Speedster – Eddie Bert

A very fun, simple uptempo riff: "rhythm changes" head with a lot of syncopations.

Eddie Bert

May 16, 1922 – September 27, 2012

Trombonist Eddie Bert was born in Yonkers, NY. His main interest, even in his youth, was music. When he started on trombone, he studied with Benny Morton, of the Count Basie Band. As a professional, he graced the bands of vibraphonist Red Norvo, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thelonious Monk, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and many others. He worked as a studio musician in the New York area, also playing in many Broadway shows. His mastery of the trombone allowed him to play in a variety of musical contexts, "from the infectious swing of Benny Goodman to the wild experimentation of Charles Mingus," as writer Peter Keepnews wrote. The only trombonist Thelonious Monk invited to perform and record with his two larger ensemble projects, Eddie Bert was someone special, musically and personally, to everyone who knew him. Read more...

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