“Chet and Barney Turn 100” presented by Bruce Forman and Pat Bergeson (Saturday Performance)

Join Bruce Forman and Pat Bergeson at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave on Saturday, February 3, for a spectacular performance! The concert begins at 7:30pm CST (Doors open at 7:00pm).

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Get ready for back to back incredible performances from these legendary guitarists! On Friday, February 2 and Saturday February 3 at 7:30 pm, Bruce Forman and Pat Bergeson will take the stage in the Jazz Cave in honor of Chet Atkins and Barney Kessel on the 100th anniversary of their births. For a such a special event, both Bruce Forman and Pat Bergeson will be playing on guitars originally owned by Chet Atkins and Barney Kessel! Be sure to secure your tickets for this once in a lifetime experience.

About Bruce Forman:

Bruce Forman’s work includes 17 CDs as a leader and as a sideman with luminaries such as Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, and Roger Kellaway. His latest CD, “Reunion,” (link below) is collaboration with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and is a loving homage to the 1960’s “Poll Winners” recordings of Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, and Shelly Manne. (Fun fact: the recording was performed using original instruments of Kessel, Brown, and Manne.)

A close friend and colleague of the late Barney Kessel, he was described by Barney as “one of the great lights of our age.” Bruce is now the keeper of Kessel’s legendary Gibson guitar, a fascinating story in itself. In the early 2000’s Bruce branched out into Western swing with his group Cowbop. And if that wasn’t enough, he is educator in residence at USC, hosts a podcast, and is the author of a novel! Sometimes described as a “Renaissance Cowboy,” Bruce Forman is a true original, and an evening with him is not to be missed!


About Pat Bergeson:

Guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson has written, toured, and recorded with many of his musical heroes. Beginning at the University of Illinois in his home state, he moved on to New York City and picked up a Jazz Studies degree at William Paterson University. After playing in New York for ten years, he moved to Nashville upon the request of Chet Atkins who heard Pat on a demo tape. Chet invited him to play on his album “Sneakin’ Around” with Jerry Reed, and later featured Pat’s guitar and compositions on his 1994 release Read My Licks. They were good friends and toured together for several years.

A versatile guitarist as well as chromatic and diatonic harmonica player, Pat’s style incorporates jazz, blues, rock and finger style and he is known for his session work with a variety of artists. He has been in the studio with Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell, Martin Taylor, Suzy Bogguss, Bill Evans, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald and many others. He has toured with Shelby Lynne, Madeleine Peyroux, Wynonna Judd, Suzy Bogguss and then four years with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Pat has been a teacher and producer and has appeared on many movie soundtracks.