Ed Bickert

Real Name:
Edward Isaac Bickert
Profile:
Edward Isaac Bickert, CM (born 29 November 1932 in Hochfeld, Manitoba, Canada; died February 28, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was a Canadian jazz guitarist.

Bickert moved to Toronto in his early twenties and began to establish a reputation in the local performance and recording scenes. Jazz flutist and saxophonist Moe Koffman was an early employer, and Bickert appeared on Koffman's suprise hit single "The Swingin' Sheppard" (1957) and a series of follow-up LPs over the next six years.

Through the 1960s and 1970s, Bickert was frequently hired in Toronto as a studio guitarist for traditional pop singers, singer-songwriters, and easy listening albums. In the late 1960s, he joined trombonist Rob McConnell's Boss Brass big band, and continued to play and record with the group for three decades. Over the years, this group featured several musicians Bickert would work with in his own groups, including bassists Don Thompson and Steve Wallace, and drummers Jerry Fuller and Terry Clarke.

At age 42, Bickert was hired by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, and he played on Demond's final studio and live albums. Desmond's international audience of jazz fans and critics greatly increased Bickert's exposure and boosted his reputation. Following Desmond's death in 1977, Bickert continued to record and perform with well-known jazz stars including Milt Jackson, Ruby Braff, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, and Rosemary Clooney, Bickert also began recording under his own name starting in 1975, initially releasing albums on Canadian labels, and then signing with Concord Records in 1982. Between 1983 and 1990 Bickert released five albums under his own name on Concord, and appeared as a backing musician on several other Concord releases. Bickert also toured and recorded live albums with The Concord All-Stars, a group that included other Concord recording artists like Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Dave McKenna, and Ernestine Anderson. In the 1990s, Bickert recorded as a co-leader in two trios that featured his guitar with a bassist and one horn; the first was a trio with his longtime employer Rob McConnell, while the second was a group organized by saxophonist Mike Murley. Each trio released two albums (Bickert and McConnell also recorded a duo album in the mid-1980s, as well as a quintet album under McConnell's leadership in 1990).

Bickert stopped playing guitar in 2000. He explained his decision to the Toronto Globe and Mail in 2012: "I haven't played for 12 years, and I don't know if I could even remember how to hold the instrument right now [laughs]. I just packed it up completely. Maybe I'd had enough … My wife passed away, and at the time, I was having some problems with arthritis, and I was starting to drink quite heavily, and those things combined sort of finished me off. I just never tried to get back to it. I envy or admire people who keep going until they drop. But it just wasn't for me."

In 2012, Bickert was celebrated on his 80th birthday with a tribute concert in Toronto featuring many of the musicians he played with or influenced. Bickert died in 2019 in Toronto after a battle with cancer.
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Albums

