Bertoncini and Knific Jazz Duo - March 28, 2018
Acclaimed jazz bass professor at Western Michigan University is joined by legendary guitarist, Gene Bertoncini, for an exciting concert of old and new jazz standards.
It seems that only beautiful sounds emanate from Gene Bertoncini’s guitar. — The New Yorker
This is music to touch the heart and renew the spirit. Gene Bertoncini tells a story of rare beauty in every note. — George Fendel, JazzScene
The Segovia of Jazz - Gene Lees
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists’ active today. 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. The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year.
Tom Knific has performed with many of the great jazz and classical artists of our time on tour and on record. They include Gene Bertoncini, Billy Hart, Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Fred Hersch, and others. He and Eric Marienthal co-led the “Dream Band” with Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner and Harvey Mason in the first live interactive concert multi-cast over the Internet. As a classical artist, he has recorded with Pepe Romero, Andre Watts, Philippe Entremont, and the Merling Trio. He as appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has performed as principal bassist with orchestras and chamber orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He has appeared at chamber music festivals throughout North America and Europe and is a founding member, bassist and composer for the contemporary music group, OPUS 21. Tom is professor of double bass and director of jazz studies at Western Michigan University. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and has presented over a hundred master classes worldwide including The China Conservatory, Beijing, The University Of The Arts, Berlin, The Janacek Academy and The Paris Conservatory.