Ed Bickert

Ed Bickert
Ed Bickert and Fraser MacPherson.jpg
Ed Bickert and Fraser MacPherson
Photo courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate
Background information
Birth nameEdward Isaac Bickert
Born(1932-11-29) November 29, 1932 (age 84)
Hochfeld, Manitoba, Canada
Associated actsMoe Koffman, Boss Brass


Edward Isaac Bickert, CM (given birth to November 29, 1932) is a Canadian jazz guitarist.

Early life

Bickert was created in Hochfeld, Manitoba, the next youngest of his family members. Immediately after he was created, the family shifted to Vernon, English Columbia. Although their profession was farming and orchard function, his mom was a pianist and his dad a fiddler. Bickert discovered basic acoustic guitar chords from his old sibling. On weekends through the 1940s, he became a member of his parents playing at nation dances. After senior high school, he worked well briefly before traveling across Canada to Toronto, Ontario with an aspiring article writer friend, in 1952. After several nonpaying careers and formal acoustic guitar lessons, he became your guitar player for just one from the leading jazz organizations in Toronto.


From the sixties, he was a first-call studio room musician. Well known for his lengthy association using the past due Moe Koffman and Phil Nimmons' recordings, Bickert became a charter person in Rob McConnell's Manager Brass. He also performed in regional gigs with American music artists who used Toronto rhythm areas. He played frequently at George's Spaghetti Home with fellow users of Moe Koffman's music group, with and without Koffman. Bickert wedded, and eschewing the street, stayed in the home and elevated a family.In the 1970s Jim Hall, a pal of Bickert, suggested him to Paul Desmond, who was simply forming a band. Desmond experienced a rapport with Bickert and Don Thompson. They made an appearance in the now-defunct Bourbon Road golf club in Toronto, with two different drummers. Recordings from those classes had been released as Paul Desmond Quartet Reside in LP format by A&M Information. Additional tracks had been released much down the road Compact disc by Telarc. Desmond's excitement for Bickert's design persuaded him to record with Bickert in america at Rudy Vehicle Gelder's studio room. They used Connie Kay (drums) and Ron Carter (bass) and documented the recording Pure Desmond.Bickert's usage of the solid-body Fender Telecaster collection him aside from his peers. He utilized the same Telecaster for quite some time, playing it in share form. Sooner or later, he replaced the typical neck one coil using a humbucking pickup (which may be observed in the image above).Bickert made several albums with Rosemary Clooney and other well-known performers through the 1980s and 1990s, aswell seeing that leading his own periods. Although he didn't formally teach learners in one-on-one lessons, he was a well-known clinician and acquired many aspiring players go to his workshops. In the middle 1990s, a fall triggered serious accidents to his hands. He retrieved, and continued to try out and tour until his pension in the first 2000s, following the loss of life of his wife, Madeline.


1980: Juno Honor for Modern Jazz Recording of the entire year, Sackville 4005 with Don Thompson 19xx: Juno Honor, That is New, with Lorne Lofsky 1996: Person in the Order of Canada


As leader

Ed Bickert (PM, 1976) In Toronto's Bourbon Road (1983) Bye Bye Baby (Concord, 1983) We Wished Over the Moon (Concord, 1987) Third Flooring Richard (1989) That is New (1990)

As co-leader

Murley, Bickert & Wallace: Live in the Senator (2001) Murley, Bickert & Wallace: Check of your time (2012, documented in 1999)

As sideman

Using the Ron Collier Orchestra offering Duke Ellington North from the Border in Canada (Decca, 1967 [1969])With Paul Desmond Pure Desmond (CTI, 1975) Paul Desmond Quartet Live (Horizon, 1975 )With Rob McConnell Mutual Street (1982) The Jive 5 (1990)With Don Thompson On the Backyard Party (1979) FINALLY: Reside in Toronto Canada 1976 (1976) From the Past (1976)