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Gene Bertoncini with Doug Richeson at Bungalow Jazz..

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by Mark Subel on November 3, 2010

This Thursday, November 4th, we will be treated to the jazz guitar mastery of guitarist, Gene Bertoncini. The performance will take place at Becky Ogden’s 5th Avenue Bungalow, otherwise known as Bungalow Jazz. Joining Gene Bertoncini is local bass player, Doug Richeson. Show time is at 8:30pm.

Over 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. 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 and recorded with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, the Benny Goodman Sextet; singers Tony Bennett, Morgana King, Lena Horne, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme; jazzmen George Benson, Jimm Hall, Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, 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….”

More about Gene at his website: http://genebertoncini.com/

About the Bass Player, Doug Richeson

Mr. Richeson lives near Columbus, Ohio. He freelances Nationally and Internationally as a musician and teacher of Classical, Jazz and Contemporary Music on his instruments, the String Bass and Electric Bass. He has recorded on several recordings, performing on Electric and String Bass. Performing in a variety of venues with many jazz greats, to name a few: Tony Bennett, Ralph Sharon, Count Basie Orchestra with Tony Bennett, Phil Collins Big Band with Quincy Jones, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Heath, Jack Jones, Sammy Nestico with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra musical director Byron Stripling, Newark – Granville Symphony Orchestra with Musical Director Tim Weiss and many more. Mr. Richeson was the Bass Instructor at Capital University, Conservatory of Music 1987-93. Summer of 1999 and 2006 he was the Guest Jazz Bass Clinician at the American School of Double Bass. He is currently teaching Classical and Jazz Bass at Denison University, School of Music.

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