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Dick Berk

Dick Berk

born on 22/5/1939 in San Francisco, CA, United States

died on 8/2/2014 in Portland, OR, United States

Dick Berk

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Richard Alan "Dick" Berk (May 22, 1939 – February 8, 2014) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.[1]

Berk was born in San Francisco, California. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and played in the Boston area early in the 1960s. In 1962 he moved to New York City and played there with Ted Curson and Bill Barron in a quintet from 1962 to 1964. Following this he played with Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, and Walter Bishop, Jr., among others. He moved to Los Angeles late in the 1960s, where he played with Milt Jackson, George Duke, Cal Tjader, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Blue Mitchell. He founded the Jazz Adoption Agency in the early 1980s, playing into the 2000s; among this group's alumni are Andy Martin, Mike Fahn, Nick Brignola, John Nagorney, Keith Saunders, Tad Weed, and John Patitucci.

He died in 2014, aged 74.[2]


As leader

  • Rare One (Discovery, 1983)
  • Big Jake (Discovery, 1984)
  • More Birds Less Feathers (Discovery, 1986)
  • Music of Rodgers & Hart (Trend, 1988)
  • Let's Cool One (Reservoir, 1991)
  • Bouncin' With Berk (Nine Winds, 1991)
  • East Coast Stroll (Reservoir, 1993)
  • One by One (Reservoir, 1995)

As sideman

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

  • Bish Bash (Xanadu, 1964 [1975])

With Ted Curson

  • Tears for Dolphy, (Fontana, 1964)
  • Flip Top (Freedom, 1964 [1977])
  • The New Thing & the Blue Thing (Atlantic, 1965)

With Don Friedman

  • Flashback (Riverside, 1963)
  • Dreams and Explorations (Riverside, 1964)

With Milt Jackson

  • That's the Way It Is (Impulse!, 1969)
  • Just the Way It Had to Be (Impulse!, 1969)

With Blue Mitchell

  • Stablemates (Candid, 1977)

With Cal Tjader

  • Live at The Funky Quarters (Fantasy, 1972)
  • Puttin It Together (Fantasy, 1973)


  1. ^ Dick Berk at AllMusic
  2. ^ D'Antoni, Tom (February 10, 2014). "Dick Berk, Jazz drummer, Portlander, dead at 74…TRIBUTE UPDATE". Oregon Music News. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
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