Will Bernard

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Will Bernard
Wiil Bernard at the d.b.a. with Stanton Moore Trio at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2007
Wiil Bernard at the d.b.a. with Stanton Moore Trio at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2007
Background information
BornBerkeley, California
Years active1990s–present
LabelsAntilles, Palmetto, Posi-Tone

Will Bernard is a guitarist and band leader. He has led the Will Bernard Band, Will Bernard Trio, Will Bernard 4-tet, and Motherbug.


In the 1980s Bernard was a member of the Hieroglyphics Ensemble led by Peter Apfelbaum.[1] In the 1990s he formed the band T. J. Kirk in San Francisco with Charlie Hunter and John Schott. The band's name "James T. Kirk" was taken from James Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.[2][3] Palmetto released his debut solo album, Blue Plate Special, in 2008.[1] He has also worked with The Coup, John Ellis, John Medeski, Stanton Moore, and Jai Uttal.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Grammy Award nomination, If Four Was One, 1997[4]


As leader[edit]

  • Medicine Hat (Antilles, 1998)
  • Motherbug (Dreck to Disk, 2000)
  • Directions to My House (Dreck to Disk, 2005)
  • Party Hats (Palmetto, 2007)
  • Blue Plate Special (Palmetto, 2008)
  • Night for Day (Bju, 2008)
  • Outdoor Living (Dreck to Disk, 2012)
  • Just Like Downtown (Posi-Tone, 2013)
  • Out and About (Posi-Tone, 2016)
  • Freelance Subversives (Ropeadope, 2020)
  • Ancient Grains (Posi-Tone, 2021)

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[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

With Jai Uttal

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

With others


  1. ^ a b c Collar, Matt. "Will Bernard". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ Interview, Guitar Player, October 2007.
  3. ^ Meredith, Bill. "T.J. Kirk". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  4. ^ Michael Ricci, Biography, AllAboutJazz.com Retrieved September 6, 2007.

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