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Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini in concert at WMU

by Tonya Durlach

Sept. 16, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Gene Bertoncini.
Photo Michael G. Stewart
KALAMAZOO--Gene Bertoncini, long considered by critics and fans to be one of the true "guitar heroes," will perform at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Joining Bertoncini will be his partner on bass for more than 20 years, Tom Knific, WMU professor of music and chair of the jazz studies area.

General admission tickets are $15 and $5 for students with a valid Bronco ID card. They are available at the door and through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Bertoncini's career has spanned nearly 50 years. His past musical partners have included Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson as well as composers Lalo Schifrin and Michel Legrand. He was nominated as "Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year" by the New York Jazz Press Association and was named acoustic jazz guitarist of the year multiple times in Brazil.

Bertoncini was featured extensively in the August 2011 edition of Jazz Times magazine. Bertoncini and Knific have performed in tandem throughout the United States and Asia and appear on three CDs together: Knific's "Home Bass" and "Siena," and Renata Artman Knific's "West of Everywhere."