Eddie Bert

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Eddie Bert
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Background information
Birth nameEdward Joseph Bertolatus
Born(1922-05-16)May 16, 1922
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 27, 2012(2012-09-27) (aged 90)
Danbury, Connecticut
GenresJazz, swing, avant-garde
Associated actsThelonious Monk, Benny Goodman,

Edward Joseph Bertolatus (May 16, 1922 – September 27, 2012), better known as Eddie Bert, was an American jazz trombonist.

Music career[edit]

Bert is featured on hundreds of recordings and recorded extensively as a leader on various labels including Savoy Records, Blue Note, Trans-World, Jazztone, and Discovery Records. Bert continued to play sold-out shows until his death[1] at the age of 90 on September 27, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut.[2][3]

Bert recorded and performed with many bands and orchestras. He spent the most time with Benny Goodman's Orchestra (1958–86), Charles Mingus (1955–74), The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1968–72), New York Jazz Repertory Company (1973–78), The American Jazz Orchestra (1986–92), Loren Schoenberg Orchestra (1986–2001), and Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Orchestra (1987–95).

Bert received a degree and a teaching license from the Manhattan School of Music (1957). He taught at Essex College, University of Bridgeport, and Western Connecticut State University.

His photography can be seen on Jazz Giants, To Bird with Love (Chan Parker and F. Pandras), and The Band that Never Was (Spotlight Records, album cover and liner notes).


  • Musician of the Year, Metronome magazine, 1955 [4]
  • Grammy for Musician of the Year, 1959
  • Honored at Town Hall, New York City, May 16, 2002
  • Honored at Jazz at the Kennedy Center with Billy Taylor, May 6, 2002
  • Rugers University Jazz Hall of Fame, 2009

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1953 Kaleidoscope (Fresh Sound)
  • 1953 Eddie Bert Quintet (Discovery)
  • 1955 Musician of the Year (Savoy)
  • 1955 Encore (Savoy)
  • 1955 Montage (Savoy) - shared album with John Mehegan and Donald Byrd
  • 1955 Modern Moods (Jazztone)
  • 1955 Let's Dig Bert (Transworld) (Somerset 1958 as Like Cool)
  • 1959 East Coast Sounds (Jazztone)
  • 1976 Skeleton of the Band (Backbone)
  • 1982 Kaleidoscope (Savoy Jazz reissue from 1950's)
  • 1992 Live at Birdland (Fresh Sound)
  • 1995 Human Factor (Fresh Sound)
  • 1999 Live at Capozzoli's (Woofy)
  • 2002 Walk on the Roots (Mothlight)
  • 2004 I Hear Music (Fresh Sound)
  • 2006 Crosstown (Fresh Sound (Savoy 1950's recordings)[5]

As sideman[edit]

With Coleman Hawkins

With Stan Kenton

With Charles Mingus

With Gil Mellé

With Thelonious Monk

With others

Broadway shows and movies[edit]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Bebop. Miller Freeman Books. pp. 242–43. ISBN 0-87930-608-4.
  2. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Jazz Articles: Trombonist Eddie Bert Dead at 90". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  3. ^ Keepnews, Peter (September 30, 2012). "Eddie Bert, Jazz Trombone Player, Dies at 90". The New York Times.
  4. ^ http://jazztimes.com/articles/19812-eddie-bert
  5. ^ "Eddie Bert | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2016.


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