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Will Bernard / Bio


Heralded as "one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet," Will Bernard has long been an underground favorite in the jazz scene. Gaining momentum from his days playing with Don Cherry as a member of Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble to his breakout as a band leader, Will has lent his talents to an array of genres and artists, including Jai Uttal, the Coup, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Robert Walter's 20th Congress and the Stanton Moore Trio. Will Bernard is a two-time Grammy nominee, earning his first nod in 1997 with T.J. Kirk and his second in 2008 for his own record, "Party Hats."

As a touring artist, Will Bernard has been gaining steady momentum, performing in his own band or as a member of the Stanton Moore Trio, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Groundation, and numerous other lineups. The Will Bernard band has performed at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Be-Bop and Brew, Montreal, Vancouver and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs across the country and through Canada. They have opened for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Jimmy McGriff, The Funky Meters, John Scofield, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ziggy Modeliste and the Charlie Hunter Quartet. Currently touring in support of his latest Palmetto release, "Blue Plate Special," Will Bernard has assembled a stellar lineup to get your head nodding and your behind shaking.

"A refreshing example of intelligent party music, Blue Plate Special is another document that reinforces Bernard's reputation as a talent deserving wider recognition."—All About Jazz

"[Will] illustrates how expressive a guitar can be in the hands of an expert."—Rock Love Magazine

"Bernard deserves higher recognition as one of jazz's hardest working and most gifted artists."—Dan Ouellette (Billboard Magazine)

"Bernard locks down one ferocious groove after another." —KQED

General Info

Band Members
WIll Bernard-guitar,Simon Lott-drums,Robert walter-organ,John Medeski-organ,Wil Blades-organ,Brian Coogan-organ,Brian Charette organ
Artist Name
Will Bernard
Home Page
Jazz / Funk / Experimental

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY