Bert P. Dalton, Grand Musician
Bert was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on March 28, 1952. He grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, then studied music at Northern Illinois University. As a professional musician, he has performed throughout the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Bert has performed with many renowned artists such as Frank Morgan, Bud Shank, Herbie Mann, Gene Lees, Anita O’Day, Pete Barbutti, Victor Mendoza, Greg Abate, Doug Lawrence, and the Smothers Brothers. He has been presented by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Desert Chorale, and the 70 piece Allen (TX) Philharmonic Symphony in a concert featuring his orchestral works for jazz trio and orchestra as well his original score score for “The Shamrock and The Feather,” a novel by Dori Dalton.
Bert has recorded and produced over a dozen albums including his own groups, The Chicago Jazz Exchange, Jazzmasters Trio, Yoboso, The Bert Dalton Trio, and the Brazil Project. His Latin jazz quartet Yoboso won the national 1995 B.E.T Jazz Discovery Competition. In addition Bert has received eleven New Mexico Music Awards, the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 1998, Bert has served as Music Director for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, a state-wide children’s dance program currently serving over 8,500 New Mexico public school students.
Bert met his life partner Dori in Arizona in 1989. They married in 1993, and settled in Santa Fe. Dori has served in a variety of hospitality and customer service management positions including Venue Coordinator at the Scottish Rite Temple. Her novel, “The Shamrock and The Feather,” was published in 2002.
A fourth generation Mason, Bert was raised to Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Des Plaines Lodge #890, Des Plaines, Illinois, on October 13, 1984. He affiliated with Montezuma Lodge #1 in 1987 and Cerrillos Lodge #19 in 2000, where he served as Master in 2004. Bert became a 32ndDegree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Santa Fe in 1987 and was honored with the 33rdDegree in 2013. He has served on the Boards of Masonic Charities and the Scottish Rite Temple Historical Preservation Foundation. Bert was appointed Grand Musician by MWB G. Wayne Morrison in 2005 and has continually served in that office since then.