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1 November 1959, Oklahoma, USA
Herwig is one of New York's more prominent young
progressive/mainstream trombonists. He has recorded and/or performed
with a number of famous leaders, including, but not limited to,
Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, and Paquito D'Rivera. Herwig is
an alumni of the famous University of North Texas jazz program,
an experience that obviously prepared him well as a big band player.
He began his professional career in the early '80s with Clark Terry's
big band; stints with Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, and
others were to follow. Herwig has become an increasingly in-demand
sideman in the '90s. He is an accomplished pedagogue, having taught
clinics and workshops around the world. Currently, Herwig is on
the faculty at William Patterson College in New Jersey. His seventh
album as a leader, The Latin Side of John Coltrane, emphasizes
an affinity for South American idioms. Criss Cross followed
in 1998, and a year later Herwig resurfaced with Osteology.
Unseen Universe followed in fall 2000. — Chris Kelsey
Conrad Herwig's Discography as a Leader:
"Shades of Light" SteepleChase 31520
'Hieroglyphica" Criss Cross 1207
"Unseen Universe" Criss Cross 1194
"Osteology" Criss Cross 1176
"Heart of Darkness" Criss Cross 1155
"The Latin Side of John Coltrane" Astor Place 4003
"Ao Vivo No Festival de Jazz de Guimaraes, Portugal" Groove
"New York Breed" Double-Time 108
"The Amulet" Ken 016
"Intimate Conversations" Ken 012
"New York Hardball" Ken 002
"With Every Breath" Ken 008
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in the decade, he made his recording debut as leader on which he
was teamed with saxophonist Jim Snidero. When he moved to New York
he played with Mario Bauza and Eddie Palmieri, continuing to play
with the latter throughout the 90s. These latter associations imbued
him with a long lasting interest in Latin music.
Herwig continued to record, with varied critical success, throughout
During all this time, he was advancing his interest in and facility
at writing music.
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His inspiration often extended outside of jazz as is demonstrated
by several of his compositions that were inspired by the short stories
of Joseph Conrad, which appear on the December 1997 recording Heart
recording dates, Herwig has worked with many noted artists from
the world of jazz, including Ronnie Cuber, Gary Smulyan, Brian Lynch,
and several from the world of Latin music, including Dave Valentin
and Paquito D'Rivera.
Herwig's technical fluency, honed on the often demanding musical
complexities of Latin music, has allowed him to develop into areas
of music where many other trombonists would not care to venture.
Never content to re-work depleted ground, Herwig's 1998 session
Osteology, on which he was paired with fellow virtuoso trombonist
Steve Davis, found him exploring regions that would probably have
never occurred to earlier two-trombone teams such as J.J. Johnson
and Kai Winding.
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Herwig's inventive and probing mind was revealed in his tribute
to John Coltrane. Where many less imaginative, if often better known,
performers, might have been content to only regurgitate music that
was already three decades old, Herwig chose to explore the saxophonist's
influence through the seemingly inappropriate use of the Latin form.
The device threw fresh and interesting light upon Coltrane's music
and gave clear notice that the trombonist has much to offer jazz
in the new century.
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jay Anderson, Dave Bargeron, Bob Berg, Kenny Berger,
Don Braden, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Kevin Burger, Abraham Burton,
Oskar Cartaya, John Clark, Terry Clarke, Jose Claussell, Xavier
Davis, Kenwood Dennard, Kenny Drew, Jr., John Eckert, Mark Egan,
Miles Evans, Matt Finders, Richie Flores, Gil Goldstein, Danny Gottlieb,
Philip Harper, Tom Harrell, Jamal Haynes, Chris Hunter, Gene jackson,
Nelson Jaime, Howard Johnson, Frank Lacy, Peter Levin, Mark Lopeman,
Tony Lujan, Brian Lynch, Andy Mckee, Earl Mclntyre, Paoli Mejias,
Joe Mosello, Ugonna Okegwo, Herman Olivera, Javier Oquendo, Eddie
Palmieri, Chris Pasin, Piro Rodriguez, Nelson Palacio Rodriguez,
Luis Rosas, Kenny Rupp, Joe Santiago, Mark Shim, Mike Sim, Alexander
Sipiagin, Hart Smith, Jim Snidero, Lew Soloff, John Stubblefield,
John Surman, Lew Tabackin, Greg Tardy, Gary Valente, Phil Vieux,
Walt Weiskopf, Scott Wendholt, Frank Wess, and many others...
and Conrad, June 2003, Groningen,
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