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Thursday 14th June 2018 - 8:30 pm

Music Charge: £15.00

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“"This guy is the real tower of power..."”

Downbeat Magazine

US-based Jerry Bergonzi is widely recognised as one of the finest tenor saxophonists in the world. An internationally acclaimed jazz performer, composer, author and educator, his music is renowned for its innovation, mastery of technique, lyricism and rich resonant tone. He has featured on over 150 albums and had 100 of his own compositions recorded. He began his career playing with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and John Scofield, has toured and recorded extensively with numerous international giants of jazz (including Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan and Pat Martino) and released many acclaimed albums as a bandleader in his own right. Equally renowned as an educator Jerry was for many years an established Professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and as an educator as well as performer he tours the world giving highly sought after masterclasses on jazz improvisation. To put his playing in context, when Michael Brecker was asked in an interview once what it was like to be the greatest living saxophonist he replied, “I’ve no idea. Ask Jerry Bergonzi”, similarly when MB was asked if he still practiced he replied “With saxophonists like Jerry Bergonzi around you can’t afford not to!” This gig is a rare opportunity to catch this iconic international performer in London. Also appearing with Jerry will be the brilliant UK pianist Gareth Williams and his trio.

"This guy is the real tower of power...His bold penetrating tone and furiously paced streams of notes make for a commanding voice indeed. His passionate improvisations are marked by a consistency of strength in every register and a penchant for harmonic development." Downbeat

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