April 15, Sunday Jazz Social: Gene Bertoncini / Roni Ben-Hur Trio
April 15 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, April 15, Jazz Trio Gene Bertoncini – Roni Ben-Hur – Josh Marcum
Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz g uitarists’ active today. His fluidtechnique 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. www.genebertoncini.com
The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year 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.
On January 20th, 2017, Gene Bertoncini received a distinguished award from the University of Notre Dame honoring his achievements in the performing arts. The Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C., Award recognizes Gene’s distinguished work as a jazz musician.
Roni Ben-Hur, Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike. Eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote in the Village Voice: “A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note … [He’s] a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind.” Roni – born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in New York City – has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader, with The New York Times praising his “crisp, fluid style” and Time Out New York calling him “a formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist.” Roni has directed international jazz camps for some 15 years. Jazz guitar star Russell Malone got it right when he said: “Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch.”
Originally from Tunisia, Roni’s family relocated to Dimona, Israel, where he was born into a large family – The guitarist began playing in Tel Aviv clubs as a teenager enraptured by the recordings of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell.
Roni’s latest recording project – to be released in spring 2018 via the Jazzheads imprint – finds him in league with bassist Harvie S. and drummer Tim Horner, exploring classics by jazz composers from Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and Tadd Dameron to Kenny Dorham, George Shearing and Joe Henderson. www.ronibenhur.com
Josh Marcum is a New York City-based musician, teacher, and bandleader. As a bassist, he performed with jazz artists such as Gene Bertoncini, Les Paul, Donald Brown, Bill Mobley and the Smoke Big Band, Roni Ben-Hur, Ralph Lalama, Pete Malinverni, Bob Mover, Michael Kanan, Jim Ridl, Paul Meyers, Ed Laub, and Ron McClure; with gospel musicians including Kim Burrell and Leon Lacey; and with orchestras and ensembles at such noted venues as Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, Smoke, and many more.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Josh completed degree programs in string bass performance and studio music and jazz, where he studied with professor Rusty Holloway. Josh first moved to New York City during the summer of 2004, which was when he was first introduced to the great jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, with whom he now plays regularly in a duo setting in Manhattan. http://joshmarcum.com/
Doors open 3:00pm;
Shows 3:30pm – 5:30pm (unless otherwise noted)
NJJS, in collaboration with Shanghai Jazz, presents Sunday afternoon socials, held monthly. Come for the entertaining and educational music programs, social hour, and fine food and drink.
Admission: free for NJJS members, $10 for guests. Please note that Shanghai Jazz requires a $10 food/beverage minimum for all NJJS-sponsored events; there are no exceptions. Drinks and food will be available throughout the afternoon.
- Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.