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Gerry Beaudoin

GERRY BEAUDOIN BIOGRAPHY

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist and educator. His first national success was in 1990 with the Boston Jazz Ensemble. Gerry then went on to make three critically acclaimed Gerry Beaudoin Trio recordings with mandolin titan, David Grisman. The award-winning guitarist, (1992 National Association of Independent Record Distributors Honorable Mention in the traditional jazz category, 1993 and 1995 CADENCE EDITORS CHOICE AWARD, 1998 “submission for consideration for a Grammy nomination”) has had a career that has taken him from the jazz clubs of Boston and New York to symphony hall’s and the concert stage across the USA and Canada. A graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music Gerry quickly became a fixture on the New England jazz scene. Encouraged by jazz guitar legends Bucky Pizzarelli and Kenny Burrell after meeting them as a young student , Gerry combined the chordal techniques and sensibilities of Bucky Pizzarelli with the easy, bluesy swing of Kenny Burrell to create a unique style all his own. With in a few short years Gerry had performed or recorded with many jazz and blues luminaries including Ronnie Earl, Eddie “ Cleanhead “ Vinson, Jay McShann, Dick Johnson, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Duke Robillard, Lowell Fulsom, Gatemouth Brown, Dave McKenna, Alan Dawson, and harmonica legend from the Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters Bands, Jerry Portnoy. In 1990 Gerry released his first recording as a leader with the Boston Jazz Ensemble titled In a Sentimental Mood. Released to rave reviews and critical acclaim it catapulted Gerry onto the national jazz scene. It was quickly followed by two other well received recordings Sentimental Over You and Sentimental Christmas. It is a tribute to Gerry and the Boston Jazz Ensemble that In a Sentimental Mood is a best seller and was re-mastered and re-released for it’s twentieth anniversary. When Gerry teamed up with mandolin titan David Grisman he had a revelation about his career and music. The pure acoustic sound of guitar without amplification and the blending of styles and genre became a hallmark in Gerry’s career from then on. Gerry and David with guest guitarist, blues icon, Duke Robillard, first recorded the acoustic music cult favorite, Minor Swing. Gerry again invited David back in the studio for Just Among Friends. The latter, “submitted for consideration for a Grammy nomination” in 1998 also featured jazz guitar legend and mentor, Bucky Pizzarelli. and clarinetist Billy Novick. In 1997 Gerry formed the New Guitar Summit featuring himself, blues legend Duke Robillard and two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee J. Geils from the legendary J.Geils Band. Their signature three part guitar harmonies and easy camaraderie on stage made them favorites of audiences across the USA and Canada. Stellar reviews of their performances and recordings have compared them favorably to the Great Guitars which featured jazz guitar legends Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd. While on a tour of western Canada in 2006 New Guitar Summit was invited into the studio by Canadian rock and roll legend Randy Bachman from the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive. This recording titled “Randy Bachman and the New Guitar Summit: Jazz Thing Two” was released on April10, 2007. In 2003 Gerry returned to his acoustic roots and formed Gerry Beaudoin and the Kings of Strings featuring Jay Geils. Featuring Gerry and Jay on acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, mandolin and violin they combine elements of blues, swing, jazz, and gypsy to create a cross genre concert attraction of unparalleled excitement and creativity. Their new recording Kings of Strings is on Arbors Jazz. The Kings of Strings were chosen for a Statesmen of Jazz tour in 2007. Gerry’s latest performing project is with fellow 7-string guitarist Howard Alden. Friends and performing partners on occasion since 1996 the two guitarists have made a commitment to make performing together more often a mutual goal in 2008 with the Howard Alden-Gerry Beaudoin Quartet. Gerry is the leader of the Jazz Masters concert attraction which features Karrin Allyson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen and J.Geils with the Gerry Beaudoin Trio. In the summer of 2008, after a ten year hiatus, Gerry launched the new Gerry Beaudoin Quartet Nouveau featuring Rich Greenblatt on vibes, Bob Nieske on electric bass and Rich Greenblatt on vibes. Their new recording is due out in 2010. Gerry was placed on the 2009 Grammy Awards ballot for best jazz performance and best jazz arrangement. Gerry has been included in the definitive book on jazz guitarists written by Down Beat jazz magazine columnist and All Music Guide editor Scott Yanow, Great Jazz Guitarists: The Last 100 Years due out from Hal Leonord Publications in late 2010 or early 2011. Gerry has appeared on over fifty recordings in his career and three DVD’s.

