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New York jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig has recorded 17 albums as a leader. His most recent CD is on the Half Note Records label, titled "The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter." Now, the fifth installment of The Latin Side Series returns to the Blue Note with "The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock."
His previous Latin Side CDs are "Sketches of Spain y Mas" and "Another Kind of Blue-The Latin Side of Miles Davis" on Half Note Records, which was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award. These are the follow-up projects to the 1998 Grammy- nominated CD, "The Latin Side of John Coltrane". These exciting new projects were both recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and feature special guests Paquito D'Rivera,Dave Valentin and Brian Lynch (co-musical director of the group). His most recent solo recordings on the CrissCross label are "Obligation", "Land of Shadow", "Hieroglyphica", "Unseen Universe", "Osteology", and "Heart of Darkness" which received 4 and 1/2 stars in DownBeat Magazine. He has also been voted #1 Jazz Trombonist (TDWR) in the 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critic's Poll.
In constant demand as a sideman, Herwig has been a featured member in the Joe Henderson Sextet, Tom Harrell's Septet and Big Band, and the Joe Lovano Nonet (featured as a soloist on Lovano's Grammy Award winning "52nd St Themes"). Conrad also performs and records with Eddie Palmieri's "La Perfecta II" and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet, Paquito D'Rivera's Havana-New York Connection, the Mingus Big Band (often serving as musical director, and arranger on the new 2007 Grammy nominated-"Live at the Tokyo Blue Note"), and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (Jon Faddis, musical director) among many others.
Mr. Herwig is an alumnus of North Texas State University in Denton, Texas(where he performed in the One O'Clock Jazz Lab Band), Goddard College in Plainfield, VT , (Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology), and Queens College,CUNY, (Master of Arts, Jazz Studies). Conrad has conducted masterclasses, seminars, and workshops at major universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Koln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; the University of Southern California and literally hundreds of others.
Herwig is a recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently Professor of Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Comp/Arr at Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey. Conrad was elected to the Board of Advisors of the International Trombone Association for a second time in 2006.
One of the most in-demand jazz educators, Conrad Herwig is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performs exclusively on Bach Stradivarius trombones.