Bernard Addison

Once upon a time, before Elvis and the Beatles came along, the reputation of a guitarist in popular music was much less flamboyant: something along the lines of a Bernard Addison. Nicely dressed and never obtrusive in any way, this Maryland native performed on recordings with the popular groups such as the Mills Brothers and Ink Spots, but most of his credits come from the world of jazz. He had the fortune to work with many of the greatest leaders in this music, including Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, and Jelly Roll Morton. He is also one of the many fine musicians involved with the '30s and '40s studio sessions of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.