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The jazz community, both amateurs and professionals and specialized critics, consider Jerry Bergonzi one of the great saxophonists of recent decades. His instrumental style, heir to the paths pioneered by John Coltrane, comes to us full of a characteristic sound and a personal way of interpreting modern Jazz.
Jerry Bergonzi has known how to collect the heritage and shape it, creating his own language that makes him a great teacher, singular and identifiable.
A lover of Jazz since childhood, he discovered Lester Young at the age of eight, Jerry Bergonzi is a sax giant emerging from the Boston scene, a companion on stage and in the recording studios of masters such as Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, John Scofield and Michael Brecker .
Also recognized as one of the great pedagogues of modern music, Jerry Bergonzi is responsible for authoring the study methods used by students around the world, as well as a tireless disseminator of Jazz in universities and seminaries on the five continents.
His way of playing stands out for his enormous expressive capacity and unparalleled talent when it comes to creating sounds and atmospheres of great beauty and depth, surprising with his own compositions or reconstructing Jazz classics.
Jerry Bergonzi Sextet Live Stream – January 18th, 2023
Jerry Bergonzi – Tenor, Compositions Phil Grenadier – Trumpet, Fluegelhorn Allan Chase – Saxophones Plamen Karadonev – Piano Matt Stavrakas – Bass Luther Gray – Drums
Filmed live by Joe Musacchia at Pete’s Basement Studio and engineered by Peter Kontrimas
Jerry Bergonzi’s bio
Jerry Bergonzi (born October 21, 1947) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator.
Early life and education
Bergonzi received a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1971 and is the founder of Not Fat Records.
Jerry Bergonzi first gained recognition as he became a frequent guest-artist on several Dave Brubeck ensemble tours and recordings during the 1970s, and he held the saxophone chair in the Dave Brubeck quartet from 1979 to 1982. He recorded nine albums with Brubeck, from 1973 to 1981.
Bergonzi teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Jerry Bergonzi is the author of Inside Improvisation, a multi-volume series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, and another series of books about improvisation published by Advance Music. He is also the author of the book/CD set Sound Advice, published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
Jerry Bergonzi has recorded on the Blue Note, Red, Not Fat, Concord, Atlantic, Label Bleu, Enja, Columbia, Deux Z, Denon, Canyon, Cadence, Musidisc, Ram, Ninety One, Freelance and Savant recording labels. He has recorded extensively for Double-Time Records.
Jerry Bergonzi is also a professional level pianist and bass guitarist.
He plays a mouthpiece by Aaron Drake (Drake “Jerry Bergonzi” Signature Mouthpiece).
Jeff Ellwood compiled and engraved nearly 200 of Bergonzi’s original tunes.
As a leader As sideman
Con Brio (1983) Featuring Bruce Gertz (1985) Uranian Undertow (1986) Caught in the Act (Not Fat, 1988) On Red (1988) Lineage (1989) Inside Out (1989) Etc Plus One (1991) Standard Gonz (Blue Note, 1991) Tilt (1991) Peek a Boo (Evidence; Label Bleu 1993) Vertical Reality (Musidisc, 1995) Just Within (Double Time, 1997) Together for the First Time (1998) On Again (Ram, 1998) Fast Company (Blue Jackel, 1998) Lost in the Shuffle (Double-Time, 1998) Wiggy (Double-Time, 2000) A Different Look (Double-Time, 2001) Live Gonz! (Double-Time, 2002) Intuition (SteepleChase, 2004) Live Gonz II (Double-Time, 2005) Tenor of the Times (Savant, 2006) Tenorist (Savant, 2007) Tenor Talk (Savant, 2008) Saxology (SteepleChase, 2009) Simply Put (Savant, 2009) Three Point Shot (Double Moon/Intuition, 2010) Three for All (Savant, 2010) Convergence (Savant, 2011) 4+1 with Jerry Bergonzi (Effendi, 2011) Sonic Shapes (Stunt, 2011) Shifting Gears (Savant, 2012) Tetragonz (Stunt, 2013) By Any Other Name Sonora No. 2 Meet Jerry Bergonzi Intersecting Lines (Savant, 2014) Quintonic (Stunt, 2014) Rigamaroll (Savant, 2015) Spotlight on Standards (Savant, 2016) Inner Journey Dog Star (Savant, 2017) Seven Rays (Savant 2019) Nearly Blue (Savant 2020) With Dave Brubeck 1973 Two Generations of Brubeck 1974 Brother, the Great Spirit Made Us All 1979 Back Home 1980 Tritonis 1981 Paper Moon
With Joey Calderazzo
1991 In the Door 1991 To Know One
With Miles Donahue
1995 Good Listener 2003 Standards Vol. 1 2003 Standards Vol. 2 2006 In the Pocket
With Daniel Humair
1991 Edges 1993 Open Architecture
With Hal Galper
1993 Just Us 1995 Rebop 1999 Let's Call This That 2018 Cubist
With Bruce Gertz
1992 Third Eye 1995 Blueprint 1996 Discovery Zone 1998 Shut Wide Open 1999 Red Handed
With George Gruntz
1992 Blues 'n Dues Et Cetera 1996 Sins 'n Wins 'n Funs
With Bob Kaufman
2001 The Line Between 2003 Dreaming Out Loud
With Eartha Kitt
1991 Thinking Jazz 1995 Standards: Live
With Andy LaVerne
1994 Spirit of '76 2001 True Colors
With Nando Michelin
1996 Facing South 1997 Common Grounds 1999 Art 2000 Chants 2006 When Einstein Dreams
With Alex Riel
1994 Emergence 1998 Unriel 2000 Rielatin ' 2002 The Riel Deal
With Dave Santoro
1999 Dave Santoro Standards 2000 Standards Band II 2001 The New Standard
With Brooke Sofferman
1999 Modesty's Odyssey 2002 The Green Between 2004 One Stone Two Birds 2007 Fine Whines
With Richard Sussman
1978 Free Fall 2003 Live at Sweet Rhythm 2012 Continuum
1987 The Art of the Saxophone, Bennie Wallace 1993 Sunscreams, Mick Goodrick 1995 Grey Angel, Jacek Kochan 2000 Love Everlasting, Bob Moses 2000 On the Inside Looking In, Dan Wall 2000 Restoration Comedy, John D'earth 2001 Global Sound, Dalia Faitelson 2002 The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973–1991, Miles Davis 2006 Sometime Ago, Joachim Kühn 2007 You Don't Know Me, Rebecca Parris 2008 Eastern Standard Time, Alan Baylock