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 68)
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 (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 Fred Rast.[5]

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 Records 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 Records, 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
  • ETC Plus One (Red, 1993) with Steve La Spina, Fred Hersch, Jeff Hirschfield
  • Vertical Reality (Musidisk, 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)


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson


  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. 
  5. ^ Rast, Fred. "Biography". Rast Music. 

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