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Gene Bertoncini | May 2nd | Our Lady Of Peace Church

geneOver decades, Gene Bertoncini has firmly established himself as one of the most eloquent and versatile masters of the guitar. With elegance and ease, he bridges jazz, classical, pop, and bossa nova styles, integrating his own spontaneous and tasteful improvisations along the way. He has earned highest critical acclaim for his artistry on both the classical and electric guitar.

Bertoncini’s musical roots go back to his early years in the Bronx where he grew up in a house filled with music. His love affair with the guitar began when he was seven, and by the time he was sixteen, he was appearing on New York television.

His career took an unusual turn when he decided to fulfill another long-standing interest, and took a degree in architecture at Notre Dame. He was quickly swept into the musical scene at the university, and the first thing he did after picking up his degree was to work opposite Carmen McRae in Chicago. He returned to New York to work with vibraphonist Mike Manieri, and then with a quintet led by drummer Buddy Rich.

He describes his architectural experience as something which gives his music its finely-wrought form and style. He wins continual praise for the superb structure of his arrangements and improvisations which serve as a vehicle for his virtuosic technique.

Gene Bertoncini has worked 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; and arranger/composers Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin and Michel LeGrand, among others. He performed regularly on the Merve Griffin and Johnny Carson shows, and has been one of the most prolific and popular studio musicians in New York City. For the past eight years Bertoncini has performed with bassist Michael Moore in a duo which The New York Times describes as “...one of the finest pairings of jazz strings....”

Mr. Bertoncini’s teaching credits include the Eastman School of Music where he regularly performs and conducts summer workshops for jazz guitarists, the New England Conservatory, New York University, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has been a highly sought-after guest clinician in colleges and universities throughout the country.

This Friday starts Gene Ween Band US Southeast tour

weenCome on out and see Gene Ween and his band, doing some new songs, some ween songs, and some freaky covers. His all-star band features Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz, guitarist Scott Metzger and drummer Joe Russo.

 

Friday, March 20
Cat's Cradle
300 E Main St
Carrboro, NC
w/opening act Torch Marauder
www.etix.com



Saturday, March 21
Neighborhood Theater
511 East 36th St
Charlotte, NC
w/opening act The Loners
www.neighborhoodtheatre.com


Sunday, March 22
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA
(an Evening with GWB)

www.ticketalternative.com


Tuesday, March 24
Exit/In
2208 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN
w/opening act The Mattoid
www.exitin.com


Wednesday, March 25
40 Watt
285 W Washington St.
Athens, GA
w/opening act Timmy Tumble
www.40watt.com


Thursday, March 26
Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC
w/opening act
Shake It Like a Caveman
http://theorangepeel.net

Mike Berkowitz & the Gene Krupa Band at Iridium for Gene's 100th Birthday

Gene Krupa- for the Grateful Web

Star drummer Gene Krupa and his Orchestra were the hottest of the hot stuff in the big band years. Fortunately Mike Berkowitz, an incredible drummer of today rescued the brilliant Krupa arrangements and put together a phenomenal aggregation of some of our New York Jazz world's swingingest musicians and Vocalist extraordinaire, Cassie Miller from L.A. Not just for nostalgia buffs and music historians, any real jazz lover has to be thrilled by the sounds made by this amazing 16-piece group.  Scott Barbarino has booked them into the Iridium, the premiere Jazz room (on West 51 Street and Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13, which coincides with what would have been Gene Krupa's 100th birthday.  The sets are at 8 pm and 10 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to recapture big band music at its most exciting.

Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
212-582-2121 for reservations
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com

Gene Ween Band Tour Dates Announced + New Ween CD

Ween at the Cat''s Cradle- for the Grateful Web

Recorded live at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC 12/9/92, the CD comes with a bonus DVD which features clips from Ween's first tour of Holland, and also Stache's in Columbus, OH.  As Dean Ween says; "The whole thing is so brown that it's almost black.

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Upcoming Gene Ween Band Dates:

Wednesday Dec 10
Mexicali Blues 
1409 Queen Anne Rd,
Teaneck, NJ 07666
TIX: www.ticketweb.com/
doors at 6/show 9pm - 18+

Thursday Dec 11
Recher Theater
512 York Rd
Towson, MD 21204
TIX: ticketmaster.com and rechertheatre.com
doors at 8/show 9 - all ages

Friday Dec 12
Black Cat
1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009   
TIX: ticketmaster.com and
the Black Cat Box Office
doors at 8/show 9pm - all ages

Saturday Dec 13
Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave,
Asbury Park, NJ
TIX: Stone Pony box office, ticketmaster.com or livenation.com
doors at 8/show 9pm - all ages

Tuesday Dec 16
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St,
Phila. PA 19104
TIX: worldcafelive.com
doors at 7/show 8 - all ages

Wednesday Dec 17
Music Hall Williamsburg
66 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIX: ticketmaster.com and Mercury Lounge doors at 8/show 9pm - 18+

Thursday Dec 18
Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
TIX: ticketweb.com
highlineballroom.com or at the Highline Ballroom Box Office
doors at 7