1 November 1959, Oklahoma, USA -
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in Groningen, Netherlands, June 2003 (Photo René Laanen)
Herwig is one of New York's more
prominent young progressive/mainstream trombonists. He has recorded
and/or performed with a number of famous leaders, including, but
not limited to, Joe
DeJohnette, and Paquito
D'Rivera. Herwig is an alumni of the famous University of
North Texas jazz program, an experience that obviously prepared
him well as a big band player. He began his professional career
in the early '80s with Clark
Terry's big band; stints with Buddy
Lewis, and others were to follow. Herwig has become an increasingly
in-demand sideman in the '90s. He is an accomplished pedagogue,
having taught clinics and workshops around the world. Currently,
Herwig is on the faculty at William Patterson College in New Jersey.
His seventh album as a leader, The
Latin Side of John Coltrane, emphasizes an affinity for
South American idioms. Criss
Cross followed in 1998, and a year later Herwig resurfaced
Universe followed in fall 2000. — Chris Kelsey
Herwig's Discography as a Leader:
of Light" SteepleChase 31520
'Hieroglyphica" Criss Cross 1207
"Unseen Universe" Criss Cross 1194
"Osteology" Criss Cross 1176
"Heart of Darkness" Criss Cross 1155
"The Latin Side of John Coltrane" Astor Place 4003
"Ao Vivo No Festival de Jazz de Guimaraes, Portugal"
"New York Breed" Double-Time 108
"The Amulet" Ken 016
"Intimate Conversations" Ken 012
"New York Hardball" Ken 002
"With Every Breath" Ken 008
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Late in the decade, he made his recording debut as leader on which
he was teamed with saxophonist Jim Snidero. When he moved to New
York he played with Mario Bauza and Eddie Palmieri, continuing
to play with the latter throughout the 90s. These latter associations
imbued him with a long lasting interest in Latin music.
Herwig continued to record, with varied critical success, throughout
During all this time, he was advancing his interest in and facility
at writing music.
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His inspiration often extended outside of jazz as is demonstrated
by several of his compositions that were inspired by the short
stories of Joseph Conrad, which appear on the December 1997 recording
Heart Of Darkness.
On his recording dates, Herwig has worked with many noted artists
from the world of jazz, including Ronnie Cuber, Gary Smulyan,
Brian Lynch, and several from the world of Latin music, including
Dave Valentin and Paquito D'Rivera.
Herwig's technical fluency, honed on the often demanding musical
complexities of Latin music, has allowed him to develop into areas
of music where many other trombonists would not care to venture.
Never content to re-work depleted ground, Herwig's 1998 session
Osteology, on which he was paired with fellow virtuoso trombonist
Steve Davis, found him exploring regions that would probably have
never occurred to earlier two-trombone teams such as J.J. Johnson
and Kai Winding.
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good friend Jos.L.
Herwig's inventive and probing mind was revealed in his tribute
to John Coltrane. Where many less imaginative, if often better
known, performers, might have been content to only regurgitate
music that was already three decades old, Herwig chose to explore
the saxophonist's influence through the seemingly inappropriate
use of the Latin form. The device threw fresh and interesting
light upon Coltrane's music and gave clear notice that the trombonist
has much to offer jazz in the new century.
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jay Anderson, Dave Bargeron, Bob Berg, Kenny
Berger, Don Braden, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Kevin Burger,
Abraham Burton, Oskar Cartaya, John Clark, Terry Clarke, Jose
Claussell, Xavier Davis, Kenwood Dennard, Kenny Drew, Jr., John
Eckert, Mark Egan, Miles Evans, Matt Finders, Richie Flores, Gil
Goldstein, Danny Gottlieb, Philip Harper, Tom Harrell, Jamal Haynes,
Chris Hunter, Gene jackson, Nelson Jaime, Howard Johnson, Frank
Lacy, Peter Levin, Mark Lopeman, Tony Lujan, Brian Lynch, Andy
Mckee, Earl Mclntyre, Paoli Mejias, Joe Mosello, Ugonna Okegwo,
Herman Olivera, Javier Oquendo, Eddie Palmieri, Chris Pasin, Piro
Rodriguez, Nelson Palacio Rodriguez, Luis Rosas, Kenny Rupp, Joe
Santiago, Mark Shim, Mike Sim, Alexander Sipiagin, Hart Smith,
Jim Snidero, Lew Soloff, John Stubblefield, John Surman, Lew Tabackin,
Greg Tardy, Gary Valente, Phil Vieux, Walt Weiskopf, Scott Wendholt,
Frank Wess, and many others...
& Conrad, June 2003, Groningen,