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Bernie Glow (February 6, 1926 – May 8, 1982) was an American trumpet player who specialized in jazz and commercial lead trumpet from the 1940s to 1970s.

Glow's early career was on the road with Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and others during the last years of the big-band era. The majority of his years were spent as a first-rate New York City studio musician, where he worked with Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, and did thousands of radio and television recording sessions.


At The High School of Music & Art, during the Second World War,[1] Bernie played in bands with future notables Stan Getz, Tiny Khan, Shorty Rogers and George Wallington.

Other than the influence of symphonic trumpet masters and his peers, Glow was influenced early on by performances of Snooky Young with the Jimmie Lunceford band, and Billy Butterfield with Benny Goodman.

Early Career 1942-1949Edit

Just sixteen and out of high school, Glow spent a year on the road with the Richard Himber Orchestra. Two years later he was with Xavier Cugat and then Raymond Scott on CBS radio. In 1945 he was playing lead trumpet with the Artie Shaw band. Following that stint, he was with Boyd Raeburn.

In 1949, at 23, he retired from the road after more than a year with Woody Herman and his famous "Second Herd".

NYC Freelance Years 1949-1952Edit

In this middle period Glow worked as a trumpet player in a wide variety of situations. He played in big bands, Latin bands and dance orchestras. He performed around Manhattan in theaters, dance halls, night clubs and on the radio. This was the final preparation that launched him into the burgeoning commercial and studio scene.

Studio Years 1950s-1970sEdit

Beginning in 1953 Bernie Glow was a first-call trumpet player and played on thousands of recording sessions. There was great variety in the kinds of music being recorded; One day he would play a radio commercial for Pepsi, and the next he would record an album with Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald. Many of these studio big-band sessions were led by leading composer/arrangers Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones and Oliver Nelson. He played on the seminal Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaborations that produced the masterpiece albums Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy and Bess (1958), Sketches of Spain (1959), and Quiet Nights (1962). Glow also spent time as a member of the NBC and CBS staff orchestras.

He played a Bach Stradivarius Bb 72* (lightweight) trumpet.


As sidemanEdit

With Manny Albam

With Tony Bennett

With George Benson

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Ruth Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Candido Camero

With Betty Carter

With Al Cohn

With Hank Crawford

With Miles Davis and Gil Evans

With Bill Evans

With Gil Evans

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Aretha Franklin

With Curtis Fuller

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Jimmy Giuffre

With Benny Golson

With Urbie Green

  • Urbie Green's Big Beautiful Band (Project 3, 1974)

With Eddie Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Billie Holiday

With Freddie Hubbard

With Milt Jackson

With Al Kooper

With John Lewis

With Mundell Lowe

With Herbie Mann

With Gary McFarland

With Blue Mitchell

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Wes Montgomery

With Mark Murphy

  • Rah! (Riverside, 1961)

With Oliver Nelson

With Joe Newman

With Laura Nyro

With Anita O'Day

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jimmy Smith

With Rex Stewart and Cootie Williams

With Sarah Vaughan

With Walter Wanderley

With Dinah Washington

With Doc Severinsen- "The Big Band's Back in Town" -Command records- 1962 With Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony backing The Stylistics- Trumpet solos on "Do the Hustle" & "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)"- 1975


  1. ^ "Notable Alumni," Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School. Accessed Nov. 9, 2016.

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