pianist, organist, composer
Pianist, organist and composer from Puglia, Italy, was born in
classical studies, he went on to study Afro-American music at first on his
own, then with L.Flores and M.Grossi, and then in
Enrico Pieranunzi and
he won a scholarship to frequent a 3 year "High Professional
Qualification" for jazz musicians financed by the CEE at Siena jazz.
followed seminars with Kenny Barron,
He has been inspired by many musicians, particulary the pianists Gene
Harris, Bill Evans, Henry Butler and Dr.John from New Orleans,
Billy Preston, and
organists such as Jimmy Smith,
Larry Young, Jack McDuff,
stile indeed, even though really jazz-oriented, has a strong gospel and blues
'86 with the bass guitarist and friend
Umberto Calentini who tought him the first rudiments of Afro-American, blues and
His musical career begins in
the ages of 16-18 he was composing and arranging music for theatre as well as
playing "live". In
1990 he moved to Florence.
and in studio, in Europe and USA:'95-'97),
Linda Wesley ('96-'98),
Mia Cooper, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Paolo Fresu, Roberto Gatto,
Furio DiCastri, Ares Tavolazzi, M.Shubert,
Ed Neumeister, Marva Wright,
Sandro Gibellini, Gigi Cifarelli, Patti Austin
Marvin Warren, Trudy Lyin, Melvia "Chick" Rogers,
William Bell, Ottavo Padiglione, Articolo 31, Rudy Rotta,
Nick Becattini, Peaches Staten, Brian
Auger, James Senese, Peter Green.
Partecipations in Festivals:
Pistoia Blues ('92, '93, '97, '01), SanRemo Jazz & Blues ('95, '02), Montreux ('95, '97), Roma Estate ('96, '97, '02), Nizza ('96, '97), Marsiglia ('96, '97), Fabbrica Europa
- Fi ('97, '98, '00), Lugano ('96, '97), Capo D'Orlando ('99, '00), Narni Black (‘00), Veneto Jazz (‘01), Bremen (‘01, '02), Ravenna Blues (‘01), Trasimeno Blues (‘01), Schmallenberg
- D ('01), Alcamo Blues (‘02), Cuxaven Jazz & Folk - D (‘01), Rovigo Delta Blues ('02), Twisttringen
- NL (‘01, '02), Guinnes Festival - Irlanda (‘02), Summertime Jazz & Blues (‘02), Beatlesmania
- ForoItalicoRoma (‘02), Luzern Jazz & Blues (‘02), Narcao Blues (‘02), Rapperswil Jazz & Blues
- CH (‘02).
He has partecipated in many records
as sideman and has now made his own record with Paolino Dalla Porta and
Manzi, that will bee soon published.
He is a
pianist of Saint James American Church of Florence and he has accompanied in
their European tours the Marvin Warren Choir,the Kent State Gospel Choir, the
L.A.Episcopal Gospel Choir with which he played in may
'99 in S. Pietro, Rome.
he performed with singer Linda Wesley, in many Italian theatres,
churches and auditoriums, inside the project "Dedicated To Mahalia Jackson".
the Spring of '97
he went to Boston, where he studied the piano in the
"contemporary pop-gospel" music in depth, expecially the accompaniment of
is very important the collaboration with
Brown and the gospel choir New Voices Of Joy.
'98 he collaborates
with the Italian-American singer Lucrezia Balatri and the gospel and
contemporary-Christian music choir Spirit Of The Living God in the arranging and
collaborated with the American vocalist Mia Cooper, from Louisiana, in many
gospel, jazz, funky, soul context.
he has been selected from Empire Enterteinement Inc. of NY City to accompany
Patti Austin and Jessy Jackson (famous gospel soloist, interpreter of "I believe I
Can Fly") in their performances in some ceremonies organized by Warner Bros in
Italy. The special guests were Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, Dr.John,
Steven Spielberg and
Rev. Jackson. He has been contacted again by Patti Austin's agent for furter
intense "live" activity, he has also taught for some years piano, jazz harmony and
"musica d'insieme" for the CAM and the Athenaeum Musicale of Florence.
he's playing with the Rudy Rotta's Band, has an organ trio by his name, and
playing both piano and organ for gospel, blues and jazz singers.
seminars for the Hammond organ in some Italian music schools and directs a radio
program about jazz/gospel/blues on a well know Tuscan radiostation.
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