Biography

Biography

Born May 27th. 1946 in Denmark. Studied Clarinet from the age of 12 and began playing with some older guys who introduced him to the music of Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Gerry Mulligan a.o. At the age of 16 he turned to the Trombone, inspired by his music teacher Vagn Hansen.

While in high school he played with a swing group, a big-band and conducted the students chorus. In 1966 he moved to Copenhagen to begin training as a sound engineer at the Danish Radio. At the same time playing big-band and small groups and studying to enter the Royal Danish Music Conservatory, where he entered in 1969, leaving the Danish Radio. His first professional gig was playing the musical ‘Hair’ in 1970. In 1972 he went to study trombone and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston with Phil Wilson and Jack Stock. At Berklee he played with Vitor Assiz Brasil's big band, which also included Caludio Roditi (tp), Marcio Montahoyes (tp)and Claudio Caribé (dr) and later Raul De Souza.

Eddie Bert

Eddie Bert and I, in Copenhagen 1976

After returning to Denmark in 1975, he began working with 'Radiojazzgruppen' as trombonist, composer and some years later became the leader until 1982. During those years he also played with Soul Service, Lunatics, Ritmo Caliente, N’uma Boa, Iron Office, Creme Fraiche, Niels Husum Septet and various gigs for theaters and shows, radio and television. As producer for the Danish Radio Big Band, he met Thad Jones and joined his band ‘Eclipse’ for 2 years.

In the 80’s he began to work with drummer Magno Bissoli from São Paulo, Brasil. The Neergaard-Bissoli Group has been playing concerts in Denmark, Sweden, Argentina and Brasil. This group has published 3 CDs, ‘COMETA’, ‘Now Forever’ and ‘Live in sao paulo’. Also played with ‘Salsa Na Ma’, ’New Jungle Orchestra’ and ‘Leonardo Pedersens Jazzkapel’. During the 90’s, emphasis was on teaching and writing for orchestra, which lead to trips to Brasil to perform this music at Conservatório de Tatuí, Memorial da America Latina, and with Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica in Teatro Municipal in Americana and Sala São Paulo.