Bertha Hope

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Bertha Hope-Booker
Birth nameBertha Rosemond[1]
Born(1936-11-08)November 8, 1936
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation(s)Musician, band leader
Associated actsWalter Booker, Elmo Hope, Jazzberry Jam

Bertha Hope-Booker (née Rosemond,[1] born November 8, 1936 in Los Angeles, California[2]) is an American jazz pianist and jazz educator. She is the widow of fellow pianist Elmo Hope, with whom she collaborated.[3] She has toured Europe and Japan and played with a diverse group of artists.[4] In the 1990s, she had her first CDs as a leader and additionally worked with her later husband,[5] bassist Walter Booker.[6]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1990* In Search of Hope SteepleChase
1991 Elmo's Fire SteepleChase Sextet, with Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Junior Cook and Dave Riekenberg (tenor sax), Walter Booker (bass), Leroy Williams (drums)
1992 Between Two Kings Minor Trio, with Walter Booker (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)
1999 Nothin' But Love Reservoir Trio, with Walter Booker (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

As sidewoman[edit]

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1961 Elmo Hope Hope-Full Riverside
2009* Jon Irabagon The Observer Concord


  1. ^ a b Weeks, Todd Bryant (2010) "Bertha Hope-Booker Interviewed for Allegro, January 13, 2010". Transcript of interview for Allegro. pp. 2–3.
  2. ^ Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, pp. 738–739. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Jazz Berry Jam bio". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Owen McNally (August 28, 1997). "Many Colors of Woman Concert Features Pianist Bertha Hope". The Courant. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Scott, Ron (November 30, 2006) "Bassist Walter Booker Dies at 73". New York Amsterdam News. p. 25.
  6. ^ Leslie Gourse, Madame Jazz, Oxford University Press, 1996, p. 165. Retrieved November 16, 2013.

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