Over the decades, mainstream jazz guitar player Gene Bertoncini has firmly established himself as one of the most eloquent and outstanding masters of the plectrum steel string jazz guitar and fingerstyle nylon string traditional classical guitar! With elegance and ease, he bridges jazz, classical, pop, and bossa nova styles – integrating his own spontaneous and tasteful jazz guitar music improvisations along the way. He has attained the highest critical acclaim for his artistry on both the classical and electrical guitar! Gene was fortunate enough to have studied guitar when he was younger with jazz guitar performers Johnny Smith and Chuck Wayne who had published their own collection books of jazz guitar tabs and jazz guitar tablatures.
Bertoncini’s music roots revert back to his earlier years in the Bronx where he grew up in a home filled with music. His love affair with the guitar began when he was 7 years old and by the time he was 16 he was appearing on New York tv broadcasts. His profession took an unusual turn once he made the decision to fulfill yet another long standing interest and earned a degree in architecture at Notre Dame. He was rapidly swept into the music scene at the college and the initial thing he did immediately after receiving his degree was to play opposite Carmen McRae in Chicago. He returned to New York to play with vibraphonist Mike Manieri and afterwards with a quintet led by drummer Buddy Rich. He describes his architectural experience as something which gives his jazz guitar tunes their finely wrought structure and style. He gets continual praise for the exceptional structure of his solo jazz guitar arrangements and improvisations which serve as a vehicle for his virtuoso pickstyle and fingerstyle guitar technique.
Gene Bertoncini has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Benny Goodman Sextet, singers Tony Bennett, Morgana King, Lena Horne, Vic Damone, and Edye Gorme, jazzmen Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, and Paul Winter, as well as arranger/composers Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin, and Michel LeGrand amongst others! He played regularly on the Merve Griffin and Johnny Carson shows and has been one of the most prolific and popular studio guitar players in New York City. At the end of the seventies and the early 1980s Gene worked with upright jazz bassist Michael Moore in a duo that The New York Times described as “one of the finest pairings of jazz strings”. They cut a number of record albums collectively that are considered by quite a few to be some of the most extraordinary jazz guitar recordings ever released.
Bertoncini’s teaching credits include the Eastman School of Music where he routinely plays and conducts summer time workshops for jazz guitar players, the New England Conservatory, New York University, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has been a highly sought after guest clinician in schools and universities all over the country. Thankfully for aspiring guitarists, Gene has gone on to publish various instructional jazz guitar tab books and DVD courses which teach his harmonic arranging ideas and techniques.
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