Gerry Beaudoin is an award winning jazz guitarist who has brought his blues drenched jazz guitar style to audiences across the globe. He has appeared on over fifty recordings and DVDs, many as a leader, co-leader or featured performer. A prolific composer, his music has been used numerous times on TV including: The Sarah Silverman Show, NBC Dateline, Fox News, BET, ABC, CBS, Amazon, AMC and The Learning Channel. His recent list of TV show music credits include Hand Of God, The Good Fight, Switched at Birth, Being Mary Jane and Halt And Catch Fire. A musician steeped in the tradition he brings his own individual voice to the rich palette of the jazz guitar idiom as well as the different genres of the world of jazz.
“… A virtuoso guitarist, composer and arranger. A Beaudoin performance is a lesson in sophistication and class.” – Director IMAX Jazz Café Smithsonian Institute Washington DC
“… Gerry Beaudoin is simply a jazz guitarist you have to hear.” – Jazz Music Archives
Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist. His first national success was with the Boston Jazz Ensemble. Their three best selling recordings are still sold worldwide today. Gerry then went on to make two critically acclaimed Gerry Beaudoin Trio recordings with mandolin titan, David Grisman. These all acoustic, no amps allowed recordings, show a different side to Gerry’s music and his guitar playing. The award-winning guitarist, (1992 National Association of Independent Record Distributors Award in the traditional jazz category, 1993 and 1995 Cadence Editors Choice Award as well as three appearances on the Grammy Awards ballot for his music) has had a career that has spanned almost thirty years. A graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Gerry quickly became a fixture on the New England jazz scene. Encouraged by jazz guitar legends Bucky Pizzarelli and Kenny Burrell after meeting them as a young student, Gerry combined the chord techniques and sensibilities of Bucky Pizzarelli with the easy, bluesy swing of Kenny Burrell to create a unique style all his own. Within a few short years Gerry had performed or recorded with many jazz and blues luminaries including mandolin master David Grisman, Howard Alden, Ronnie Earl, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jay McShann, Dick Johnson, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Duke Robillard, Dave McKenna, Alan Dawson, three time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson, Grammy winning saxophonist and arranger Fred Lipsius from the seminal jazz rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears, and current musical collaborator and world class jazz saxophonist Harry Allen. Gerry was chosen for a Statesmen of Jazz Tour in 2007. Profiled in the book The Great Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide, Gerry’s performance on the DVD, “Live At The Stoneham Theater” was called “a significant on screen appearance of jazz guitar in film.”
Gerry was the founder and leader of the jazz guitar super group New Guitar Summit featuring Gerry, legendary guitarist J.Geils from the J. Geils and blues icon Duke Robillard.
Besides a daily schedule of writing and recording Gerry currently performs over one hundred concerts, clinics, music festivals and private corporate events a year with his group the Gerry Beaudoin Trio featuring his son Gerard Beaudoin on vibraphone and long time acoustic bassist Bob Nieske. Their latest recording “ …And Then There Were 4” featuring saxophonist Harry Allen will be out in late 2017.