Eddie Bert, 1922-2012

Sorry to hear of Eddie Bert’s passing last week. He was a trombonist who loved to play so much that if there were no paying gigs, he would find a band to sit in with. Bert was 90 years old and worked until shortly before he died. He was an asset in combos as well as big bands. His resume included work with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Charles Mingus, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and several repertory bands, including the American Jazz Orchestra.

In New York, I frequently encountered Eddie in clubs, after concerts, on the street, commuting on the train to or from Grand Central. He was always well dressed, interesting to chat with, looked at least twenty years younger than his age, and was unfailingly cheerful, as he is in this recording with a dream rhythm section of Duke Jordan, Ray Drummond and Mel Lewis. It’s from his album The Human Factor.

For more about Eddie Bert, see this piece from the Stamford Advocate near the town where he lived in Connecticut and this 2004 essay on Bill Crow’s web site.

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  1. Terence Smith says

    Eddie Bert was also part of the beautiful Hall Overton textures of Thelonious Monk at Town Hall, Feb. 1959.
    The grooves of “Little Rootie Tootie:,” Friday the 13th”,” Crepescule with Nellie”, etc. will live forever.

    I hope Eddie Bert and all the participants were and are interviewed about their memories of the making of that joyous performance.

    Rest in Peace, Eddie Bert, and thank you.