Conrad Herwig


November 1, 1959 --

Conrad Herwig is a jazz trombonist from New York City.  Herwig is an alumnus of University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas, where he performed in the One O'Clock Lab Band. He attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology, and Queens College, CUNY, with a Master of Arts, Jazz Studies.

He began his career in Clark Terry's band in the early 1980s and 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 others.

His release "The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter" featuring Eddie Palmieri, was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance. Related projects include Sketches of Spain y Mas and Another Kind of Blue-The Latin Side of Miles Davis on Half Note Records, which was also Grammy-nominated in 2005, and the 1998 Grammy-nominated CD, The Latin Side of John Coltrane: all recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Featured musicians included Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Valentin and Brian Lynch (co-musical director of the group). Herwig's solo recordings on the CrissCross label are "A Jones for Bones Tones", Obligation, Land of Shadow, Hieroglyphica, Unseen Universe, Osteology, and Heart of Darkness which received 4 and 1/2 stars in Down Beat. He has been voted #1 Jazz Trombonist (TDWR) in the 1998, 1999, and 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critic’s Poll, and nominated for Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist's Association in 2007 and 2008.

Herwig has conducted master classes, seminars and workshops at hundreds of universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Köln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.; and the University of Southern California.

The recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Herwig is professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation and jazz composition/arrangement at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, a position he has held since 2004, and visiting professor of jazz studies at the Juilliard School, NYC. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trombone Association. Herwig performs exclusively on Michael Rath trombones.


  • With Every Breath (Ken Music) (1987)
  • New York Hardball (Ken Music) (1989)
  • The Amulet (Ken Music) (1991)
  • Intimate Conversations (Ken Music) (1990)
  • New York Breed (Double Time) (1996)
  • Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place) (1996)
  • Heart of Darkness (Criss Cross Jazz) (1998)
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  • Osteology (Criss Cross Jazz) (1999)
  • Trio de Barnardo Sassetti (Groove Jazz) (2000)
  • Unseen Universe (Criss Cross Jazz) (2000)
  • Hieroglyphica (Criss Cross Jazz) (2001)
  • Shades of Light w/ Andy LaVerne (Criss Cross Jazz) (2002)
  • Land of Shadow (Criss Cross Jazz) (2003)
  • Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis (Half Note) (2004)
  • Conrad Herwig & Brian Lynch, Que Viva Coltrane (Criss Cross Jazz) (2004)
  • Obligation (Criss Cross Jazz) (2005)
  • Sketches of Spain y Mas (Half Note) (2006)
  • A Jones for Bones Tones (Criss Cross Jazz) (2007)
  • The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, Featuring Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch (Half Note) (2008)
  • The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, Featuring Randy Brecker and Eddie Palmieri (Half Note) (2010)

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