Named one of the Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” (2013), Berner
has appeared alongside such notable jazz luminaries as P.J. Perry, Bobby
Shew, Hugh Fraser, Slide Hampton, Bob Stroup, Chu Cho Valdez, Lew
Tabackin, Guido Basso, and Tommy Banks, Hillario Duran and commercial
talents Gino Vinelli, The Temptations, Dan Aykroyd, and E.C. Scott. He
has performed at Edmonton’s Jazz City Festival and Yardbird Suite, been
a featured artist at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and played Calgary’s
“Beatniq”, Saskatoon’s “The Bassment”, Vancouver’s “The Cellar”, and
numerous other jazz clubs throughout Canada and the U.S. In addition, he
has performed on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” and numerous radio and
TV specials. A former Grant MacEwan Outreach instructor, he maintains a
busy performing, lecturing, and teaching schedule. In addition to having
performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Berner has released his
second album, the critically acclaimed “Fortress of Solitude”,  his
third which was the subject of a CBC live national broadcast, and his
most recent one, “Love Letters to a Rat Free Capital”, which was
nominated for both an Edmonton Music Prize and a Western Canadian Music Award.

    Berner was co-producer of Edmonton’s Yardbird Jazz Festival in
2005/06 and can be heard on numerous CD’s including his own debut CD,
“Sextet”. He has performed at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.,
and the Polish Embassy in Ottawa, as well as leading his sextet to
Mexico’s “Internacional Festival de Cervantino” and returning there to
perform for the Canadian embassies “Canada week”. Berner is also
formerly the announcer and producer of “A Time For Jazz”, heard every
Saturday on CKUA and the writer of the “Jazz Standards” column in
Edmonton’s SEE magazine. He was the director of the Jazzworks college
small  group workshop for several years as well as the creator of and
director of the “Horns for Hope” program for 6 years. He has toured all
of Canada, most of the U.S., Hong Kong and Mexico and was also nominated
for the TD Canada trust Jazz award, the Galaxie rising star award, and
several mayoral arts awards.