Bernard Addison

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Bernard Addison
Birth name Bernard Sylvester Addison
Born (1905-04-15)April 15, 1905
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Origin Washington, D.C.
Died December 18, 1990(1990-12-18) (aged 85)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Banjo, guitar

Bernard Addison (April 15, 1905 – December 18, 1990)[1] was a jazz guitarist who began as a banjo player in the 1920s. He became interested in banjo when he moved to Washington, D.C. in his youth. In 1930 he switched to guitar to fill in for a Louis Armstrong's guitarist. He would also work with Jelly Roll Morton and the Mills Brothers. In 1935 he did what might be his most noted song, "Toledo Shuffle", with Freddie Jenkins.


  1. ^ Vaché, Warren, Sr. (2002). "Addison, Bernard (Sylvester)". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 16. ISBN 1561592846. 

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