$15 Cover @ the Door ($10 Students) / Start 8:30pm / Doors 8pm
Featuring special guest Alexandre Carvalho!
A fine, high-powered tenor saxophonist with a tone influenced by John Coltrane, a mastery of chord changes, and a strong musical imagination, Jerry Bergonzi has long had an underground following in the Boston area. He started on clarinet when he was eight, switching to alto at 12, and finally to tenor two years later. Bergonzi was inspired early on by Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley. He attended Lowell University and then after graduation played electric bass in local bands behind singers and strippers, saving up enough money to move to New York in 1972. After struggling in the Big Apple for seven years and gaining some recognition as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (with whom he appeared on several Concord albums during 1979-1981), Bergonzi moved back to Boston in 1981, where he developed a strong career both as a tenorman and as an educator. He has since led several groups (including two called Con Brio and Gonz) and recorded for the Plug, Not Fat, Red, and Blue Note labels. — By Scott Yanow, AllMusic
Jerry Bergonzi, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Grenadier, Trumpet
Luther Gray, Drums
Special Guest, Bass
Alexandre Carvalho, guitar
Guitarist Alex Carvalho hails from Rio de Janeiro, and has been part of the town's music scene for a decade. He has been a professional musician since the age of 19, when he accompanied several Brazilian singers, including a tour promoted by Polygram Records. A few years later, Carvalho moved to Boston where he developed his jazz language, performing with Claudio Roditi, Danilo Perez, Tiger Okoshi, among many others. Boston Globe referred to him as "...a vivid up tempo player whose improvisations remain delightfully melodic..." Back to Rio de Janeiro, he recorded albums and joined bands of renowned artists such as Joao Bosco, Roberto Silva and Leo Gandelman, participating in several Brazilian and five world tours, reaching almost 100 concerts, including Montreaux and the North Sea jazz Festival.
Carvalho's first solo album Central Park West was considered by O Globo as one of the best hard bop records ever released in Brazil and features French saxophonist Idriss Boudrioua. As an educator, Carvalho has been conducting seminars and guitar clinics in the US, Brazil, and abroad. He also writes articles for Brazilian editions of The Guitar Player and Guitar Class magazines. He holds a Master’s degree in music composition from Rio de Janeiro's Federal University, where his thesis about musical texture in contemporary jazz has inspired academic articles and a PhD thesis in Brazil. Carvalho joined the jazz faculty of Manhattan School of Music from 2007 to 2011 and is currently attending a Doctoral of Musical Arts program in the same institution. In recent years, along with his several side man appearances, Carvalho has been developing compositions that blend jazz with concert music, which O Globo jazz critics refer to as "...third stream with Brazilian folk music elements..."
Continuing Every Monday at 8:30pm