GERRY BEAUDOIN BIOGRAPHY
Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist. First with the Boston Jazz Ensemble, then through his two award winning Gerry Beaudoin Trio recordings with mandolin titan, David Grisman and now with the New Guitar Summit which features Gerry alongside blues icon Duke Robillard and rock star turned jazz guitarist Jay Geils from the J.Geils Band.The award winning guitarist, ( 1992 NAIRD AWARD FOR BEST JAZZ RECORDING , 1993 and 1995 CADENCE EDITORS CHOICE AWARD, 1998 "submission for consideration for a Grammy nomination" ) has continued to seek out more challenging musical situations. A disciple of 7-String jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, Gerry has mastered this instrument first pioneered by George Van Eps in the late 1930's. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston , Gerry is an adjunct professor of music at Quincy Community College in Quincy , MA. As an in demand clinician and educator , Gerry has done clinics at many schools and colleges . In 2002 Gerry was chosen as the clinician' for the award winning New Jersey All Star High School Jazz Band.Living in the Boston area , Gerry is a frequent guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music.
With over forty recordings to his credit, Gerry has recorded and performed with a who's who of the jazz and blues world including Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Eddie " Cleanhead" Vinson, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Ronnie Earl, Jay McShann, , Fred Lipsius, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, Jimmy Vivino, Alan Dawson, The Woody Herman Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso from the Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton Bands Jerry Portnoy.
When Gerry teamed up with mandolin titan David Grisman he had a revelation about his career and music. The pure acoustic sound of guitar without amplification and the blending of styles and genre became a hallmark in Gerry's career from then on. Gerry and David first recorded the acoustic music cult favorite, Minor Swing. Gerry again invited David back in the studio for Just Among Friends. The latter, " submitted for consideration for a Grammy nomination." in 1998 also featured jazz guitar legend and mentor, Bucky Pizzarelli..
Press Quotes About Gerry Beaudoin
"Gerry Beaudoin is a fine guitarist, composer, and arranger in several idioms. He plays with finesse, taste, and most importantly, a high degree of groove. It was a real pleasure working with Gerry and his trio on his album projects and I look forward to more musical adventures with them in the future. Check them out!
"... Seminal jazz sounds without sounding the least bit dated."
~The Washington Post
"...In some circles, the name Gerry Beaudoin conjures up images of a guitar virtuoso who's uncanny ability to bridge musical styles ranks him as the premier New England Jazz Guitarist with a history that is long and legendary."
~ Boston Blues Society
"...Gerry can play anything from swing to bop and is one hell of a blues guitarist."
"...Hearing and seeing Gerry and his trio at the recording of their CD, Live at the Rendezvous, was like seeing B.B. King meet Benny Goodman. Reunited with his original trio of Don Saviano on fretless electric bass, and Grover Mooney on drums, this set was highly consistent with the high standards Gerry has set for himself in his career."
~A.J. Wachtel, New England Spectrum Magazine
"... One of the finest jazz guitarists on the face of the earth, Mr. Gerry Beaudoin."
~ Gene Petit Jazz DJ WICN Public Radio
"... Gerry Beaudoin is a fine singer and jazz guitarist. One time which sticks in my mind is at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Gerry performed a solo 7-string version of the Garner classic, Misty, which left myself and the crowd of thousands spellbound."
ew from the Gerry Beaudoin Trio, Swing Cafe
Featuring guest musicians David Grisman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Novick and Duke Robillard.