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Ferdinando Argenti
pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger

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Ferdinando Alessio Argenti, Boston-based pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, arranger, was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1954
At age 7, this multi-faceted artist began studying piano until he entered high school, during which time he gained experience playing with rock and GB bands, even winning a musical contest and appearing in Italian television. He continued to do so while a student of languages at the University of Pisa.

At age 20, Ferdinando began working as a full time professional musician, touring most of Europe for 10 years as a pianist, keyboardist, vocalist and small group arranger in clubs, hotels and on  cruise ships. During this time he developed a more comprehensive understanding of jazz and fusion music and wished to learn more about it at the "source".

In 1984, he left Europe for the United States, where he studied piano with Ray Santisi and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music

D
uring this period, Argenti returned to his native Italy to perform in many jazz concerts with both Italian and American jazz musicians, most notably Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler.
Moreover he has played together with: Charles Davis (ex Count Basie big band), Gray Sargent (currently with Tony Bennett), Jeff Stout (ex Buddy Rich, Mel Torme), Greg Hopkins (ex Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Frank Sinatra), Tony Lada (ex Woody Herman and Buddy Rich), Matteo Garrison (before with Gary Burton, now with Joe Zawinul), Martin Ditcham (currently he ppkays percussions for Sade), Clive Chaman (ex Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Brian Auger, Ramsey Lewis, Bernard Purdie), Jeff Ballard (drum for Chick Corea), Pierre Cavalli (guitar player for Bud Powell, Pierre Michelot, Cannonball Adderley, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Clarke died in 1984), Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Basso, Flavio Boltro, Nicola Stilo, Marcello Rosa, Nicola Arigliano, Irio De Paula, Maurizio Gianmarco, Stefano Cantini, Gigi Cifarelli, Fulvio Sisti, Alessandro Di Puccio, Alessandro Fabbri, Marco Volpe, Walter Paoli, Steve Grossman, Marco Micheli, Lello Pareti, Nicola Vernuccio, Fabio Morgera, Stefania Rava, Eddy Palermo, Giampaolo Ascolese, Furio di Castri and Aldo Romano

Ferdinando Argenti's brilliant jazz piano sound and improvisational style are a composite of Charlie Parker's be-bop, Oscar Peterson's blend of bop and swing, the lyrical approach of Bill Evans and Chet Baker, and some of the harmonic innovations and rhythmic feel of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

Argenti's sensitive vocal phrasing and delivery can be largely attributed to his admiration for Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker

After a period of music engagements that again involved travelling - this time to places as diverse as Japan, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and Russia - in
1994
Ferdinando got married in USA and established himself in New England. 
Here he ran all the gamut of gigs as a solo artist, tasteful accompanist, active member of many small groups and big bands, most notably the Artie Shaw Big Band directed by Dick Johnson.

Throughout this varied forms of entertainment in clubs and concerts, Argenti's ultimate goal has long been to lead his own ensemble playing his own compositions and arrangements. This has now become a reality with the release of his own compact disc entitled ARGENTI, not only his name, but the name of his musical group and his music. 
"ARGENTI" CD is a captivating and well blended collection of Ferdinando's own jazz compositions and his arrangements of American and Italian standards.

Ferdinando Argenti
Argenti

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Contacts:
Ferdinando Argenti
email: 94Argenti@comcast.net
web: www.interjazz.com/ferdinandoargenti

FERDI'S MUSIC 
165 East Street
Methuen, MA 01844

Phone: ( 978 ) 685-7365



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