Milt Bernhart

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Milt Bernhart
Milt Bernhart, 1947 or 1948 (William P. Gottlieb).jpg
Background information
Born (1926-05-25)May 25, 1926
Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.
Died January 22, 2004(2004-01-22) (aged 77)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trombone
Associated acts

Milt Bernhart (May 25, 1926 – January 22, 2004) was a West Coast jazz trombonist who worked with Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, and others. He supplied the exciting solo heard in the middle of Sinatra's popular 1956 recording of I've Got You Under My Skin, conducted by Nelson Riddle.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bernhart (occasionally spelled Bernhardt) began on tuba, but switched to trombone in high school. At 16 he worked in Boyd Raeburn's band and later had some "gigs" with Teddy Powell. After time in the United States Army he worked, off and on, with Stan Kenton for the next ten years. He is perhaps most associated with Kenton, but in 1955 he had his first album as a leader. In 1986 he was elected President of the Big Band Academy of America.[2]

Although known as "mild-mannered" or humorous, his brief period with Benny Goodman was one area that brought out his ire. He indicated working with Goodman was "the bottom", except for basic training in the Army, of his first 23 years of life. He called Goodman a "bore" and claimed he did nothing about the treatment Wardell Gray faced at a segregated club in Las Vegas. He even alleges that he quit because Goodman publicly humiliated Gray in front of an audience.[3]

Bernhart died of congestive heart failure in Glendale, California at the age of 77.[4]

Discography[edit]

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank
With Elmer Bernstein

With Sammy Davis Jr

With Maynard Ferguson

With Stan Kenton

With Johnny Mandel
With the Henri René Orchestra
With Lalo Schifrin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Richard (3 February 2004). "Trombonist who got under Frank Sinatra's skin". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Todd S. "West Coast trombonist and big-band enthusiast". Jazzhouse. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Milt Bernhart recalls a troubled tour with Benny Goodman". Jazz Professional. 25 January 1950. 
  4. ^ Oliver, Myrna (27 January 2004). "Milt Bernhart, 77; Trombonist's Solo With Sinatra Drew Praise". Los Angeles Times. 

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