Bernard Addison

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Bernard Addison
Birth nameBernard Sylvester Addison
Born(1905-04-15)April 15, 1905
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
DiedDecember 18, 1990(1990-12-18) (aged 85)
Rockville Centre, New York
GenresJazz, swing
Years active1920–1970s

Bernard Sylvester Addison (April 15, 1905 – December 18, 1990) was a jazz guitarist.


He studied mandolin and violin at an early age. After moving with his family to Washington, D.C., he and led a group on banjo with Claude Hopkins. He switched to guitar when he worked with Louis Armstrong in 1930. He also worked with (in chronological order) Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Adelaide Hall, Jelly Roll Morton, Bubber Miley, Coleman Hawkins, the Mills Brothers, Mezz Mezzrow, Teddy Bunn, Stuff Smith, and Sidney Bechet.[1]

Addison served in the military during World War II. During the 1950s, he played with the Ink Spots, Eubie Blake, and participated in a Fletcher Henderson reunion.[1]


  1. ^ a b Vaché Sr., Warren (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 16. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.

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