Bernard Addison

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Born: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Active: 20s-50s
Instruments: Guitar


Addison started his career on the banjo, before switching to guitar with Armstrong.
He then played with Fletcher Anderson, the Mills Brothers, Stuff Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, the Ink Spots, Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, and many others.
He also was involved in Billie Holiday's 30s and 40s sessions.
After his last gigs during the late 50s, he began a teaching career and disappeared from the scene.

Discography Highlights

Can be heard on I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Armstrong, 1930), Blues in Disguise, The Swing Sessions's Called to Order (with Milton Mezzrow, 1937), Alabamy Home (with the Gotham Stompers, 1937).

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Bernard Addison (April 15, 1905 – December 18, 1990) was a jazz guitarist who began as a banjo player in the 1920s. He became interested in banjo when he moved to Washington, D.C. in his youth. In 1930 he switched to guitar to fill in for a Louis Armstrong's guitarist. He would also work with Jelly Roll Morton and the Mills Brothers. In 1935 he did what might be his most noted song, "Toledo Shuffle", with Freddie Jenkins.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1961 High in a Basement 1

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