Edward Isaac "Ed" Bickert, CM (born November 29, 1932) is a Canadian jazz guitarist. Early life, Second youngest of his family, Bickert was born in Hochfeld, Manitoba; his family (parents and 5 children) moved shortly after he was born to Vernon, British Columbia. Although their primary occupation was in farming and orchards, where the children worked as well, his mother was a pianist, and father was a fiddler. Young Ed learned to play basic guitar chords from his sole older brother. On the weekends during the 1940s, he joined in with his parents playing at country dances. After high school, he worked briefly before driving across Canada to Toronto, Ontario with an aspiring writer friend, in 1952. He managed to establish himself in a few years, after a few non-paying jobs, and taking some formal guitar lessons, as guitar player for the leading jazz groups in Toronto. Career, By the sixties, he was a first-call studio musician, there, osmosis let him apply a respected musical sense and developing modern harmonic approaches from old fashioned sensibilities with pick and fingers. Notable for his long association with the late Moe Koffman and Phil Nimmons' recordings, Bickert became a charter member of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass. Playing with the rare American musicians who employed Toronto rhythm sections in local gigs, Bickert married, and eschewing the road, stayed at home and raised a family of his own. A friendship with renowned guitarist Jim Hall merited a recommendation to Hall's old acquaintance, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, who was looking for a band in the 1970s. Desmond quickly felt a rapport with Bickert, and bassist Don Thompson, who recorded some of their appearances at the now-defunct Bourbon Street club in Toronto, with two different drummers. Recordings from those sessions were released as "Paul Desmond Quartet LIVE" in LP format by A&M Records, and additional tracks were released much later on CD by Telarc. The sessions Desmond's enthusiasm for the guitarist's graceful choruses of chordal solos, and incomparable accompaniment gifts, forced him to record with Bickert state-side at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with top musicians Connie Kay on drums, and bassist Ron Carter--the album Pure Desmond was the result. The guitarist's use of the solid-body Fender Telecaster especially sets him apart from his peers, as he attained a warm full tone, enriching the chords. Bickert made a few LPs with Rosemary Clooney and other well-known artists through the 1980s and 1990s, as well as leading his own sessions. Although he did not formally teach students in one-on-one lessons, Bickert was a well known clinician and had many aspiring players attend his various workshops. Unfortunately, in the mid 1990s, a fall caused some formidable injury to both of his arms. Bickert recovered, and continued to play and tour until his retirement in the early 21st century, after the death of his wife, Madeline. Awards, Bickert and Don Thompson won a Juno Award in 1980 for Best Jazz Album, for their album Sackville 4005. Bickert and fellow jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky won another Juno Award for the album This is New. In 1996, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.