Will Bernard

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Will Bernard
Will Bernard dba.jpg
Wiil Bernard at the d.b.a. with Stanton Moore Trio, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2007
Background information
Years active1990s–present
LabelsWarner Bros, Ropeadope, Dreck to Disk Palmetto, Posi-Tone
Associated actsT.J. Kirk, Motherbug, Fully Loaded, Stanton Moore, Hieroglyphics Ensemble

Will Bernard is a jazz guitarist and band leader from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has led the Will Bernard Band, Will Bernard Trio, Will Bernard 4-tet, and Motherbug.

Bernard's first major touring and recording was with Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble. In the mid-1990s he joined guitarists Charlie Hunter and John Schott as T.J. Kirk. The band's name "James T. Kirk" combined the names James Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.[1] If Four Was One received a 1997 Grammy Award nomination.[2] Bernard also received a Grammy Award nomination for his album Party Hats in 2007.

Bernard has worked with Jai Uttal, The Coup, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Frequinox, Idris Muhammad, Lonnie Smith, Zigaboo Modeliste, Groundation, and the Stanton Moore Trio.[2][3] In January 2008 he recorded Blue Plate Special with John Medeski on keyboards, Stanton Moore on drums, and Andy Hess on bass guitar.[4]


As leader[edit]

With T.J. Kirk

  • T.J. Kirk (Warner Bros., 1995)
  • If Four Was One (Warner Bros., 1996)
  • Talking Only Makes It Worse (Ropeadope, 2003)

As sideman or guest[edit]

With Peter Apfelbaum

  • Signs of Life (Antilles, 1991)
  • Jodoji Brightness (Antilles, 1992)
  • Luminous Charms (Gramavision, 1996)
  • It Is Written (ACT, 2005)

With Stanton Moore

With Ben Sidran

  • Don't Cry for No Hipster (Nardis, 2012)
  • Picture Him Happy (Nardis, 2017)
  • Ben There, Done That: Ben Sidran Live Around the World (1975–2015) (Sunset Blvd, 2018)

With Jai Uttal

  • Beggars and Saints (Triloka, 1994)
  • Shiva Station (Triloka, 1997)

With others


  1. ^ Interview, Guitar Player Magazine, October 2007.
  2. ^ a b Michael Ricci, Biography, AllAboutJazz.com Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  3. ^ Biography Matt Collar, AllMusic.com. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Will Bernard Official Site - news. Retrieved September 14, 2008.

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