YOU CALL THIS A LIVING was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. In the liner notes of YOU CALL THIS A LIVING? Arturo Sandoval recalls the first time he heard Wayne Bergeron play. "What a hell of a lead player," Sandoval remembers thinking, and then goes on to attest to the trumpeter's continued high standard of performance, recommending the album wholeheartedly. With kudos like these from the one and only Sandoval, it's hard not to give Bergeron the benefit of the doubt. As a musician, Bergeron does not disappoint. His high, bright tone recalls Dizzy Gillespie, and his flawless articulation and phrasing serve him equally well during quick, chromatic runs or sweeping lyrical passages. The large band here packs plenty of punch on standard bop outings like "Rhythm Method," Latin groovers like "Horn of Puente" and novelties like the swing version of Tchachikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" and a jazzified "America the Beautiful." The range of the compositions and the impressive technical command that is everywhere in evidence from the musicians here make Bergeron's debut as a leader an album to note. Wayne Bergeron's debut solo CD "You Call This a Living" has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the best large ensemble category.
This is what great musicians & reviewers are saying about Wayne Bergeron's debut CD "You Call This a Living?"
For his first solo effort Wayne teamed up with the extraordinary studio trumpeter/producer Gary Grant whose trumpet & flugelhorn sound has graced some 3000 albums.
-- Jack Bowers (AllAboutJazz)
This killer big band band consists of LA's finest jazz & studio artists.
Featured soloist include Pete Christlieb (tenor sax) & Bill Liston (tenor sax & arranger) Eric Marienthal & Dan Higgins (alto sax) Tom Kubis ( soprano sax & comp.
/arranger) Gary Grant (trumpet/producer) Andy Martin & Bill Reichenbach (trombone) Alan Pasqua & Tom Ranier (piano) Peter Erskine (drums)
Rounding out the ensemble are such notables as Warren Luening, Rich Baptist, Larry Hall, George Graham, Dennis Farias, Stan Martin, Jeff Bunnell & Deborah Wagner (trumpet & flugelhorn)Charlie Loper, Bruce Otto, Alex Iles, Charlie Morillas & Rich Bullock (trombone)Sal Lozano, Rusty Higgins & Gary Meek (alto & flute) Jeff Driskill (tenor & flute) Joel Peskin & Jay Mason (bari & flute) Chuck Berghoffer & Ken Wild (bass) Ray Brinker & Brian Miller (drums) Wally Minko (piano) Grant Geissman (guitar) Luis Conte & Michito Sanchez (latin perc.)
Wayne is now enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the LA scene from studio calls to theater work, in addition to performing with major orchestras, jazz gigs and clinics.
For more information about Wayne please visit his web site at waynebergeron . Personnel: Wayne Bergeron, Gary Grant (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Kubis (soprano saxophone); Bill Liston (alto & tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, flute); Dan Higgins (alto & tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone); Gary Meek (alto & tenor saxophones); Rusty Higgins (alto saxophone, flute); Eric Marienthal (alto saxophone); Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Joel Peskin (baritone saxophone); Andy Martin, Charlie Morillas, Rich Bullock (trombone); Alan Pasqua, Tom Rainer, Wally Minko (piano); Grant Geissman (guitar); Ken Wild, Chuck Berghoffer (bass); Peter Erskine, Ray Brinker, Brian Miller (drums); Luis Conte (percussion). Producers: Andy Waterman, Wayne Bergeron, Jon Baker.