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Shelly Berger


SHELLY BERGER (bassist, arranger, composer, producer) was born February 22, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A teacher on the faculty of the prestigious Humber College Jazz Studies program, he is a busy arranger, composer, and producer in numerous music settings, both jazz and contemporary.

He worked as a bassist and arranger in Los Angeles for nine years, a time when he recorded and toured with name artists including Diana Krall, the Louis Bellson Big Band, and the Louis Bellson Quartet, while also occupying the Musical Director’s chair with Anita O’Day. Other career highlights include performances and recordings with Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Lew Tabakin, Ernestine Anderson, Ruby Braff, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Red Norvo, Don Menza, David Clayton-Thomas, and Roger Kellaway.

In the world of contemporary entertainment, Berger worked as an arranger-producer for Sharon, Lois & Bram, Quartetto Gelato, and Matt Dusk, and produced, arranged, and recorded with numerous pop acts including Loreena McKennitt, Chaka Khan, and Don Ross. In the broadcast field he served as arranger/producer for television series including The Elephant Show and Sesame Street, as well as themes for TSN Sportsbreak and TSN Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos baseball broadcasts.

To date, Shelly Berger has released four CDs: Solana, The Shelly Berger Big Band, Shelly Berger, and LOOK UP.