Eddie Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961. After studying at Juilliard, Gomez played with Rufus Jones' sextet, Marian McPartland (1964), Paul Bley (1964-1965), Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio (1966-1977). He has since worked in a countless number of settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus (1978) and with Steps Ahead (1979-1984), Benny Wallace, JoAnne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. His recent recording Duets, co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammys. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker,Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Gomez and Mark Kramer performing.
Marco Pignataro: Saxophone
Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophonist, composer, educator, and jazz columnist. A native of Bologna, Italy, Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His CD, Homesick, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro's compositions and arrangements. His latest CD is Per Sempre by the Eddie Gomez Quintet. Pignataro is currently managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) in Boston, a RICO performing artist, and endorser for Mauriat saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology.
Matt Marvuglio: Flute
Matt Marvuglio is dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music. A virtuoso flutist and composer, he has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, premiering his compositions for jazz flute. He has presented clinics for the National Flute Association, the Acoustic Society of America, and the International Flute Convention in São Paulo, Brazil. His first solo album Why Cry? features original compositions and arrangments. He has played and recorded with great jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Phil Wilson, Eddie Gomez, and Kenwood Dennard, among others.
Teo Ciavarella: Piano
Italian pianist Teo Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader: Halfway, a trio recording which took place at Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia; Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, Cheryl Porter, and Henghel Gualdi; and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, recorded live in the Aula Absidale S. Lucia at Bologna University and in the Beethoven Haus in Koblenz, during a tour in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin. In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. At an award hosted by ANT Italia he received the Live Jazz for Life award for 2003. A celebrated educator, Ciavarella is a professor of piano at the Ferrara Conservatory in Italy. A piano virtuoso and an highly creative improviser, Ciavarella has played with jazz greats including Gerrry Mulligan and Steve Grossman and he is presently part of the Eddie Gomez Quintet.
Yoron Israel: Drums
Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted and sought after musicians in the music industry today. Israel's brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 100 major recordings. Some of the artists that he has worked with include Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, and Joshua Redman. Israel is the assistant chair of percussion at Berklee.