born on 21/10/1947 in Boston, MA, United States
Jerry Bergonzi (born on October 21, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator. Bergonzi received a B.A. Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is the founder of Not Fat Records.
He first gained recognition as he became a frequent guest-artist on several Dave Brubeck ensemble tours and recordings during the 1970s, and he held the saxophone chair in the Dave Brubeck quartet from 1979 - 1982. Bergonzi recorded nine albums with Brubeck, from 1973 to 1981.
Bergonzi teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
He is the author of the Inside Improvisation, a multi-volume series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, and another series of books about improvisation published by Advance Music. He is also the author of the book/CD set Sound Advice, published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz. Bergonzi is also a professional level pianist and bass guitarist.
- Two Generations of Brubeck  (1973) with Dave Brubeck
- Brother, the Great Spirit Made Us All  (1974) with Dave Brubeck
- Back Home  (1979) Concord Records with Dave Brubeck
- Tritonis  (1980) Concord Records with Dave Brubeck
- To Hope! A Celebration By Dave Brubeck (A Mass in the Revised Roman Ritual) - Original now out-of-print 1980 recording conducted by Erich Kunzel (Pastoral Arts Associates (PAA) LP record DRP-8318).
- Paper Moon  (1982) Concord Records with Dave Brubeck
- Lineage (Red Records, 1989) with Mulgrew Miller, Adam Nussbaum, Dave Santoro
- Inside Out with Salvatore Bonafede, Bruce Gertz, Salvatore Tranchini, 1989
- Standard Gonz (Blue Note, 1991) with Joey Calderazzo, Dave Santoro, and Adam Nussbaum
- Vertical Reality (Musidisk, 1995) with Billy Hart, Andy LaVerne, George Mraz, Mike Stern
- Just Within with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall, 1996
- Lost in the Shuffle (Double Time, 1998) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
- Wiggy (Double Time, 1999) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
- A Different Look (Double Time, 2001) with Adam Nussbaum, Dan Wall
- Tenor of the Times with Renato Chicco, Dave Santoro, 2006