• 8/15/2019 ~ Gene Bertoncini Quintet

    Acclaimed trumpet player Terell Stafford, hails from New York and has been saluted as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player”. Terell is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, combining a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. His exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. While pursuing a music education degree at the University of Maryland, Stafford played with the school band prior to studying trumpet fundamentals at Rutgers University. Terell gained the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Center Orchestra and teach at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Julliard. Currently, he is the Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia and continues to offer his guidance and support.
    Award-winning vibraphonist Mike Maineri is primarily recognized as a remarkable talent in the producer, arranger, and composer scopes, shaping the cutting edge in music.
    During the 1950’s and early ‘60s, he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Wes Montgomery. At the age of 20, he won Downbeat’s International Jazz Critic’s Award.
    In the late 1970’s, Mike founded the pioneering jazz/fusion group Steps Ahead, which included previous cohorts Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, and Don Grolnick.
    As a composer, arranger, and performer, Mike has contributed to over 100 gold and platinum albums. An active participant in the rock and pop scenes, Mike produced and co-wrote three albums with Carly Simon, and recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Bonnie Raitt, George Benson, Paul McCartney and on Don McClean’s classic album: American Pie.
    Drummer Joe Corsello was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut and has made a lifetime commitment to playing drums and continually striving to reach new highs in the drumming world. Joe studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, under the watchful eye of drum legend Alan Dawson. After leaving Berklee, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army band and was stationed in Staten Island, N.Y.
    During his Army stint, Joe studied with drummer Joe Hunt, who was living in New York City. After completion of his service obligation, Joe went on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Buddy DeFranco. Joe currently travels with saxophonist Sonny Rollins and can be heard on recordings with Rollins, Marian McPartland, Benny Goodman, Steve Marcus, Ralph Lalama, Mike Moore, Sal Salvadore, Mike Mainieri and the list goes on.
    Bassist Jeff Fuller has been an integral part of the Connecticut jazz scene for more than 50 years. He has toured world wise and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera and has performed with such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. One of the most sought after jazz bassists in Connecticut, he currently leads his own ensembles in many venues. In 2014, Jeff was presented with the annual Jazz Haven Award, “for all you have done in presenting the culture and music of jazz.” Fuller has wide experience in both Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. He has toured with D ’Rivera’s New York/Havana Quintet, the Hilton Ruiz Quintet, Daniel Ponce’s Jazzbata’ and Orlando “Puntilla” Rios’ Nueva Generación. He also composes and arranges for the top salsa group, Irazú, whose CDs have featured soloists Arturo Sandoval and Tata Güines. Fuller is co-leader of the popular group, Sambeleza, which features singer/pianist Isabella Mendes and guitarist Joe Carter. His earlier Brazilian jazz group, Samba Brasil, was seven-time winner of the “Best Latin” category in the Hartford Advocate Reader’s Poll. Jeff has received commissions from both the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has twice received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He has been the recipient of multiple commissions from 3-2 Music, Florida International University, Yale University, SCSU and the University of Connecticut. His String Quartet was recorded by the Haven String Quartet in 2012. Fuller graduated cum laude from Yale College and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music. He has been Ensemble Coach for the Yale School of Music Jazz Initiative since 2016. From 1995 to 2016, Fuller taught composition, jazz theory, and arranged and conducted for the jazz and classical ensembles at ACES- Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven’s arts magnet high school. “For me, it’s amazing to be in front of such a gathering interested in listening to our music, “said Bertoncini. “That’s what makes it so exciting. It is our gift to share with all of you. “