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Bernard Ighner

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Born in Houston Texas, January 18th 1945.
Graduated from Jack Yates High school in 1962.
Benard was never formally trained musically. He is one of
those born naturals. Multi-Talented, multi-instrumentalist.
He plays piano,guitar,bass,drums,flugelhorn,Alto,Soprano Sax and flute.
In addition to those things, he also is an arranger and recording

engineer. Shortly after his graduation from High School, Benard, his mother and four other siblings moved to  San Diego, California.  Within  a few months living in San Diego, Benard realized he needed more than the laid back atmosphere of the quiet little San Diego town.
Benard enlisted into the Army, within a few months of moving to 
California. His musical career however, did not begin until he return to San Diego.
In 1965 Benard met Dizzy Gillespie in San Diego at his older sisters home.
“I played piano and  sang for him.  He really liked what he heard.”
He invited me to sing with his Band the night after we met. The band consisted of  Michael Longo(piano)Frank Schifano(Bass)
Candy Finch(Drums) and James Moody(Saxophone)
Dizzy wanted me to join him in Los Angeles to record.
I did join him there.  We recorded five tracks at Ray Charles’
studio…A single was released as a result, on Mercury Record label. One of the songs was Dizzys’ “ Con Alma.”
Shortly after we did the recording, James Moody became ill with Bells Palsy and couldn’t play his horn.

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