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by Ed Bickert Trio
Ed Bickert (1932 to 2019) was a Canadian 'jazz' guitarist. Edward Isaac Bickert was born on November 29th 1932 in Hochfeld, Manitoba, Canada, but grew up in Vernon, British Columbia. He started learning to play guitar when he was eight years old, and initially performed at country dances accompanying his musician parents (his mother played piano and his father fiddled). During the early 1950s however, he kept music as a hobby and worked as a radio engineer in Toronto. After later progressing to become a studio session musician, he recorded with such artists as Ron Collier, Moe Koffman, Phil Nimmons and Rob McConnell, and performed in a duo with Don Thompson as well as a trio after adding Terry Clarke. American musicians with whom Bickert worked during their Toronto touring dates included Ruby Braff, Paul Desmond and Frank Rosolino, and after playing in Japan with Milt Jackson he then recorded with Oscar Peterson, followed by Buddy Tate. He undertook a tour during the 1980s with McConnell and Koffman, in a line-up also including Peter Appleyard. After signing with the 'Concord' label, he recorded with Ernestine Anderson, Benny Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Lorne Lofsky, Dave McKenna, Ken Peplowski and Neil Swainson, with Lofsky becoming a member of Bickert's quartet in the 1980s and 1990s. He had received the "Juno Award" for 'Best Jazz Recording' (in a collaboration with Don Thompson) in 1980, and was made a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) in 1996. Ed Bickert died in Toronto on February 28th 2019, aged 86.
Posted: 3rd April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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