Will Bernard
 | Independant artist


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A Berkeley, CA native and recent Brooklyn transplant, guitarist Will Bernard began playing and recording on an international level as a member of Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble, who made their recorded debut with Don Cherry on MULTIKUTI (A&M 1989). Since then Will has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. In the 90s Will recorded and performed with many projects under the direction of acclaimed producer Lee Townsend and worked with groups ranging from the Hindustani-influenced Jai Uttal to the political hip-hop group the Coup. The most successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose sophomore album IF FOUR WAS ONE was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Will broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of MEDICINE HAT (Antilles/Polygram), showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom heavy soul-jazz. He then followed up with two self produced albums on his own label, Dreck to Disk, before finding a new home on Palmetto Records. Willʼs debut recording for Palmetto Records, PARTY HATS, was released February 20, 2007. Matt Balitsaris, President of Palmetto Records, welcomed Will: "We're psyched to have Will Bernard in the Palmetto family. He's a soulful player who writes groovy tunes with a distinctive point of view. PARTY HATS wants to live in your car." PARTY HATS was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for best contemporary jazz album. BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Will's follow-up Palmetto recording, includes performances by Stanton Moore, Andy Hess and John Medeski. was released September 30th 2008, rounding out a prolific and momentous year for Will Bernard. As a player and composer, Will contributed to Bernard-Emer-Lackner-Ferber whose recording NIGHT FOR DAY helped to launch artist-run label Brooklyn Jazz Underground in April 2008. Following that, ROCKAMOVYA, comprised of Bernard, members of Groundation and reggae legend Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, was released in June 2008 on Young Tree. Will also toured extensively supporting PARTY HATS and the Stanton Moore Trio's second Telarc release EMPHASIS ON PARENTHESIS, as well as Stantonʼs 2009 CD and DVD GROOVE ALCHEMY. Will's 6th album as a leader "Outdoor Living" will be released in 2012. 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 Walterʼs 20th Congress, Groundation, and numerous other lineups. The Will Bernard band has performed at The Monterey, North Sea, Vienne, SF Jazz, Bumbershoot, Montreal, Vancouver and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs across the country and through Canada.been steadily touring, recently making in roads in Europe and has played in festivals and clubs in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Czech Rep., Holland, Belgium, Slovenia, Italy and Spain. He has had in recent years the good fortune to play with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. John, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Idris Muhammad, Corey Glover, Bob Weir and Tom Waits. Will's current touring trio features Wil Blades, a talented young Hammond B3 player from Berkeley California that is building on the tradition of Jimmy Smith and Dr Lonnie Smith, and Simon Lott, an innovative drummer from New Orleans that mixes New Orleans style drumming with funk, rock and free jazz.

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