Berman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He began touring at age sixteen and performed with Louis Prima, Harry James and Benny Goodman but is best known for his later work with Woody Herman. Berman was distinguished by his passionate and innovative soloing and his versatility of tone—ranging from bold and emotional to sweetly muted. He was also known for his sense of humor which often made its way into a playfulness and joyfulness found in his solo work.
- Sidewalks of Cuba (with Woody Herman), 1946
- Curbstone Scuffle, 1947
- Woodchopper's Holiday,1946
- Jazz Immortal 1946, released 1954 [Esoteric ES-532]
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