GMF Tuscany ‘20 Jazz Summit Jerry Bergonzi and the Bruce Barth Trio
Certaldo, Italy, 07–11 April 2020
|Jerry Bergonzi, USA||Tenor Saxophone|
|Bruce Barth, USA||Piano|
|Mark Hodgson, UK||Bass|
|Stephen Keogh, IRL||Drums|
Master saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi gained worldwide recognition while playing with, two generations of Brubeck bands. He is renowned for his innovation, mastery and integrity, as a performer, composer, author and educator. In an endless series of rave reviews he is credited for his relentless drive, inner fire, total command, awesome technique, elastic lyricism, rich resonance and as a musical visionary. His music has been applauded throughout the world in all the major festivals, concert halls and venues.
Among the innumerable artists that Bergonzi has performed and recorded with are; Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Gerry Mulligan, Jack DeJonette, John Abercrombie, Roy Haynes, Pat Martino and many more.
Michael Brecker was asked by an interviewer how it felt, at the peak of his powers and with the world at his feet, to be the king of the tenor saxophone, Brecker replied:
"I don’t know, you’d better ask Jerry Bergonzi."
Bruce Barth is a surprising and soulful musician, is “one of the best pianists in town, period,” says the Village Voice and the Newark Star-Ledger adds,“At the piano, no one sounds quite like Barth. His solos are characterized by robust swing, by his ability to tell a story, and by his rich, beguiling sound.” Bruce has built a sterling reputation over the past 25 years working alongside a long list of jazz greats including Terrence Blanchard, Nat Adderley and Stanley Turrentine.
As a leader of his trio and larger ensembles, Bruce has performed at major venuesin the United States, Europe, and Japan; he has led bands at many majorvenues in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and major festivals in UK, Spain, Sweden, and Portugal.
Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Luciana Souza, Steve Nelson, and Tony Bennett. He has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Art Farmer, and the Mingus Big Band. Finally, Bruce is a dedicated teacher, currently on the faculties of Temple Universityand Columbia University. He has also given master classes around the globe.
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