Latin Music and Culture CelebrationEddie Gomez Quintet
Join the Eddie Gomez Quintet as they release their newest CD, Per Sempre. Featuring Bob Gullotti on drums, Kevin Harris on piano, and Matt Marvuglio on flute, Marco Pignataro on sax, and Eddie Gomez on bass.
This concert is part of the Berklee Latin Culture Celebration and is sponsored by the Berklee Performance Division in collaboration with Villa Victoria.
Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. The Latin Grammy Award winner's impressive resumé includes performances with giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and Benny Goodman. His unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, R&B, popular, and contemporary music. Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961. After studying at Juilliard, he played with Rufus Jones's sextet, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio. He has since worked in countless settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus and with Steps Ahead, Benny Wallace, JoAnne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, and 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.
A native of Bologna, Italy, Marco 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, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His CD, Sofia's Heart, 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 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 Pérez, Phil Wilson, Eddie Gomez, and Kenwood Dennard, among others.
Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music. The native Kentuckian's compositions and arrangements vary from explosive polyrhythmic pieces to introspective ballads. Harris has performed at the Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Wang Theatre, Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, and Wally's Jazz Café. He has also participated in the Havana, Cuba and Boston, MA jazz festivals. His music contains the varied influences of Marcus Roberts, Chopin, Keith Jarrett, Danilo Pérez, and Thelonious Monk. Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Marco Pignataro, Eddie Gomez, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, and Jerry Bergonzi.
Bob Gullotti is one of the most accomplished drummers you will ever encounter. Combining power, subtlety, grace, and a virtually unmatched articulation of rhythm, Gullotti sets a standard to which most drummers can only imagine reaching. He is an active teacher and performer, a regular in the jazz scenes of Boston and Providence. He currently can be found performing with his own group, the Fringe, as well as with the Hal Crook Group, Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet, and Gil Aharon Trio.