Wayne Bergeron


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Nashville, TN • Vanderbilt University

  • Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall • 2400 Blakemore Avenue Nashville, TN, 37212 United States (map)

Thursday, November 29

8 p.m.

Ingram Hall

Blair Big Band featuring Wayne Bergeron

Ryan Middagh, director

with Wayne Bergeron, trumpet

& José Sibaja, trumpet

The Blair Big Band is thrilled to welcome trumpeter Wayne Bergeron as a guest soloist. Bergeron is a highly sought-after performer, with studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics, in his hometown of Los Angeles and around the world.

Bergeron landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. He can be heard on Maynard’s recordings of “Body and Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude,” and “The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.”  

As a sideman, Bergeron has a list of recording credits that run the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other names include Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, The Dirty Loops, Seth MacFarlane, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Michael Bolton, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta, INXS, Chicago, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Barry Manilow, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G., and David Benoit.

Bergeron has worked on more than 400 TV and motion picture soundtracks.

Bergeron’s first solo recording, “You Call This a Living?”  was nominated for the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Grammy in 2004. His second CD, “Plays Well With Others,” released on Concord Jazz in 2007, was widely acclaimed. His latest CD, "Full Circle," was released in January 2016, and Bergeron feels it is his best work to date.

Bergeron has been principal trumpet at the Pantages Theatre for more than 15 years and is regularly featured with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has done guest appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with Gary Radtke of GR Technologies that are available through Bergeron’s website.

Bergeron was mentored by legends like Uan Racey, Bobby Shew, Warren Luening, Gary Grant, Rick Baptist, and George Graham. He is currently on faculty at California State University Northridge.

For a full bio on Bergeron including a list of recording, TV and motion picture credits, visit his website: https://www.waynebergeron.com/

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the West Garage (2500 Children's Way) free of charge.