Trigger Alpert

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Trigger Alpert
Birth nameHerman Alpert
Born(1916-09-03)September 3, 1916
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 21, 2013(2013-12-21) (aged 97)
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.
Instrument(s)Double bass
Years active1930s–1970

Herman "Trigger" Alpert (September 3, 1916 – December 21, 2013) was an American jazz bassist from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Music career[edit]

A native of Indianapolis, Alpert attended Indiana University, where he studied music. Soon after, he played with guitarist Alvino Rey in New York City, then toured with the Glenn Miller band in the early 1940s. Alpert's enthusiastic playing style is on display during a performance of In the Mood in Sun Valley Serenade (1941).[citation needed]

During the rest of the decade, he worked with Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Bud Freeman, Woody Herman, Jerry Jerome, Bernie Leighton, Ray McKinley, Frank Sinatra, and Muggsy Spanier. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he recorded as a sideman with Don Elliott, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, Mundell Lowe, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, and the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. Alpert's only album as a leader was Trigger Happy (Riverside, 1956), which he recorded with Al Cohn, Urbie Green, Tony Scott, Ed Shaughnessy, Zoot Sims, and Joe Wilder.[1]

He was a member of the CBS Orchestra with a rhythm section of Hank Jones, Sonny Igoe, and Chuck Wayne until the late 1960s. He was with the CBS band for the television series the Garry Moore Show with Carol Burnett and with Barbra Streisand for the television specials My Name Is Barbra and Color Me Barbra.

Alpert wrote two instructional books: Walking the Bass (1958) and the Electric Bass (1968).[citation needed]

In 1970 he made his longtime interest in portrait photography a full-time profession. He died on December 21, 2013, at an assisted living facility in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.[2][3]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Coleman Hawkins

With Mundell Lowe

With Glenn Miller

  • 1987 Major Glenn Miller & the Army Air Force Band (1943–1944)
  • 1992 Moon Dreams
  • 1995 In True Stereo
  • 1996 1935–1942
  • 1996 We're Still in Love

With Ella Fitzgerald

  • 1993 75th Birthday Celebration
  • 1994 The War Years
  • 2003 How High the Moon
  • 2011 The Complete Masters 1935–55
  • 2004 Ella and Satchmo

With Buddy Rich

  • 1988 Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich
  • 1991 Buddy Rich & His Legendary '47–'48 Orchestra
  • 2008 Quiet Riot

With others


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Trigger Alpert". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ Soergel, Matt (1 January 2014). "Musician Trigger Alpert Dies at 97". St. Augustine. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Departments". Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Trigger Alpert | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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