|Born||November 1938 (age 82)|
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, pop, classical|
|Labels||Novus, Arista, DMP|
|Associated acts||Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, L'Image|
Warren Bernhardt (born November 1938) is an American pianist in jazz, pop and classical music.
Bernhardt was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. His father was a pianist, leading him to have early childhood exposure to piano,and he learned some rudiments of keyboarding from his friends. At five his parents moved to New York City, where he began studying seriously under varied instructors. After the death of his father in 1957 he quit music for a time to study chemistry and physics at the University of Chicago. In that city he was exposed to blues and jazz, which influenced the rest of his career.
From 1961 to 1964 he worked in Paul Winter's sextet, which led to his return to New York. Once in New York, he worked with George Benson, Gerry Mulligan, Jeremy Steig and others. He also developed a close relationship with the pianist Bill Evans, who served as a mentor to Bernhardt. Bernhardt released several solo LPs in the 1970s, and eventually became a member of the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead while continuing to work on solo projects.In 1971, he provided the piano accompaniment on the song "Crossroads" by Don McLean.
Bernhardt has released jazz and classical recordings over recent decades, and is also featured in teaching sessions in both audio and video formats from Homespun Tapes.
Bernhardt toured as the musical director with Steely Dan in the United States from 1993 to 1994,and can be heard on Steely Dan's Alive in America album. He has performed with Simon and Garfunkel's Old Friends tour, on Art Garfunkel's solo tours, and can be seen on the Art Garfunkel DVD and HDTV presentation Across America.
In 2009, Bernhardt reunited with his band from 1973, L'Image, featuring Mike Mainieri, David Spinozza, Tony Levin and Steve Gadd. The group performed at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, toured Japan, and released the album L 'Image 2.0.
With Kenny Burrell
With Art Farmer
With Tim Hardin
With O'Donel Levy
With Mike Mainieri
With Pat Martino
With Gerry Mulligan
With Jeremy Steig
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