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Eddie Bert

Eddie Bert

American musician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American musician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Jazz musician
Gender male
Birth May 16, 1922 (Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, U.S.A.)
Death September 27, 2012 (Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, U.S.A.)
Eddie Bert
The details

Edward Joseph Bertolatus (May 16, 1922 – September 27, 2012), better known as Eddie Bert, was an American jazz trombonist.

Music career

Edward Joseph Bertolatus was born in Yonkers, New York. His first job as a musician came in 1940 when he joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra. He later joined Red Norvo in 1941. He performed continuously with leading musicians including Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet, Woody Herman, and Charlie Barnet.

He is featured on hundreds of recordings and recorded extensively as a leader on various labels including Savoy Records, Blue Note, Trans-World, Jazztone, and Discovery Records. Bert continued to play sold-out shows until his death at the age of 90 on September 27, 2012 in Danbury, Connecticut.

Bert recorded and performed with many bands and orchestras. He spent the most time with Benny Goodman's Orchestra (1958–86), Charles Mingus (1955–74), The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1968–72), New York Jazz Repertory Company (1973–78), The American Jazz Orchestra (1986–92), Loren Schoenberg Orchestra (1986–2001), and Walt Levinsky's Great American Swing Orchestra (1987–95).

Bert received a degree and a teaching license from the Manhattan School of Music (1957). He taught at Essex College, University of Bridgeport, and Western Connecticut State University.

His photography can be seen on Jazz Giants, To Bird with Love (Chan Parker and F. Pandras), and The Band that Never Was (Spotlight Records, album cover and liner notes).


  • Musician of the Year, Metronome magazine, 1955
  • Grammy for Musician of the Year, 1959
  • Honored at Town Hall, New York City, May 16, 2002
  • Honored at Jazz at the Kennedy Center with Billy Taylor, May 6, 2002
  • Rugers University Jazz Hall of Fame, 2009

Selected discography

As leader

  • 1953 Kaleidoscope (Fresh Sound)
  • 1953 Eddie Bert Quintet (Discovery)
  • 1955 Musician of the Year (Savoy)
  • 1955 Encore (Savoy)
  • 1955 Montage (Savoy) - shared album with John Mehegan and Donald Byrd
  • 1955 Modern Moods (Jazztone)
  • 1955 Let's Dig Bert (Transworld) (Somerset 1958 as Like Cool)
  • 1959 East Coast Sounds (Jazztone)
  • 1976 Skeleton of the Band (Backbone)
  • 1982 Kaleidoscope (Savoy Jazz reissue from 1950's)
  • 1992 Live at Birdland (Fresh Sound)
  • 1995 Human Factor (Fresh Sound)
  • 1999 Live at Capozzoli's (Woofy)
  • 2002 Walk on the Roots (Mothlight)
  • 2004 I Hear Music (Fresh Sound)
  • 2006 Crosstown (Fresh Sound (Savoy 1950's recordings)

As sideman

With Coleman Hawkins
  • Timeless Jazz (Jazztone, 1954)
  • Accent on Tenor Sax (Urania, 1955)

With Stan Kenton

  • Stan Kenton's Milestones (Capitol)
  • Stan Kenton Classics
  • A Presentation of Progressive Jazz
  • Encores
  • Popular Favorites by Stan Kenton
  • The Kenton Era

With Charles Mingus

  • 1955: Mingus at the Bohemia (Debut)
  • 1960: Pre Bird (Mercury (Verve subsidiary) (Limelight 1965 as Mingus Revisited)
  • 1962: The Complete Town Hall Concert (Blue Note)
  • 1972: Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert (Columbia)

With Gil Mellé

  • Gil Mellé Quintet/Sextet (Blue Note, 1953)
  • Patterns in Jazz (Blue Note, 1956)

With Thelonious Monk

  • 1959: At Town Hall (OJC)
  • 1963: Big Band and Quartet in Concert (Columbia)

With others

  • 1938: Nuances by NorvoRed Norvo (Hep, 1938–42)
  • 1950: Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions (Verve, 1950–54)
  • 1954: Rugolomania (Columbia), New Sounds by Pete Rugolo (Harmony)
  • 1955: Duke Jordan Trio and QuintetDuke Jordan (Signal) (Savoy 1959)
  • 1955: Kenny Clarke & Ernie Wilkins - the Kenny Clarke-Ernie Wilkins Septet (Savoy, 1955)
  • 1956: Sounds by SocolowFrank Socolow (Bethlehem)
  • 1956: Metronome All-Stars 1956 (Verve)
  • 1956: Drummer's HolidayLouis Bellson (Verve)
  • 1956: Jay and Kai + 6J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding (Columbia)
  • 1956: Word from BirdTeddy Charles (Atlantic)
  • 1957: Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song (Atlantic)
  • 1957: Jazz Concerto Grosso (ABC-Paramount) with Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer
  • 1958: Legrand JazzMichel Legrand (Philips)
  • 1959: You and LeeLee Konitz (Verve)
  • 1962: Bluesin' AroundKenny Burrell (Columbia [1983])
  • 1965: Mickey OneStan Getz with the Eddie Sauter Orchestra (Verve)
  • 1966: Brass on FireManny Albam (Sold State)
  • 1969: The Ballad of Jazz StreetNat Pierce (Hep)
  • 1973: I Want a Country ManDakota Staton (Groove Merchant)
  • 1978: Starfingers - Sal Salvador (Bee Hive)
  • 1980: Empire Jazz - Ron Carter (RSO)
  • 1989: Live at Town HallGene Harris (Concord)
  • 1992: Little Man Big BandJimmy Heath (Verve)
  • 1997: Out of this WorldLoren Schoenberg (TCB)
  • 1998: Contour – Larry Gillespie and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (Blue Lion)
  • 1998: The Last Swing of the CenturyKen Peplowski (Concord, 1998)

Broadway shows and movies

  • Jam Session with Charlie Barnett (1943) (movie)
  • Bye Bye Birdie, 1960
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1961
  • Here's Love, 1963
  • Golden Boy, 1964
  • The Apple Tree, 1965
  • Golden Rainbow, 1968
  • The French Connection (1971) (movie)
  • Pippin, 1972–77
  • Ain't Misbehavin', 1978–82
  • Human Comedy, 1984–85
  • Uptown... It's Hot!, 1986
  • School Daze (1987) (movie)
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