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Conrad Herwig : The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

If you don’t recognize Conrad Herwig’s name, it may be because of where he’s from and what he does. But the Oklahoma native’s occupation-professor of jazz trombone, improvisation, and composition/arrangement at Rutgers University in New Jersey-gives a clue as to the primary reason. Most people don’t even remember that Tommy Dorsey played trombone, even if he’s arguably the best-known trombonist in jazz history (yet better known as a bandleader).

Herwig, 48, has worked with icons like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Buddy Rich, plus averaged nearly an album per year during his 20-year career as a bandleader. He’s arranged classic jazz material with Latin themes for the past decade. His latest CD, The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, follows Grammy nominees The Latin Side of John Coltrane (1998) and Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis (2004).

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