Meet The Artist
Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists’ active today. His fluid
technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the
of jazz." An eloquent and versatile
improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz
greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich,
Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such
distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and
Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in
New York City
the best jazz concert of the year 1999. Mr.
Bertoncini's acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His CD, "Someone
to Light Up My Life" which features his own arrangements of the
compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won
international raves. Brazilian critic's and listener's polls also named him the
best acoustic jazz guitarist. Gene Bertoncini has just released a striking new
solo CD, "Quiet Now" on the heels of his highly successful
"Acoustic Romance," which reached the top ten of the jazz playlists.
Jazziz magazine's March 2004 issue ranked it Number 1 in their list of the top
20 acoustic guitar CDs.
newest CD is called “Concerti” and features Gene with a string quartet and
prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as
a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson's tenure, and he has
worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand
and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the
Eastman School of Music and
New York City
native, he graduated from the University of
Notre Dame with a degree in architecture. According to the New Yorker magazine,
"Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist that moves easily
back and forth between classical and jazz guitar."
was just nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year (09) by the New York
Jazz Press Association.