@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
24 November 2019
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Featured musicians: Eddie Gomez - double bass, Renato D’aiello
- tenor saxophone, Marco Pignataro - tenor saxophone, Tio Ciavarella
- piano, Alfonso Vitale - drums
Eddie Gomez Biography
Legendary bassist Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music
for over four decades. The two-time Latin Grammy award-winner’s
impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants
such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan
and Benny Goodman. Gomez’z unique sound and style can be heard
on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical,
Latin jazz, rhythm & blues, popular and contemporary music.
Born in 1944 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Gomez moved to New York
City with his family at an early age. His love of music led him
to the double bass as a precocious 11-year old student in the public
school system. Two years later he was accepted to the High School
of Music and Art and soon began private studies with the great double
bass teacher Fred Zimmerman. During these years, he performed with
many professional dance bands and was a member of the Newport Youth
Band led by Marshall Brown. By 18, he had performed with such jazz
luminaries as Buck Clayton, Marian McPartland and Paul Bley.
Gomez continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where
his contemporaries included Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, James Levine,
Itzak Perlman, Paula Robinson and Gary Karr. By the end of his third
year of school, he dreamed of a career as a performing jazz musician.
Later that summer he joined with Gary McFarland and soon after the
Gerry Mulligan Quintet.
In the spring of 1966, both Mulligan’s group (with Gomez
on bass) and the Bill Evans Trio performed for a week at the famed
Village Vanguard. That week at the Vanguard changed Gomez’s
life forever. When Bill Evans heard the young phenomenon, he practically
hired him on the spot. Evans called a few weeks later and Gomez’s
dream had been realised. At age 21, he was the bassist with the
Bill Evans Trio - and rose quickly to fame. TIME magazine declared
in its review of the trio’s first recording, “Eddie
Gomez has the world on his strings.”
Joining the Bill Evans Trio was indeed a turning point in Gomez’s
career. He had arrived in a big way and the jazz community took
notice. For 11 years, Gomez played an integral role in the Bill
Evans Trio’s sound and evolution. This period of vast artistic
growth with Bill Evans included performances throughout the United
States, Europe, South America and Asia, as well as dozens of recordings
– two of which won Grammyawards. During this time, Gomez also
realised another dream performing on many occasions with the great
Miles Davis, in the Davis quintet that also featured Wayne Shorter,
Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.
In 1977, Gomez left the Evans Trio to explore new musical territory.
next decade, he performed in many diverse musical contexts, working
Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Hank
Jones, Nancy Wilson, Tania Maria, Ray Barreto, the All Star groups
and ‘New Directions’ and many others, as well as on
Grammy winning recordings with Chick Corea.
In the classical music world, Gomez has been a guest artist with
The Kronos Quartet, Tashi Ensemble, Japanese marimbist Mika Yoshida
and clarinettist Richard Stoltzman. His recordings with Stoltzman
have included “Begin Sweet World” and most recently
“The Goldberg Variations” and other pieces by Johann
Sebastian Bach. At Carnegie Recital Hall, Gomez premiered a musical
piece written specifically for him by William Thomas McKinley.
In popular music, Gomez has performed and recorded with artists
such as Bobby Darin, Tim Hardin, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Mark
Knoffler, Michael Franks, Judy Collins and Jennifer Holliday. He
has also been a member of ‘The Gadd Gang,’ Steve Gadd’s
All Star R&B/jazz band.
Today, Eddie tours and records with his own group, which he formed
in 1992 with pianist Stefan Karlson and legendary drummer Jimmy
Cobb. The group’s recordings include “Live in Japan,”
“Dedication” and “Uptown Music.” He is composing
his own projects as well as for film and television most notably
for the prize-winning William Steig animation, ‘The Amazing
Bone.’ Eddie Gomez continues to enjoy an active, international
career as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator and
featured guest artist on many high profile projects.
A sought-after educator, Gomez is Artistic Director at the Conservatory
of Music of Puerto Rico where he has been professor and artist-in-residence
since 2005. He has been artist-in-residence and associate professor
of jazz double bass at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and recently
was resident artist at Stanford University, North Texas State University,
Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, and the prestigious
Berklee College of Music. He gives master classes at many of the
major universities and conservatories throughout the United States,
Europe, Japan and South America.
Eddie Gomez continues to enjoy an active, international career
as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator and featured
guest artist on many high profile projects.