Bernard Addison

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Bernard 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.[2] In 1935 he did what might be his most noted song, "Toledo Shuffle", with Freddie Jenkins.[3]


  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. 
  2. ^ Big Band site
  3. ^ Classic Jazz

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