Wayne Bergeron visits Brazosport College in November
He will be the featured artist for the Brazosport College Music Department’s annual jazz festival, Jazztravaganza, on November 19, followed by a concert with his little big band on November 20 at The Clarion at Brazosport College.
Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics, he has no intention of slowing down.
His first solo Big Band CD entitled, “You Call This A Living?” earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. Bergeron’s latest recording, “Plays Well With Others,” was released on the Concord Jazz label in early 2007 and is being met with the same gusto. On “Plays Well With Others,” Bergeron is joined on the track “Maynard & Waynard” by his mentor, the late Maynard Ferguson, in one of the trumpet legend’s final recordings.
As a sideman, Bergeron has been involved with hundreds of CD projects that include Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Chicago, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Diane Reeves, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Lou Rawls, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Joe Cocker, Kenny G., Dave Koz and David Benoit.
A partial list of film credits include “Enchanted,” “Horton Hears A Who,” “The Incredibles,” “Superman Returns,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Ratatouille,” “The Simpson’s Movie,” “Dreamgirls,” “Hairspray,” “Spiderman,” “Team America,” “South Park” and “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.”
Jazztravaganza is the Brazosport College Music Department’s annual jazz festival featuring local area intermediate schools, high schools, the Brazosport College Jazz Band and a special guest artist ensemble. Bergeron will be joined by some of the best session players from Los Angeles and will be the featured guest artist ensemble for Jazztravaganza. Joining Bergeron will be Ray Brinker on drums, Kevin Ax on bass and Barb Catlin on piano. The Jazztravaganza concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.
On Friday, November 20, Bergeron and his L.A. players will be joined by some of Houston’s finest jazz players to perform one amazing little big band. Tickets for Bergeron and his Little Big Band are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and Brazosport College employees, and $10 for students and children.
Advance tickets are available at The Clarion Box Office by calling (979) 230-3156 or online at clarionboxoffice.brazosport.edu.