Gene Bertoncini Trio
Gene Bertoncini Trio
Featuring Michael Benedict & Mike Lawrence
July 21, 2018 8PM
The Van Dyck Lounge
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid
technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the
Segovia of jazz. An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with
Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.
The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year 1999. Mr. Bertoncinis acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His CD, Someone to Light Up My Life which features his own arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won international raves. Brazilian critics and listeners polls also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist. Gene Bertoncini has just released a striking new solo CD, Quiet Now on the heels of his highly successful Acoustic Romance, which reached the top ten of the jazz playlists. Jazziz magazines March 2004 issue ranked it Number 1 in their list of the top 20 acoustic guitar CDs.
His newer cds: Concerti features Gene with a string quartet and bass; Reunion with Michael Mainieri, Michael Moore, Joe Corsello and Joy with Clay Jenkins and Ike Sturm.
A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carsons tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. A New York City native, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame 59 with a degree in architecture. According to the New Yorker magazine, Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist that moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar.
Gene was just nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year (09) by the New York Jazz Press Association.
On January 20th, 2017, Gene Bertoncini received a distinguished award from the University of Notre Dame honoring his achievements in the performing arts. The Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C., Award recognizes Genes distinguished work
as a jazz musician.
The Capital Region Rhythm Section of drummer Michael Benedict and Mike Lawrence on bass will round out the trio.
Van Dyck Lounge (View)
237 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
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