Bernard Anderson

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Bernard Anderson
Birth name Bernard
Also known as "Step-Buddy"
Genres Jazz, Hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1910–1966, 1978–1997
Associated acts Jay McShann, Billy Eckstine

Bernard Hartwell "Step-Buddy" Anderson (1919–1997) was an American jazz trumpeter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1] Having studied music at school under Zelia N. Breaux,[1] Anderson was a professional musician by 1934, playing with the Ted Armstrong band in Clinton, Oklahoma. In the late 1930s he was a member of the Xavier University jazz band in New Orleans.

In 1939 Anderson returned to Oklahoma City and joined the Leslie Sheffield band that included Charlie Christian, another Zelia Breaux pupil.[2] In 1940 he went to Kansas City and became trumpeter for the Jay McShann band, which included Charlie Parker on alto saxophone, Ben Webster on tenor saxophone, bassist Gene Ramey, drummer Gus Johnson and blues shouter Walter Brown.[3]

Shortly after joining the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in 1944, he caught tuberculosis and was medically advised to abandon the trumpet. He played his own unique style of piano after putting down the trumpet.

In 1978, Anderson was encouraged by a group of friends and medical students from Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, to pick the trumpet up again. He began playing and eventually performed with many local Kansas City artists, including Ernie Williams.


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