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In Memoriam: Herman “Trigger” Alpert

Herman “Trigger” Alpert with Glenn MillerHerman “Trigger” Alpert passed away on December 21st at the age of 97. The jazz bassist was best known for playing in the original Glenn Miller civilian orchestra, where he was credited with adding some much needed swing to the rhythm section.

Alpert was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1916. After studying at Indiana University, he moved to New York City to work as a bassist with Alvino Rey. It was here that Alpert caught the attention of Miller, whose famous band produced swing hits like “In The Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “A String of Pearls.” Miller had handpicked Alpert to join the air force for his elite orchestra. The two became close friends up until Miller’s death in 1944.

Alpert went on to work with Tex Beneke, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman, and many more. He released one solo album, Trigger Happy!, in 1956 on Riverside Records. In 1970, he quit music and began a photography business.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Herman “Trigger” Alpert.

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