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Trombonist Eddie Bert Dead at 90

Played with Mingus, Goodman, Monk, Ellington and others

Eddie Bert
Eddie Bert

Trombonist Eddie Bert, 90, who played with Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus and many others in a six-plus-decade career, died Sept. 28 in Danbury, Conn. A cause of death was not divulged.

Bert was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1922. He joined the bands of Sam Donahue and Red Norvo in the 1940s before going on to play with the above-named as well as Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Barnet, Tito Puente, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Mel Lewis and Thad Jones and others.

Bert cut his first recording as a leader in 1942 and later released recordings for the Discovery, Savoy, Jazztone and Trans-World labels. He also toured with T.S. Monk, the son of Thelonious. Bert remained active into the early 2000s.

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