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Greg Gisbert - Trumpet

Fiery, honest, and maniacally talented, Greg Gisbert hit the national jazz scene at an early age and seems to have been on the road ever since. He ventured forth from his childhood home in Denver to attend Berklee, but soon found himself wandering around a tour bus dodging insults from Buddy Rich. He eventually settled in New York, and over the years has been an integral player with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Horace Silver, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, Maria Schneider, John Fedchok, and the Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall , and Vanguard Big Bands. In addition to also recording with most of these groups, Greg also has three CD’s out as a leader on the Criss Cross label, with such notable sidemen as Billy Drummond, Chris Potter, and Gregory Hutchinson.

Eric Gunnison - Piano

Known as “the voice of reason” in Convergence, Eric plays with amazing passion and energy, and he is an accomplished writer and arranger. The late Carmen McCrae appreciated this about Eric, and he was her accompanist for the last five years of her career. He has also performed with such artists as Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Eddie Gomez, Betty Carter, Red Rodney, Joe Farrell, and James Moody. Eric also currently serves on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

John Gunther - Saxophones/Woodwinds

John Gunther wonders if he has a sort of musical attention deficit disorder (MADD) as he often finds himself on a bandstand with multiple instruments and composing in a multiple of styles and traditions. He enjoys the diversity and with inspirations from jazz, classical, and folk traditions from around the world, he has a unique and compelling voice as a composer and improviser. John has performed or recorded with Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, John Abercrombie, Joe Williams, Buddy DeFranco, Ernestine Anderson, Dizzy Gillespie, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. After being an active performer in New York city and teaching at New York University, John recently moved back to Colorado to teach at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has several recording as a leader with his groups “Axis Mundi” and “Spooky Actions”. John has received grants from the NEA and “Meet the composer” , was Composer in Residence at the 2003 Toronto Fringe Dance Festival, and has composed music for film and animation. Visit “www.turnworld.com” for more information on some of John's activities as a performer and composer.

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”They achieve a groove sought by many, but not easily found...” --Ira Gitler

“Convergence is phenomenal. It's a rare treat to hear a small group play compositions and arrangements that are so rich in ideas and formal development. Their pieces are wonderfully original and leave beautiful space to feature every musician in a unique way, and each musician is truly unique and extraordinary. I can't say enough about this group.” --Maria Schneider

“Folks, it just doesn't get better than THIS! Convergence should be known world-wide. I'm gonna do all I can to help that happen.” --Bobby Shew

”...their performances are marked by a genuine sense of unity.” --Linda Gruno, Westword

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Album Modern Man by Convergence

Modern Man

Unknown label
2004

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