PMR-010 Ed Bickert - Ed Bickert album art Ed Bickert Ed Bickert (Album) PM PMR-010 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
CTL 5206, UALA 747G Ed Bickert - I Like To Recognize The Tune album art Ed Bickert I Like To Recognize The Tune Canadian Talent Library, United Artists Records CTL 5206, UALA 747G Canada 1977 Sell This Version
SACK 4005 Ed Bickert - Ed Bickert / Don Thompson album art Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) - Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (Album) Sackville Recordings SACK 4005 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
4003 Ed Bickert - Au Privave album art Wray Downes And Dave Young (3) Featuring Ed Bickert Wray Downes And Dave Young (3) Featuring Ed Bickert - Au Privave(LP, Album) Sackville Recordings 4003 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
4010 Ed Bickert - Dance To The Lady album art Don Thompson (2), Ed Bickert Don Thompson (2), Ed Bickert - Dance To The Lady(LP, Album) Sackville Recordings 4010 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
CJ-232 Ed Bickert - Bye Bye Baby album art Ed Bickert Bye Bye Baby (Album) Concord Jazz CJ-232 US 1984 Sell This Version
JC 0009 Ed Bickert - Mutual Street album art Ed Bickert & Rob McConnell Ed Bickert & Rob McConnell - Mutual Street (Album) Innovation Records (3), Innovation Records (3) JC 0009 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CJ-269 Ed Bickert - The Fraser MacPherson Quintet - Jazz Prose album art Fraser MacPherson, Ed Bickert, Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna, Steve Wallace Fraser MacPherson, Ed Bickert, Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna, Steve Wallace - The Fraser MacPherson Quintet - Jazz Prose (Album) Concord Jazz, Bellaphon CJ-269 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
DDA-1002 Ed Bickert - The Quartet Of Lorne Lofsky & Ed Bickert And Friends album art Lorne Lofsky And Ed Bickert Lorne Lofsky And Ed Bickert - The Quartet Of Lorne Lofsky & Ed Bickert And Friends(LP, Album) Unisson Records DDA-1002 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
CCD-4414 Ed Bickert - This Is New album art Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky With Neil Swainson & Jerry Fuller (2) Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky With Neil Swainson & Jerry Fuller (2) - This Is New (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4414 US 1990 Sell This Version
CCD-4451 Ed Bickert - Live At The 1990 Concord Jazz Festival, First Set album art Ed Bickert, Alan Dawson, Harry "Sweets" Edison*, Al Grey, Gene Harris, Rob McConnell, Benny Powell, Neil Swainson Ed Bickert, Alan Dawson, Harry "Sweets" Edison*, Al Grey, Gene Harris, Rob McConnell, Benny Powell, Neil Swainson - Live At The 1990 Concord Jazz Festival, First Set (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4451 US 1991 Sell This Version
CCD-4454 Ed Bickert - Live At The Concord Jazz Festival Third Set album art Ernestine Anderson, Ed Bickert, Gene Harris, Harold Jones, Marshall Royal, Lynn Seaton, Frank Wess Ernestine Anderson, Ed Bickert, Gene Harris, Harold Jones, Marshall Royal, Lynn Seaton, Frank Wess - Live At The Concord Jazz Festival Third Set (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4454 US 1991 Sell This Version
CCD-4591 Ed Bickert - Trio Sketches album art Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Neil Swainson Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Neil Swainson - Trio Sketches (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4591 US 1994 Sell This Version
CCD-4626 Ed Bickert - Concord Duo Series : Volume Seven album art Bill Mays / Ed Bickert Bill Mays / Ed Bickert - Concord Duo Series : Volume Seven(CD, Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4626 US 1994 Sell This Version
CCD-4765-2 Ed Bickert - Three For The Road album art Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2) Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2) - Three For The Road (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4765-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
SKCD2-2052 Ed Bickert - Days Gone By album art Sonny Greenwich, Ed Bickert Sonny Greenwich, Ed Bickert - Days Gone By(CD, Album) Sackville Recordings SKCD2-2052 US 2000 Sell This Version
CRST CD113 Ed Bickert - Live At The Senator album art Murley*, Bickert* & Wallace* Murley*, Bickert* & Wallace* - Live At The Senator(CD, Album) CornerStone Records Inc. CRST CD113 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
SK2CD-5007, WRC8-7508 Ed Bickert - Thinking About You album art Frank Rosolino Featuring Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2), Terry Clarke Frank Rosolino Featuring Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2), Terry Clarke - Thinking About You (Album) Sackville Recordings, Sackville Recordings SK2CD-5007, WRC8-7508 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
AS 0148 Ed Bickert - With A Song In My Heart album art Jane Hall (3), Ed Bickert Jane Hall (3), Ed Bickert - With A Song In My Heart(CD, Album) ArtistShare AS 0148 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LM 184 Ed Bickert Just Jim(7") CBC Radio Canada LM 184 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
SOUNDPAGE #34 Ed Bickert - Untitled album art Ed Bickert - Liona Boyd - Rik Emmett - Alex Lifeson - Racer X - Paul Gilbert Ed Bickert - Liona Boyd - Rik Emmett - Alex Lifeson - Racer X - Paul Gilbert - Untitled(Flexi, 7") Guitar Player Magazine SOUNDPAGE #34 US 1987 Sell This Version

Compilations

PMR-011-S, RCI 461 Ed Bickert - From Canada With Love album art Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) / Doug Riley / Pat La Barbera* / Bernie Senensky Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) / Doug Riley / Pat La Barbera* / Bernie Senensky - From Canada With Love (Comp) PM PMR-011-S, RCI 461 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
DSM2-3004 Ed Bickert - The Guitar Mastery Of Ed Bickert album art Ed Bickert The Guitar Mastery Of Ed Bickert(2xCD, Comp) DSM (2) DSM2-3004 Canada 1996 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

8048651142 Ed Bickert - At Last album art Ed Bickert Featuring Don Thompson (2) & Terry Clarke Ed Bickert Featuring Don Thompson (2) & Terry Clarke - At Last(CD, RE) Mambo Maniacs Records 8048651142 US 2005 Sell This Version