Bernard Scerri (bassist)

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Bernard Scerri was a bass player who spanned both the rock and jazz scene in Malta.

He was born in Floriana on the 19 of July 1966, the youngest of four children for John E. Scerri and his wife Theresa nee' Azzopardi. He was educated at St. Paul's Missionary College and the New Lyceum. During most of his adult life he worked at Mid-Med Bank and later H.S.B.C.

Music was Scerri's true profession and passion. He started playing the guitar in his early teens and by 1982 he had started playing bass guitar with various groups including Sphinx and Man & White. In 1990 he met jazz musician Paul Giordimaina at the BJ's Night Club in Paceville who encouraged him to try playing jazz music.

From then on jazz become his musical style of preference and he played along with other established Maltese jazz musicians like Charles "City" Gatt, Antoine Bonnici Soler, and Walter Vella among others.

Scerri appeared in four editions of the presitgious Malta Jazz Festival. At one of these events he also played with the the Diane Nalini Quartett from Canada.

His last public appearance was during a concert by Etika in Valletta, however, he played again at a private event with his friends Walter Vella, Joe Micallef and Paul Giordimaina.

Bernard Scerri was married to Jacqueline Micallef. His only son's name is Julian.

He died on 3 October 2002.