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Bassist Frank Herzberg - born in East Berlin - began playing drums at the age of 7. Influenced strongly by his older brother, the bassist Hartmut Herzberg, he switched to the instrument which captured his heart.

He became a violin maker in Markneukirchen - one of Germanys centres of instrument making and started in 1990 to study double bass at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Kammervirtuose Gerd Reinke.

Frank won a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he was lucky to take classes with Charlie Banacos and Hal Crook in Jazz Improvisation and graduated from Berklee with the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and Performance.

Frank returned to Berlin, where he completed his classical studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. Since 1997, Frank has lived in São Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a bassist with different jazz formations and is a member of the bass section in the Symphonic Band of São Paulo.

Frank Herzberg has appeared on nearly 60 CD's as a bassist, plays regularly with his own trio, and with the Marta Karassawa Quintet, John Stein Group, and the André Juarez Quartet, among others. He works also as a studio musician and producer for instrumental music in Brazil. He appears regularly at festivals giving concerts and workshops about improvisation.

During his carrier he has appeared on stage, in the studio, or in workshops with Horace Sliver, Antonio Sanchez, John Stein, Zé Eduardo Nazário, Ithamara Koorax, Bocato, Guilherme Franco, Teco Cardoso, André Juarez, Torsten de Winkel, Bob Moses, Jaques Schwartzbart, Steve Hass, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch, Andre Pawelski, and Chris Allen, among others.

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Instrumental CD of the Month Frank Herzberg Trio: “Handmade” (FH) 2011

Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced & Engineered by Frank Herzberg Recorded on November 26 & 27, 2010 Total Time 57:17

Arguably the best jazz album of the year, “Handmade” was conceived, engineered & self-produced by the great São Paulo-based German bassist Frank Herzberg. Everything is impressive: the original material, the arrangements, the bright sound quality, the pristine mastering. And, specially, the soulful performances by this cohesive trio of giants: Herzberg on acoustic bass, Alexandre Zamith on acoustic piano & Rhodes, and Zé Eduardo Nazário on drums.

“Handmade” transcends any categorization

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Frank Herzberg has offered a jazz improvisation course for professional musicians and music teachers in São Paulo Brazil since 1997. His unique method is based on two simple ideas: History and Repetition. History... After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after private improvisation classes with Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz, Ed Tomassi and the legendary Charlie Banacos, Frank found himself with one urgent question: What to study first? With a shelf full of methods, transcriptions, and handwritten notes about improvisation, it was a difficult task to organize a systematic method of study

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Album Watershed by John Stein


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Album Handmade by Frank Herzberg


Self Produced

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