Jerry Bergonzi

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Jerry Bergonzi
Jerry Bergonzi, the Bennett Alliance Concert Series, Cambridge, MA.jpg
Background information
Born (1947-10-21) October 21, 1947 (age 71)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator
InstrumentsTenor saxophone, piano
Years active1970–present
LabelsDouble-Time, Not Fat
Associated actsDave Brubeck
Websitejerrybergonzi.com
Jerry Bergonzi at the Aarhus Jazz Festival in 2016

Jerry Bergonzi (born October 21, 1947) is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He received a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1971 and is the founder of Not Fat Records.[1][2]

Career[edit]

He 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 - 1982.[3] Bergonzi recorded nine albums with Brubeck, from 1973 to 1981.[4]

Bergonzi teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.[1]

He 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.

He 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.[2] He has recorded extensively for Double-Time Records.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 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, 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 Gonzi (Double-Time, 2002)
  • Intuition (SteepleChase, 2004)
  • Live Gonzi 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)[5]

As sideman[edit]

With Dave Brubeck

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 others

Miscellaneous[edit]

Bergonzi is also a professional level pianist and bass guitarist.

He plays a mouthpiece by Aaron Drake (Drake "Jerry Bergonzi" Signature Mouthpiece).

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jazz Departments: Jerry Bergonzi : Living and Learning - By Chris Kelsey — Jazz Articles". jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "Jerry Bergonzi". New England Conservatory of Music. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  3. ^ Miller, Mark (November 5, 1998). "Jazz review: Jerry Bergonzi, with the Brian Dickinson Trio". Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada].
  4. ^ "Bergonzi's Recording Credits With Dave Brubeck". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  5. ^ "Jerry Bergonzi | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Jerry Bergonzi | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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