Kenny Bergeris a highly regarded, long standing presence on the New York jazz scene in a variety of capacities. Well known as one of New York’s top baritone saxophonists, bass clarinetists, and composer-arrangers, he has a wealth of experience in both small and large ensembles in a variety of jazz styles, and many years of experience as a teacher of arranging, composition, ensembles, saxophone and jazz history at the college and university levels. As a player he has appeared on over two hundred recordings in a wide variety of styles and settings. He is also a jazz historian and journalist with a unique insider’s perspective.
He remains active on the New York jazz scene where he is frequently the only actual Brooklyn native in many groups on that borough”s fertile jazz scene.
Performance and recording*credits
Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Duke Pearson Big Band,
Lee Konitz Nonet*, Duke Ellington Orchestra*, National Jazz Ensemble*, Julius Hemphill Sextet*, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra*, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Chuck Zeuren Quartet, Bill Holman Big Band, Ned Rothenberg Powerlines Ensemble*, Gil Evans Orchestra, Don Sebesky NY All-Star Band*,
Bobby Previte Septet, Jimmie Maxwell*, Bill Mays*,
New York Voices*, Phil Woods Little Big Band, Manny Albam Big Band,
John Williams Tanglewood Jazz Ensemble, Dave Brubeck Big Band,
New Jazz Composers Octet, John Pizzarelli Swing Seven*, Westchester Jazz Orchestra*, David Matthews Big Band*, Art Farmer*, Urbie Green*, Bill Kirchner Nonet*, Freddie Hubbard, Houston Person*. Peter Hand Big Band* Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra*, J.C. Sanford Orchestra*, Billy Mintz Two Bass Band*
Lee Konitz Nonet*, National Jazz Ensemble*, Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Band*, New York Saxophone Quartet, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, * .Frankfurt Radio Jazz Orchestra, DSM Big Band*, Bill Kirchner Nonet,
The Duke’s Men, Diane Moser Composers Big Band, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker,* Kenny Burrell, Art Farmer, Pat Martino, Gerry Mulligan*,
Sheila Jordan, Carrie Smith, Nora York.
Compositions commisioned by
National Jazz Ensemble, Lee Konitz- Frankfort Radio Jazz Orchestra, Westchester Jazz Orchestra,
Phil Woods-Delaware Water Gap Festival of The Arts, John Cipolla (international clarinet recitalist), International Clarinet Quartet.
2000-M.A. in Jazz History and Research, Rutgers University
1993- Bachelor of Professional Studies, Empire State College
!989-91- Founding member of BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
1965-68- Majored in bassoon performance, Mannes College of Music
Private study- Saxophone, flute ,clarinet with Danny Bank. Clarinet with Dave Tofani. Flute with Andrew Lolya, Harvey Estrin. Bassoon with Steven Maxim, William Polisi, Sanford Sharoff.Composition with Morgan Powell, Edward Green, Manny Albam, Bob Brookmeyer.
2016- Substitute instructor, BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
2013- Substitute instructor of Jazz History and Advanced Jazz Composition, The New School.
2011-12-Substitute instructor of Jazz History, The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase.
2008- Adjunct instructor of Jazz history, New Jersey City University
2001-2007: Director of Jazz and Woodwind studies, Newark Academy, Livingston NJ
1999-2001: Adjunct professor of advanced jazz composition and graduate level jazz history, New Jersey City University
2000: Adjunct instructor of Jazz history, Ramapo College, Mawah NJ.
1999-2000: Adjunct instructor of Jazz history, Rutgers University, Newark NJ
1996-98: Adjunct professor of Jazz arranging, composition, saxophone and ensembles, New Jersey City University (then known as Jersey City State College).
1993-1994: Adjunct professor of jazz arranging and director of Repertory Ensemble, William Paterson College, Wayne NJ
1991: Substitute instructor of basic jazz arranging, Manhattan School of Music.
Recordings as leader
John McNeil-Kenny Berger “Hip Deep” Brownstone Records
John McNeil-Kenny Berger “Brooklyn Ritual” Synergy Music Group.
Columbo On The Corner-3 Movements for Saxophone Quartet In Memory of John Carisi-Boyga Music-2009*
Ten Contemporary Etudes for Bass Clarinet with Extended Range-Boyga Music 2016*
Amble-Contemporary Pastorale for 2 Bassoons-Boyga Music 2017*
Biographical essay on Coleman Hawkins in The Oxford Companion to Jazz, Oxford University Press.
Essays on Swing and Free Jazz in Microsoft Encarta AfricanaCD-ROM Encyclopedia, 2000 ed.
Co-author, solo transcription book The Buddy DeFranco Collection, Hal Leonard Publishing.
Liner notes- 1999 Re-issue of “Coltrane’s Sound” John Coltrane, Rhino-Atlantic records.
Liner notes-2000 Re-issue of “Woody Herman and The Herd at Carnegie Hall-1946,Verve-Polygram.
Accompanying booklet for 6-CD box set, “Oliver Nelson: The Verve, Argo, Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions”.Mosaic Records
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