Italian singer, guitarist, arranger and composer. Giuliano
Ligabue was born in Lodi. He has been living in Piacenza since he was 8.
He began to play at the age of 7. His father who was a professional musician and
singer as well, passed on Giuliano his love for music. Grown up in a family of musicians,
as a child Giuliano listened to lots of music and was inspired by many different
genres, such as Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Bossa Nova.
In 2001, with the help of his father, he seriously
began to study jazz guitar and he mainly specialized in the swing style.
In 2006, Giuliano was the finalist in the national
contest for young jazz talents, organized by Piacenza Jazzclub.
In 2008, Giuliano seriously approached singing,
treasuring his father's lessons. He quickly improved his vocal technique and began
to perform as a singer and guitarist, singing classical songs of
Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and many others.
At the same time he approached the seven strings guitar, inspired by great artists
like George Van Eps, Howard Alden, Bucky and
The fortunate encounter with the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli (guitarist of
and many others) and with his son
gave Giuliano new motivation to master the seven strings guitar, which he often
uses in his performances.
In 2012 Giuliano founded his own Trio: the Giuliano
Ligabue Trio, with Michele Mazzoni on bass and
on piano. Giuliano arranging and playing his repertoire from the American Songbook
classics and performing in many clubs, private events, jazz clubs and festivals.
In 2013 he recorded the album "Swing Affair"
with his own drumless trio. The album received a very positive feedback both in
Italy and abroad.
After the release of "Swing Affair", lots of important collaborations with Italian
and international musicians started. We can mention Mattia Cigalini, Stefano
Franzini, Walter Ganda, Alessandro Bertozzi, Paolo
Tomelleri (the great clarinettist and saxophonist who played with Tony Scott,
Joe Venuti, Enzo Jannacci and Giorgio Gaber, just to mention a few),
Simon Woolf, Richard Pite and Frank Griffith.
Also, Giuliano Ligabue started another important collaboration with the renowned
American pianist John Colianni (pianist for Mel Tormé,
Hampton, Les Paul and Woody Allen).
Giuliano Ligabue has made a tour in the United Kingdom, in August
2016, with the John Colianni Trio, performing
with great success mainly in London, in the most renown Jazz Clubs.
After a period of intensive study where he expanded his knowledge in arranging for
large ensemble under the guidance of M° Giuseppe Parmigiani, In the summer
2016 Giuliano presented at the Summertime
in Jazz Festival, organized by the "Piacenza Jazz Club", his new project, Giuliano
Ligabue & Swing Band: a wind section composed of four musicians, Gianni Satta
(trumpet), Cristiano Boschesi (trombone), Alessandro Bertozzi (alto
sax), Andrea Zermani (tenor sax) and a sound rhythm section formed by Stefano
Caniato (piano), Michele Mazzoni (bass), Marco Orsi (drums) and of course,
Giuliano Ligabue (vocals, guitar and arrangements). Alltogheter recreating the intimate
musical atmosphere of the Big Bands.
The premiere of this concert, recorded live, has become the second CD of Giuliano
Ligabue released in December 2016, Giuliano
Ligabue - Live at Summertime in Jazz.