August 6, 1954|
Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, swing, blues|
|Labels||North Star, Francesca, Arbors|
|Associated acts||Duke Robillard, Jay Geils, David Grisman|
Beaudoin's father listened to Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Andrés Segovia, and country music. Inspired by Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash, Beaudoin started playing guitar around the time he was ten-years-old. When he was fifteen, he began playing professionally with a country band. During the rest of high school, he played in blues bands, rock bands, and an Italian wedding band.
In 1972, he went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While visiting his sister in New York City, he saw performances by jazz guitarists Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Joe Puma, and Chuck Wayne. One night he saw Bucky Pizzarelli and was motivated to buy a seven-string guitar. Pizzarelli became a lifelong friend and mentor.
Beaudoin had the good fortune to work with two guitarists he admired when he was younger. In high school, he had seen a concert by blues guitarist Duke Robillard and Roomful of Blues that left a deep impression on him. During the 1980s, he worked with Roomful of Blues when it was led by Ronnie Earl and occasionally was accompanied by Jay McShann and Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. In high school, he was given the J. Geils Band's first album, which he tried to work out on guitar. In 1992, he met Jay Geils, who said he owned some of Beaudoin's albums. Years later, Beaudoin, Robillard, and Geils formed the New Guitar Summit, a swing trio with roots in the music of Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman. Their second album, Jazzthing II, featured guest performances by Randy Bachman.
- In a Sentimental Mood with the Boston Jazz Ensemble (North Star, 1990)
- Minor Swing with David Grisman (North Star, 1992)
- A Sentimental Christmas with the Boston Jazz Ensemble (North Star, 1994)
- Sentimental over You with the Boston Jazz Ensemble (North Star, 1994)
- Just Among Friends (Honest/Linn, 1998)
- Live at the Rendezvous (Francesca, 2003)
- Swing Cafe (North Star, 2005)
- Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings Featuring Aaron Weinstein (Arbors, 2006)
- The Lost Sessions with Rich Lataille (Francesca, 2010)
- The Return (CD Baby/Francesca, 2011)
- Saturday Night at Main Street with Teddy Lavash (Francesca, 2013)
- Restrospective (Francesca, 2001)
- New Guitar Summit (Stony Plain, 2004)
- Shivers (Stony Plain 2008)
- I Like It When It Rains, Ronnie Earl (1990)
- B-3 Blues and Grooves, Ron Levy (1992)
- Jay Geils Plays Jazz, Jay Geils (Stony Plain, 2005)
- Jazzthing II, Randy Bachman (2007)
- Toe Tappin' Jazz, Jay Geils (North Star, 2009)