( b. May 16, 1922 Yonkers, New York, USA - d. Sep 27, 2012 Danbury, Connecticut, USA ) Male
Eddie Bert was born to Edward Bertolatus, a phone company engineer, and the former Elizabeth Futica. Interested in music from an early age, he studied informally with Benny Morton of the Count Basie band as a teenager and began his professional career shortly after that; his first high-profile job was a long engagement with the xylophonist and vibraphonist Red Norvo in 1942. During World War II Mr. Bert played in a United States Army band led by the arranger Bill Finegan.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in the late 1950s.
Mr. Bert was first and foremost a jazzman, and his peers in the jazz world recognized him as one of the masters of his instrument. He worked with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and many others, and with singers including Lena Horne and Bobby Short. He was a member of the 10-piece bands led by the pianist and composer Thelonious Monk at Town Hall in New York in 1959.
Mr. Bert was in the pit orchestras of Bye Bye Birdie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Ain’t Misbehavin and other hit Broadway musicals of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
Source: The New York Times