Gene Bertoncini is an American Jazz guitar player, aka “Segovia of Jazz,” with a body of work spanning over six decades as a session and solo musician. He’s performed with, to name a few, Benny Goodman, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett. He also played on the Tonight Show for two years with Johnny Carson.
Bertoncini began taking lessons at age seven after accompanying his musician father to performances. A chance meeting with Johnny Smith at NBC studios, where Bertoncini and his accordion playing older brother worked as backup musicians, led to Smith becoming his mentor.
Bertoncini graciously invited me to meet with him one April afternoon in 2012 to talk about his early years learning the guitar and how that led to a life of performing and teaching.
Video No. 3: Advice to Novice Guitarists
Video No.2 : On Improvising
Video No.1 : On Practicing