Jerry Bergonzi

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Jerry Bergonzi
Jerry Bergonzi, the Bennett Alliance Concert Series, Cambridge, MA.jpg
Jerry Bergonzi at Concert
Background information
Birth name Jerry Bergonzi
Born (1947-10-21) October 21, 1947 (age 70)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Jazz, Hard Bop
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Educator
Instruments tenor saxophone, piano
Years active 1970-
Associated acts Dave Brubeck
Website Jerry Bergonzi Official Site
Jerry Bergonzi
Aarhus Jazz Festival 2016

Jerry Bergonzi (born October 21, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator.[1] Bergonzi received a B.A. Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1971 and is the founder of Not Fat Records.[1][2] He has recorded extensively for Double-Time Records.


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. Bergonzi is also a professional level pianist and bass guitarist.

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

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]


  • Two Generations of Brubeck [1] (1973) with Dave Brubeck
  • Brother, the Great Spirit Made Us All (1974) with Dave Brubeck
  • Back Home [2] (1979) Concord Records with Dave Brubeck
  • Tritonis [3] (1980) Concord with Dave Brubeck
  • To Hope! A Celebration By Dave Brubeck (A Mass in the Revised Roman Ritual) - Original now out-of-print 1980 recording conducted by Erich Kunzel (Pastoral Arts Associates (PAA) LP record DRP-8318).
  • Paper Moon [4] (1982) Concord Records with Dave Brubeck
  • Lineage (Red, 1989) with Mulgrew Miller, Adam Nussbaum, Dave Santoro
  • Inside Out with Salvatore Bonafede, Bruce Gertz, Salvatore Tranchini, 1989
  • Standard Gonz (Blue Note, 1991) with Joey Calderazzo, Dave Santoro, and Adam Nussbaum
  • TILT (Red, 1991) with Andy Laverne, Salvatore Bonafede, Bruce Gertz and Salvatore Tranchini
  • ETC Plus One (Red, 1993) with Steve La Spina, Fred Hersch, Jeff Hirschfield
  • Vertical Reality (Musidisc, 1995) with Billy Hart, Andy LaVerne, George Mraz, Mike Stern
  • Just Within with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall, 1996
  • On Again (Ram Records, 1996) with Mick Goodrick, Bruce Gertz, Adam Nussbaum
  • Together Again for the First Time (Red, 1997) with Victor Lewis, Bobby Watson
  • Lost in the Shuffle (Double-Time, 1998) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
  • Fast Company (Blue Jackel, 1998) with Joey Calderazzo, Lars Danielsson, Jukkis Uotila
  • Wiggy (Double Time, 1999) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
  • A Different Look (Double Time, 2001) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
  • Dreaming Out Loud (Whaling City Sound, 2003) with Bob Kaufman, Bruce Gertz
  • Tenor of the Times with Renato Chicco, Dave Santoro, 2006
  • Tenorist (Savant, 2006) with John Abercrombie, Dave Santoro, Adam Nussbaum
  • Tenor Talk (Savant, 2008)
  • Saxology (SteepleChase, 2009) with Dick Oatts, Dave Santoro, Tom Melito
  • Three Point Shot (Intuition, 2009) with Piotr Lemanczyk, Jacek Kochan
  • Simply Put (Savant, 2009) with Bruce Barth, Dave Santoro, Andrea Michelutti
  • Three for All (Savant, 2010) with Dave Santoro, Andrea Michelutti
  • Convergence (Savant, 2011) with Bruce Barth, Dave Santoro, Andrea Michelutti
  • Shifting Gears (Savant, 2012) with Phil Grenadier, Bruce Barth, Dave Santoro, Andrea Michelutti
  • By Any Other Name (Savant, 2013)



  1. ^ a b c "Jazz Departments: Jerry Bergonzi : Living and Learning - By Chris Kelsey — Jazz Articles". 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". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 

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