2015 Guest Master Artist

Gene Bertoncini - This Master jazz guitarist is a favorite on the international scene.  Spending the weekend with us after a week-long jazz camp at the Eastman School of music, Gene's gonna give a master of a master class Saturday afternoon and then Saturday night, watch out!

Gene Bertoncini can transform a nylon-string guitar into a little orchestra. Called "The Segovia of Jazz Guitar" by the late jazz critic and historian Gene Lees, he has accompanied Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson, collaborated with Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter and Burt Bacharach among many others, and made landmark duo recordings with bassist Michael Moore. The quiet, intimate atmosphere of Sundman Hall in the Match Factory makes it an ideal place to hear Gene.  

"In a time where noise masquerades as passion and pyrotechnics pretend to be technique, Gene Bertoncini is in another universe, a universe that values subtlety, sensitivity and soul.  Gene is a true master."  - Alan and Marilyn Bergman

"Gene has his own beautiful, individual sound and style like no other - and through his playing one can learn a great deal about what a spiritually good person he is as well."  - Bucky Pizzarelli




Other 2015 Artists:

Photo:  Judy Kirtley

Russ Kassoff - Pianist Russ Kassoff returns again in 2015 with his lyric playing and sparkling wit, leading the Friends Band rhythm section and the APS Saturday evening concert. He'll also play at Centre Crest on Friday at 2 pm.  Known for his years accompanying Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli among others, Russ continues to work with Rita Moreno and many other vocalists.  www.russkassoff.com

Jay Anderson - Jay Anderson has worked with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Carmen McRae, Michael Brecker and Michael Franks, among others. He currently plays in the Maria Schneider Orchestra and appears on her Grammy-Award winning CD, Blue Skywww.jayandersonbass.com



Dennis Mackrel - "Dennis... is already a good drummer, and one day he's really actually going to be a monster!"  Count Basie
Dennis is now that monster on the drums, you won't want to miss a single moment of his playing.  www.DennisMackrel.com



Teri Roiger - Celebrating Billie Holiday, with John Menegon (bass) and Wayne Hawkins (piano).  An integral member of the SUNY New Paltz (NY) Jazz Program for over ten years, Teri teaches Jazz Voice, the History of Jazz, and Vocal Jazz Ensembles, a jazz vocalist who also plays piano, composes music and writes lyrics.  Internationally acclaimed, Teri's releasing her latest recording project Summer 2015.  www.TeriRoiger.com


Zeropoint Big Band - Led by Rick Hirsch (sax) and Eddie Severn (tpt), these guys play the best in “modern” big band jazz: Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer.  And they also play great new music written by members of the band. You gotta see it to believe it - a who’s-who of regional jazz all-stars.  www.zeropointbigband.com


Arthur Goldstein - His quartet with Steve Bowman is one of the local master classes.  www.ArthurGoldstein.com


Rick Hirsch 4Jeff Beck (b), Kevin Lowe (drms), Mac Himes (g) and Rick Hirsch (sax)
This instrumental foursome interprets rock and pop music through their unique filter of post-bop and modal jazz, drum-and-bass, and R&B.  They stimulate and entertain listeners as they shed new light on classics by the likes of The Beatles, Van Morrison, Nirvana, and Eric Clapton.  The RH4 also performs the evocative and compelling originals of saxophonist Rick Hirsch, an award-winning composer in his own right. And though they're making music without a net (i.e. their game plan is to expect spontaneity), everything they do is rooted in melody and groove.  RickHirsch4