JEFF BERLIN | (USA)
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2024 | APRIL | TRIO with Jorge Vera and Miguel Lamas
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JEFF BERLIN TRIO
Jeff Berlin | Bass
Jorge Vera | Keyboards
Miguel Lamas | Drums
Jeff Berlin is a flexible and powerful electric bassist. He was one of the major fusion bassists to emerge during the mid-’70s. His father sang opera and his mother played piano. Berlin had nine years of violin lessons starting from when he was five and was considered a child prodigy, appearing with orchestras in New York City. However, when he was 14 he switched directions and began playing electric bass; Jack Bruce was an early hero. Berlin attended the Berklee College of Music for a time and then moved back to New York. For a short period he was in a trio with Allan Holdsworth and Tony Williams. In 1975 he recorded in Europe with Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz and then in New York he became quite busy with studio work, club dates, and record sessions. Berlin played with many top musicians including Pat Martino, Gil Evans, Toots Thielemans, Al DiMeola, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Larry Coryell, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Herbie Mann, Ray Barretto, the Brecker Brothers and others. Jeff Berlin was also a regular member of Bill Bruford’s band (which included guitarist Holdsworth and keyboardist Dave Stewart) for a couple years starting in 1977; four recordings resulted.
Jeff Berlin subsequently moved to Los Angeles, worked in clubs with Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale, became an educator (helping to found the Bass Institute of Technology), played rock (including with Frank Zappa), and turned down an opportunity to join Van Halen. During 1985-1986 Berlin recorded two fusion/rock dates for the soon-defunct Passport label. He moved to Florida in 1990 and toured with Yes, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Kazumi Watanabe, and other musicians from a wide variety of creative genres. In addition, he began teaching at the Players School. His third set as a leader, 1997’s Taking Notes for Denon, was Berlin’s most jazz-oriented set to date. He continued releasing a number of albums into the 21st century, including Lumpy Jazz (2004) with his core trio featuring pianist Richard Drexler and drummer Danny Gottlieb; the highly regarded In Harmony’s Way (2004) with guest appearances by saxophonist David Liebman, vibraphonist Gary Burton, and guitarist Mike Stern; Ace of Bass/Aneurythms (2006); and the piano trio-oriented High Standards (2010), again featuring Drexler and Gottlieb in addition to the session leader.
Pianist, composer, drummer, music producer began his professional career very early at the age of 14 in Santiago de Chile where he was born. He quickly became one of the most requested musicians in his country and participated in various musical programs accompanying artists such as Miguel Bosé, Luis Jara or David Bisbal. He was also the official pianist of the well-known “Festival de Viña del Mar” between 2005 and 2010 while recording with the local jazz elite, artists such as Christian Gálvez or Carlos Figueroa.
From early childhood Miguel (Ferrol, 1993) was related to the world of music because part of his family worked in this sector” At 4 years old he began playing drums.
He has worked with artists and bands like Dani Martín, Melendi, Pablo Alborán, Manuel Carrasco, Amaia Montero, Miriam Rodriguez, Abraham Mateo, Maldita Nerea, David DeMaría, Niño Josele feat. Chick Corea, Merche, Álvaro de Luna, Alex Ubago, Zahara, Raimundo Amador, O’Funk’Illo, David Bustamante, Soraya Arnelas, Lérica, Miguel Rios, Andrés Suárez, Tomasito, Pepe Bao, Canijo de Jerez, Santiago Campillo, Carlos Segarra, Lin Cortés, Nani Cortés, Dean Bowman (Screaming Headless Torsos), Raynald Colom, Tom Kennedy…live & studio.
He has three albums as solo artist: Melted Lives (2016) and My Expression Way (2018) 30 (2023) and also and album with his trio together with Raynald Colom & Jorge Vera. Volume 1.
Miguel is official endorser of Pearl drums, Meinl cymbals, Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks (he has his own signature model: TXMLW) Earprotech in ear monitoring, Cympad, Ahead Armor Cases & Shure microphones.
He has played in some of the greatest drumfest around the world like: The UK Drumshow (UK) La Baguetterie (France) Meinl Drumfest, Music Produktive Messe, DrumSite Show, Online Drum Lessons (Germany) Meinl Day (Edimburgh) TamTam Drumfest, La Rioja Drumfest, Alteisa Drumfest, Gailcian Drumfest, Percufest (Spain) Pearl Dealers Day (The Netherlands) NAMM Show (California, USA) ZonaSoul (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Meinl Day Moscow (Russia) Porto DrumShow (Porto, Portugal) Clinic Days (Peru)…
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