Cultural Percussionist

Clyde Bernhardt Day

Clyde Edric Barron Bernhardt (July 11, 1905 – May 20, 1986) was an American jazz trombonist.

Bernhardt was born in Gold Hill, North Carolina, and raised there and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He started playing trombone at age 17, and in the 1920s played with a variety of lesser-known ensembles, such as Bill Eady‘s Ellwood Syncopators, Tillie Vennie, Odie Cromwell‘s Wolverine Syncopators, Charlie Grear‘s Original Midnite Ramblers, the Richard Cheatham Orchestra, the Whitman Sisters, Honey Brown‘s Orchestra, Henry P. McClane’s Society Orchestra[2] and Ray Parker. He worked with King Oliver in 1931, and through the middle of the decade did stints with Alex Hill, The Alabamians, Billy Fowler, Ira Coffey‘s Walkathonians, and Vernon Andrade.

In 1937 he joined Edgar Hayes‘s orchestra, remaining there through 1942, then worked with Jay McShann, Cecil Scott, Luis Russell, Leonard Feather, Pete Johnson, Wynonie Harris, Claude Hopkins, and Paul and Dud Bascomb. He led his own ensemble, called the Blue Blazers, before returning to play with Russell from 1948-51. He recorded as a leader between 1946 and 1953, and on some of the recordings he sings under the pseudonym Ed Barron.

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