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New Guitar Summit: Shivers

Read "Shivers" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


The second album from the triumvirate of virtuoso guitarists J. Geils, Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin is another set of vintage jazz-blues in which the three guitarists improvise while prodding, teasing and pushing each other to greater heights. While only four of the tracks are originals written by one or more members of the group, each track fits comfortably within the swing-bop-jazz-blues context of the album.

On Shivers the three are joined by yet another brilliant guitarist, Randy ...

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The New Guitar Summit feat. J. Geils, Howard Alden, Gerry Beaudoin at Iridium Nov. 17-21

The New Guitar Summit feat. J. Geils, Howard Alden, Gerry Beaudoin at Iridium Nov. 17-21

Source: All About Jazz

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB 1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st) NEW YORK, NY 10019 RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121, www.iridiumjazzclub.com

SHOW TIMES NIGHTLY AT 8:00, 10:00 Nov. 17-21 THE NEW GUITAR SUMMIT FEATURING J. GEILS, HOWARD ALDEN, GERRY BEAUDOIN

New England has always had an affinity for guitar players. In recent memory three of the finest are Gerry Beaudoin, Jay Geils and Howard Alden. The three all have solid careers of their own with a ...

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Howard Alden-Gerry Beaudoin Jazz Guitar Duo

Howard Alden-Gerry Beaudoin Jazz Guitar Duo

Source: All About Jazz


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Frank Vignola-Gerry Beaudoin Trio in a Clinic-Concert on August 17, 2002

Frank Vignola-Gerry Beaudoin Trio in a Clinic-Concert on August 17, 2002

Source: All About Jazz

On Saturday August 17, 2002 The Frank Vignola-Gerry Beaudoin Trio will be presenting a clinic concert at Roberts Restaurant, 342-344 Moody Street Waltham,MA.

The clinic we be held noon to 2:00 PM and pre-registration is required. The fee for the clinic is $ 25.00. All levels and stringed instrument players welcome. For registration and information contact Gerry Beaudoin at 781-894-7984 or by email at [email protected]

The concert will be two shows at 7:30 PM and 9:00PM. Tickets available in advance ...

Quotations

“… Gerry, it was a pleasure having you perform at our 2003 Ottawa International Jazz Festival. You are the real deal. We are looking forward to having you back in the future.” - Jacques Emond, Festival Director, OIJF

“…Karrin Allyson, Geils and Pizzarelli were complemented by Gerry Beaudoin and his fine trio and saxophonist Harry Allen who contributed their own magic with standards that ranged from Gershwin to Count Basie. - Sun Chronicle �"Foxboro MA 2010

“… Beaudoin and his trio play with verve and panache on their live recording. Beaudoin has a lovely harmonic sense, a good deal of lyricism, and most important of all he swings like crazy. This is a fine jazz guitar CD from a gifted player.” - Chris Burden, String Jazz Magazine, UK

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

2000-Present Adjunct Professor of Music Quincy College 2009-Present Clinician Henrikson Jazz Amps and D'Angelico Guitars 2009- Clinic/Concert-Colonels Guitar Party Pawtucket RI 2007- Premier Guitar Show Clinician Boston MA 2001 Clinician New Jersey High School All Star Jazz Band 1998 Visiting Artist Series Berklee College of Music Private Lessons Jazz Guitar . Please email [email protected] for rates and available schedule

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Saturday Night At...

Francesca Records
2010

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Shivers

Stony Plain Records
2008

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