1981
  • Dick Gibbson's Jazz Party Denver, Colorado, 1981
  • Kool Jazz Festival Carnegie Hall, 1982
  • Orlando Jazz Festival Orlando, Florida, August 1982
  • Kool Jazz Festival Carnegie Hall, 1983
  • Kool Jazz Festival Carnegie Hall, 1984
  • Echoes de Be-Bop Tour of Spain, November 1986
  • Tour of Holland Tour of Holland, June 1987
  • Tour of Italy Tour of Italy, October 1987
  • Guest Conductor and Soloist Venezuela Jazz Festival, Caracas, Venezuela, 1987
  • Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Band, Tour of Japan, 1988
  • Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Band, Tour of Japan (specifically Yokohama), 1989
  • Gene Harris - Philip Morris Superband, Tour of Five Continents, September–December 1989
  • Listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in Entertainment", 1989/1990 Edition
  • Mingus "Epitath" Gunther Schuller - Conductor Avery Fisher Hall NYC (recorded), June 3, 1989
  • Honored by the New York Brass Conference, Hotel Roosevelt, NYC, April 1990
  • Mingus "Epitath" Gunther Schuller - Conductor Tanglewood - Chicago Jazz Festival, 1990
  • Stan Kenton's 50th Anniversary "Back to Balboa" concert in Balboa California, May 30-June 2, 1991
  • Mingus "Epitath" Gunther Schuller - Conductor European Tour, October 20-November 10, 1991
  • "Memories of Benny" - Walt Levinsky's Orchestra Japanese High Definition T.V., January 31, 1992
  • "Tribute to Thelonious Monk" Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY, April 4, 1992
  • Guest Soloist Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 16–18, 1992
  • Featured Soloist "76 Trombone Plus Four", University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 1993
  • Soloist with Ralph Balze Trio Tivoli Terrace, Laguna Beach California (Arts Festival), July 25-August 6, 1994
  • Illinois Jacquet Orchestra "50 Years of Jazz at the Philharmonic", Carnegie Hall, NYC, September 27, 1994
  • West Cost Jazz" Hilton Hotel Redondo Beach California,October 27-October 30, 1994
  • Soloist with Ralph Balze Trio Tivoli Terrace, Laguna Beach California (Arts Festival), July 26-August 12, 1995
  • Illinois Jacquet Orchestra Jazz cruise aboard "The Norway", October 28-November 4, 1995
  • Tour of Spain Tour of Spain November 13-November 24, 1995
  • "Blowing Up a Storm" Concert Longbeach and Catalina Island California, May 22-May 26, 1996
  • Soloist with Ralph Balze Trio Tivoli Terrace, Laguna Beach California (Arts Festival), July 31-August 12, 1996
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra Tour of France, October 11-October 27, 1996
  • Monk on Monk Tour of Europe and USA, July 11-November 2, 1997
  • Bobby Short at the Café Carlyle, December 2-December 31, 1997
  • Monk Tentet Allstars Tour of Europe, March 9-March 29, 1998
  • Bobby Short at the Café Carlyle, May 6-June 28, 1998
  • Ken Peplowski Tour of Japan, November 1998
  • Bobby Short Café Carlyle, May–June 2000
  • Monk on Monk May 29, 2000
  • Monk Tentet Allstars Tour of Europe, July 2000
  • Eddie Bert Zurich, Switzerland, June 27 - July 1, 2001
  • Eddie Bert Hawaiian Jazz Festival, July 18–22, 2001
  • Eddie Bert Honored at Town Hall, NYC, May 16, 2002
  • Eddie Bert Honored at Jazz at the Kennedy Center with Billy Taylor, May 6, 2002
  • Inducted into Rugers University Jazz Hall of Fame

Broadway shows[edit]

Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Music, Master of Music Manhattan School of Music, 1957
  • Teaching License - Manhattan School of Music, 1957

Teaching[edit]

  • Associate Professor at Essex College, 1981-82
  • Associate Professor at University of Bridgeport, 1984-86
  • Associate Professor at Western Connecticut State University, 1996

Movies[edit]

  • Jam Session with Charlie Barnett (1943)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • School Daze (1987) - Spike Lee

Photographer[edit]

  • Jazz Giants - K Abe
  • To Bird with Love - Chan Parker and F. Pandras
  • The Band that Never Was Spotlight Records Album Cover and Liner notes

Selected discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader
  • Walk on the Roots (Mothlight, 1985-'89)
As sideman

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Jazz Articles: Trombonist Eddie Bert Dead at 90 - By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ Keepnews, Peter (30 September 2012). "Eddie Bert, Jazz Trombone Player, Dies at 90". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Bebop. Miller Freeman Books. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-87930-608-4. 

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