Annual Thanksgiving Jazz Series features renowned New York guitarist Gene Bertoncini
Join us along with host Janet Planet for the ninth annual Thanksgiving Jazz Series: "Bringing the Outside into our Communityh at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake on Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. This yearfs featured guest will be the renowned New York jazz guitarist, Gene Bertoncini.
Joining Gene will be jazz pianist, John Harmon and host, Janet Planet. "The series began as a way to celebrate the season with family, friends and good music - before the pressures of the holiday season - and for the past nine years, we've been blessed to be able to present some of the finest jazz musicians in the country for just that." Janet Planet
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 "Segovia 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 Eydie Gorme.
Gene was nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year ('08) by the New York Jazz Press Association and The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year in 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." Bertoncini's releases, a striking CD "Body and Soul" and his "Acoustic Romance," reached the top ten of the jazz playlists. Jazziz Magazine's March 2004 issue named it number #1 of the top twenty acoustic guitar CDs. His latest recording "Reunion" (2012) featuring Gene with Mike Mainieri, Michael Moore and Joe Corsello, was voted "CD of the Month" in March, 2013 by Arnaldo DeSouteiro of JazzTimes.
A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson's tenure. He has also worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. According to the New Yorker magazine, "Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist that moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar."
Mr. Bertoncinifs teaching credits include William Patterson University, 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 project is supported by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Alliant Energy Foundation. Additional sponsorship support the Jazz Corner Society, Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic Center, and the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel.
Tickets for this special post-Thanksgiving performance are $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick en Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.