Conrad Herwig – The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig
The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter
HalfNote – 2008

After refitting Coltrane and Miles, Conrad Herwig’s latest Latinization effort has been aimed directly at Wayne Shorter.  Recorded live at the Blue Note in New York, Herwig is jJoined by Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynchon this fiery excursion into the AfroCaribbean rhythms.

Conrad Herwig began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band and later joined the Buddy Rich Orch. for tours of the US and Europe. After locating permanently in New York he performed with Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones and Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Henry Threadgill, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra.

In a small group context he has performed and recorded with Red Garland, Dave Liebman’s Sextet, the Max Roach Sextet (Sacred Drums Concerts), Bob Stewart, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez and many others. His own groups have included Randy and Mike Brecker, Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Stefon Harris, Bill Charlap, Tim Hagans, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Mr. Herwig is an alumnus of North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (where he performed in the One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band), Goddard College in Plainfield, VT , (Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology), and Queens College,CUNY, (Master of Arts, Jazz Studies). Conrad has conducted masterclasses, seminars, and workshops at major universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Koln, Germany; Eastman School of Music,

Rochester, NY; the University of Southern California and literally hundreds of others.

Herwig is a recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently Professor of Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Comp/Arr at Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey. Conrad was elected to the Board of Advisors of the International Trombone Association for a second time in 2006.

One of the most in-demand jazz educators, Conrad Herwig is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performs exclusively on Bach Stradivarius trombones.


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