|Bert Thompson is an old friend — we worked
together in bands in the San Francisco Bay area.
Like several of the very top traditional jazz
musicians in the US, Bert is from the UK, born in
Dundee, Scotland. He came to the US and played
in the 101st Airborne Division band for two years.
He has degrees from San Francisco State and the
Ph. D. from the University of Oregon. He retired
as an English professor a few years ago.
Bert has played with many of the great bands in
the San Francisco area, including 10 years with
Professor Plum. For many years, he was the
drummer with Gremoli, a 6-piece New Orleans-
style band, and Ted Shafer's Jelly Roll Jazz Band,
an 8-piece Watters/Oliver-style band.
Bert has contributed many pieces for our Rag.
Most are CD reviews of some of the very good
small bands from the USA and Europe. Other
columns are a bit more controversial. Stay tuned!!