|Born||April 6, 1937|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Labels||MPS, Stash, Chiaroscuro, Concord, Motéma|
|Associated acts||Michael Moore|
Gene J. Bertoncini (born 6 April 1937) is an American jazz guitarist.
Bertoncini was born in New York City, where he was raised in a musical family. His father, Mario Bertoncini (1901–1978), played guitar and harmonica. Gene Bertoncini began playing guitar at age seven and by age sixteen was appearing on television. He graduated from high school and attended the University of Notre Dame, where, in 1959, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering.
Early in life, Bertoncini had lessons with Johnny Smith. After college Bertoncini moved to Chicago where he became immersed in the jazz scene, working with Carmen McRae. He returned to New York and played with vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and then played in one of Buddy Rich's ensembles. Bertoncini's career has included playing with Benny Goodman, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, Ethel Ennis, and Eydie Gorme.
Bertoncini had a long-running duo with bassist Michael Moore. He was part of the staff orchestras on shows featuring Merv Griffin and Jack Paar, and most famously The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After hearing a Julian Bream record at the advice of Chuck Wayne, Bertoncini began studying classical guitar and brought the instrument into playing jazz. For some eighteen years, Bertoncini played Sunday and Monday evenings at the Bistro La Madeleine on West 43rd Street in New York City.
Bertoncini has been on the faculties of Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, New York University and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. Currently Bertoncini is on the faculty of William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also on the staff of the Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps.
- 1969 Evolution (Evolution)
- 1977 Bridges with Michael Moore (GJB)
- 1977 The Guitar Session with Jay Berliner, Toots Thielemans, Richard Resnicoff (Philips)
- 1981 Crystal & Velvet with Bobbi Rogers (Focus)
- 1986 O Grande Amor with Michael Moore (Stash)
- 1987 Close Ties with Michael Moore (Musical Heritage Society)
- 1987 Strollin' with Michael Moore (Stash)
- 1989 Two in Time with Michael Moore (Chiaroscuro)
- 1996 Jiggs & Gene with Jiggs Whiggham (Azica)
- 1996 Someone to Light Up My Life (Chiaroscuro)
- 1997 Interplay with Fred Haas (JazzToons)
- 1998 East Meets Midwest with Kenny Poole (J Curve)
- 1999 Gene Bertoncini with Bill Charlap and Sean Smith (Chiaroscuro)
- 2000 Just the Two of Us with Jack Wilkins (Chiaroscuro)
- 2001 Autumn Leaves at Astley's with Frank Vignola (True Track)
- 2002 Meeting of the Grooves with Frank Vignola (Azica)
- 2003 Acoustic Romance with Akira Tana and Rufus Reid (Sons of Sound)
- 2005 Just Above a Whisper (Stellar Sound)
- 2008 Concerti (Ambient)
- 2008 Smile with Roni Ben-Hur (Motéma)
- Gene Bertoncini at AllMusic
- Official website
- Summerfield, Maurice. 1998. The Jazz Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900. United Kingdom: Ashley Mark Publishing
- Schlesinger, Dr. Judith. "The Architect of the Guitar (interview)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
I started practicing classical guitar just about the time when the bossa nova hit. Joao was borrowing my guitar, I was playing the classical repertoire, and all these things kind of came together. I was doing studio work at the time, and I got a call to play on a big album by Ahmad Jamal; they wanted somebody to play a bossa nova kind of thing.