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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Hong Kong City Hall Theatre; Hong Kong Cultural Centre October 7-13, 2018 “There are so many beautiful players in the world... and so few listeners," announced Jerry Bergonzi somberly from the stage, to a smatter of chuckles. That punchline might be flipped on its head in Hong Kong, where there is no shortage of upmarket bars in the Central district programing at least some semblance of “jazz," but just ...

FILM REVIEWS

Jerry Bergonzi: Two More DVDs from the Master Educator

Read "Jerry Bergonzi: Two More DVDs from the Master Educator" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are plenty of stellar musicians who can't teach and plenty of fine educators who lack the skills or know-how to play at a top-tier level. There aren't a lot of internationally acclaimed musicians who are also viewed the world over as exceptional teachers; saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is one of the few. Bergonzi has traveled plenty with his horn, playing his own music and backing up bigwigs across the globe, but he's made an even bigger impact ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Eternal Student

Read "Jerry Bergonzi: Eternal Student" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Jerry Bergonzi is regarded as one of the most important saxophonists in the world. Equally, he continues to make significant contributions in the world of jazz education. He is the author of Inside Improvisations Series (Jazzwise Publications), a manual developed in seven volumes--his eighth book is due to come out soon--that has become essential for jazz students around the world.The only element that speaks to time is his white hair, because his enthusiasm hasn't changed since recently deceased ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Bergonzi: Shifting Gears

Read "Shifting Gears" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Gifted tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has proven to be among the best in the business, spanning a hefty solo career amid numerous guest spots and session duties for others. With this quintet release, the leader hearkens back to the modern jazz ingenuity and reverence of 1960s-era outings for the likes of the Blue Note and Prestige record labels. However, the musicians' respective styles impart a distinct group-centric sound, streaked with a contemporary vibe. Bergonzi and trumpeter Phil Grenadier's ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jerry Bergonzi: Two DVDs from the Master Educator

Read "Jerry Bergonzi: Two DVDs from the Master Educator" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has spent decades honing his skills and he has the discography to prove it. Strong solo dates on the RED, Double-Time and Savant labels, along with notable sideman work with legends such as pianist Dave Brubeck, have earned him the respect of his peers and the reputation of being a no-nonsense force of nature on his instrument, but his best work may take place in the classroom. Bergonzi has been codifying and passing ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence

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Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has become one of the most reliable recording artists in jazz. In between his day job as a Berklee College of Music professor, and performing, he turns out a great album or two every year. Featuring mostly tenor horn, Convergence follows dutifully in that pattern. The album splits between a classic piano-based quartet and the more risky piano-less trio with equally good results. Bergonzi, who also overdubs soprano sax for a few tracks, has no problem carrying ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Three Point Shot

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Musicians often benefit from the stimulus provided by a interacting with a new group of cohorts. If nothing else, personnel changes can remake the creative process and offer dramatically altered results. In an art form like jazz, that leans heavily on improvisation, this can only be a good thing. It is, therefore, a pleasant surprise to hear tenor saxophonist/educator Jerry Bergonzi working with an altogether different rhythm section in Europe, consisting of two Polish musicians. Better still, this trio has ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Simply Put

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Jerry Bergonzi is a true giant among modern day saxophonists. The Boston-based artist's fourth effort for Savant is perhaps his finest solo outing to date, amid his extensive output as a first-call session ace. No frills or reinventions here, as Bergonzi cuts to the chase in buoyant fashion via his full- bodied tenor sax sound and razor sharp lines, dappled with edgy phrasings, and lyrically resplendent phrasings.

The saxophonist transmits an authoritative presence, abetted by his ace rhythm ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Tenor Talk

Read "Tenor Talk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jerry Bergonzi, a Bostonian who has been plying his trade for more than four decades, often slips through the cracks when the names of accomplished post-bop tenor saxophonists are bandied about. Rather strange, as Bergonzi has had a notable career as a player/educator that has included quality time with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, among others, and Tenor Talk is the twenty-fifth recording he has made as leader of his own groups. In spite of this, Bergonzi is better known in ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Reptilian Fantasies & Tenor Talk

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Bruce Gertz Quintet Reptilian Fantasies Open Mind Jazz 2008 Jerry Bergonzi Tenor Talk Savant Records 2008

Jerry Bergonzi, a turbo-charged tenorist in the tradition of Coltrane, Rollins and Hank Mobley, has been flying just under the radar of heavyweight acclaim for many years; two releases show why this Boston-based journeyman deserves ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Tenor Talk

Read "Tenor Talk" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Talking about the tenor. Talking about the giants. Talking about Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins and Pharoah Sanders. Talking about the people who blew the night into day and the day into night. They were swinging, singing, shouting--always searching deeper into the music.

To play the tenor is to carry the load of tradition, and nobody carries this load more gracefully than Jerry Bergonzi who, like George Garzone, belongs to the category of ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Tenorist

Read "Tenorist" reviewed by Joshua Weiner

We all make our choices in life, and perhaps saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi's desire to teach--which has resulted in a position at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston as well as several acclaimed books on improvisation--explains why he does not have the name recognition (and big major label contract) of some other tenors. Judging from this Savant release, Tenorist, it sure ain't the music.This disc is full of strong tunes and exciting playing, but alas and alack ...