Conrad Herwig

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Conrad Herwig
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Conrad Herwig at the Blue Note
Background information
Birth nameLee Conrad Herwig III
Born(1959-11-01)November 1, 1959
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Years active1980's–present
LabelsKen, Half Note, Criss Cross

Lee Conrad Herwig III an American jazz trombonist from New York City.[1][2][3]


Herwig began his career in Clark Terry's band in the early 1980s[4] and has been a featured member in the Joe Henderson Sextet, Tom Harrell's Septet and Big Band, and the Joe Lovano Nonet (featured as a soloist on Lovano's Grammy Award-winning 52nd Street Themes). He also performs and records with Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta II and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet, Michel Camilo's 3+3, the Mingus Big Band (often serving as musical director, and was an arranger on the 2007 Grammy nominated Live at the Tokyo Blue Note), the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, and Jeff "Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band, among many others.

A Voice Through the Door on Criss Cross Jazz and the Tip of the Sword on RadJazz Music featured Richie Beirach and Jack DeJohnette. He has recorded several highly acclaimed projects in the Afro-Caribbean jazz genre, including the Grammy nominated the Latin Side of Joe Henderson featuring Joe Lovan for Half Note Records. This is the follow-up project to the Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis, and, the Latin Side of John Coltrane. All three were nominated for Grammy Awards (in 2009, 2005, and 1998 respectively) and recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Featured musicians included Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Valentin, Eddie Palmieri, and Randy Brecker. Herwig's other solo recordings on Criss Cross are A Jones for Bones Tones, Obligation, Land of Shadow, Hieroglyphica, Unseen Universe, Osteology, and Heart of Darkness, which received 4 and 1/2 stars in Down Beat. He has been voted No. 1 Jazz Trombonist in the 1998, 1999, and 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critics' Poll and ranked highly on several occasions in the past decade. Herwig has been nominated for Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association on multiple occasions, including in 2015.

Herwig has conducted master classes, seminars and workshops at hundreds of universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Köln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York; and the University of Southern California.

The recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Herwig is a professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation, and jazz composition and arrangement at Rutgers University.[5] He was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trombone Association.[6][7][8][9] His personal instrument is a brass/nickel silver Rath R10.[10]

Herwig is an alumnus of North Texas State University[4] in Denton, Texas, where he performed in the One O'Clock Lab Band. He attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and Queens College, CUNY.


As leader[edit]

  • With Every Breath (Ken, 1987)
  • New York Hardball (Ken, 1989)
  • The Amulet (Ken, 1991)
  • Intimate Conversations (Ken, 1990)
  • New York Breed (Double-Time, 1996)
  • Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place, 1996)
  • Heart of Darkness (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • Osteology (Criss Cross, 1999)
  • Trio de Barnardo Sassetti (Groove-Movieplay, 2000)
  • Unseen Universe (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • Hieroglyphica (Criss Cross, 2001)
  • Shades of Light with Andy LaVerne (SteepleChase, 2002)
  • Land of Shadow (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis (Half Note, 2004)
  • Que Viva Coltrane with Brian Lynch (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • Obligation (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • Sketches of Spain y Mas (Half Note, 2006)
  • A Jones for Bones Tones (Criss Cross, 2007)
  • The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, featuring Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch (Half Note, 2008)
  • The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, featuring Eddie Palmieri and Randy Brecker (Half Note, 2010)
  • The Tip of the Sword, featuring Richie Beirach and Jack DeJohnette (RadJazz, 2011)
  • A Voice Through the Door, (Criss Cross, 2012)
  • The Latin Side of Joe Henderson, featuring Joe Lovano (Half Note, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Al Di Meola

With Joe Henderson

With Paquito D'Rivera

  • A Night In Englewood (1993)

With Eddie Palmieri

With India & Eddie Palmieri

With Tito Puente & Eddie Palmieri


  1. ^ Biography Index, A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines; Volume 22: September 1996 — August 1997, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1997)
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz, fourth edition, edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Backbeat Books, San Francisco (2002)
  3. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, three volumes, edited by Barry Kernfeld, Macmillan Publishers, London (2001) OCLC 232175971
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Thom; Kelsey, Chris. "Conrad Herwig: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  5. ^ "Profile: Conrad Herwig". Rutgers. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  6. ^ Richie Beirach, Liner notes: New York Hardball (CD) Ken Music, 002 (1991) OCLC 33825234
  7. ^ Jean-Pol Schroeder, Conrad Herwig: un mutant à coulisse?, Jazz in Time (Belgium), no.37 (1992), 8 OCLC 367646539
  8. ^ Willard Jenkins, Conrad Herwig, JazzTimes, xxvii/2 (1997), 23
  9. ^ Mark Gilbert, Herwig, Conrad, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed., Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press
  10. ^ "Artists". Michael Rath Trombones. Michael Rath Trombones. Retrieved 31 January 2015.

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