Jazz@First: Conrad Herwig: Virtuosic Jazz Trombone
Sunday, October 22, 2017 @2pm |  First Unitarian Church

Three time Grammy-nominated musician Conrad Herwig is acknowledged as one of the most profound and virtuosic trombonists in the world. He has performed and recorded jazz greats including Eddie Palmieri, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Sinatra and countless others. Enjoy his creativity, sound and fluidity as he plays his own music and contemporary arrangements of familiar songs.

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Conrad Herwig, trombone

New York-based jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well.  To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz.  He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others.

Born November 1, 1959, in Lawton, Okla., Herwig is an inductee of that state’s Jazz Hall of Fame.  He spent his formative musical years in Hawaii under the aura of jazz icon trombonist Trummy Young, graduating from Punahou High School. The gifted trombonist then went to the University of North Texas, performing as a member of the famed One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band. Later in his career he would complete his studies at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology.  Herwig’s formal studies came to a close with a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College, a branch of City University of New York.

Equally well-versed in the bebop, hard bop and modern jazz musical languages, Herwig’s professional performance career commenced with big band stints with a number of iconic and legendary figures including Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Mel Lewis.  Around that time he also performed and toured with Slide Hampton’s “World of Trombones.”  Later, Herwig would work for a number of years with the Frank Sinatra Orchestra.  Other important early associations included a stay with bandleader Mario Bauza’s seminal Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, an association that would launch his mastery of the Latin and Latin Jazz genres. 

More information available at http://www.conradherwig.com