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International jazz pianist, composer and arranger Roberto Magris (b. 1959) from Trieste, Italy, has over 30 recordings to his credit and has toured in over 41 different countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia, performing at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world. He has performed and recorded with a who's who list of jazz legends in the USA and Europe, including Art Davis (bassist for John Coltrane), Herb Geller, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Idris Muhammad, Sam Reed, Brian Lynch, Mark Colby, Chuck Bergeron, Tony Lakatos, Philip Catherine, Franco Ambrosetti. Throughout his career, Magris has directed different groups such as the Gruppo Jazz Marca, the Roberto Magris Trio/Quartet/Quintet/Europlane, the Dma Urban Jazz Funk, the Alfabeats Nu Jazz and the Europlane Orchestra (a central-European jazz venture sponsored by INCE-Central European Initiative) and has recorded 3 CDs for the legendary Italian jazz label Soulnote. Lately, he has performed and recorded in Europe with the MUH Trio (Roberto Magris/Frantisek Uhlir/Jaromir Helesic), a European-styled modern mainstream jazz group based in Prague. In the latest decade, Magris has especially focused his musical interests in the USA by becoming the leading recording artist and musical director of JMood Records, the Kansas City jazz label, which has released 13 CDs under his name. In the USA, Magris has performed in Los Angeles (The Jazz Bakery and Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood), Kansas City (The Blue Room), Miami (WDNA Jazz Gallery), Chicago, St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines, Ft. Lauderdale and in 2007 he was honored by the City Council of Kansas City for his contribution to jazz music and performance at the American Jazz Museum.

Magris has also performed or recorded with several other outstanding or upcoming jazz artists in the USA such as Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Logan Richardson, Brandon Lee, Paul Carr, Deborah Brown, Kendall Moore, Matt Otto, Michael O'Neill, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Peter Schlamb, Elisa Pruett, Monique Danielle, John Yarling, Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson, Al Torre, Dave Rezek, Bryan Schumacker, Jonathan Gomez, Bob Rummage, Curt Bley, Dede Sampaio, Alonzo "Scooter" Powell, Michael Kolber, Eddie Charles, Josh Williams, Jason Goudeau, Steve Lambert, Julia Haile, David Altemeier, Mark Grimm and Pablo Sanhueza. In Europe, the list includes Florian Bramboeck, Ines Reiger, Rudi Engel, Janusz Muniak, Christian Muenchinger, Lee Harper, Nicholas Simion, Richie Buckley, Michi Erian, Bill Molenhof, Bosko Petrovic, Nikola Matosic, Gasper Bertoncelj, Darko Jurkovic, David Jarh, Onder Focan, Toivo Unt, Drago Gajo, Pavel Smetacek and "The Traditional Jazz Studio", Sandor Szabo, Denis Razumovic, Branko Markovic, Bronislaw Suhanek, Achim Goettert, Marko Lackner, Julius Baros, Jeff Wohlgennant, Danilo Moccia, Robert Balzar, "The Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona", Lojze Krajncan, Josè Peixoto, Carlos Bica, Fabio Jegher, Ettore Martin, Danilo Gallo, Enzo Carpentieri, Davide Ragazzoni, Paolo Prizzon, Maria Dal Rovere and many others. Magris has also performed with Roberto Cavalli, Chepe Fernandez, Tony Speranza, Cayo Iturralde, Remigio Pereyra in the Latin America, with Rob Severini in Australia, with Sandra Lim Viray in Manila and with the traditional musicians of Gabon in Africa. Last but not least, at the very beginning of his career, he played concerts with Kai Winding, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Sal Nistico.

In the last years, Magris's most comprehensive interviews were published in JazzTimes, Cadence, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Jazz Journal, All About Jazz, Concerto, Jazz Wax, Jazzit, Musica and several best reviews of his CDs were also published in Down Beat, New York City Jazz Record, Jazz Inside, Jazziz, Jazzpodium, Jazz Hot, Jazzwise, Orkester Journalen, Jazzflits, Jazzmozaiek, Jazzrytmit, The Walker's, Musica Jazz and many others.
Magris has performed at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world, including Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, The Blue Room in Kansas City, The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Reduta, Agharta and Jazz Dock in Prague, Muniak Jazz Club in Krakow, Jazz Club Gajo in Ljubljana, B.P. Jazz Club in Zagreb, Unterfahrt in Munich, Half Note in Athens, Nardis in Istanbul, Atlantis in Basel, Bennett's Lane in Melbourne, Thelonious and Notorious in Buenos Aires, Ruta Maya in Managua, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Ocho Rios Jamaica Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival Halifax, Mar del Plata Jazz Festival, Sofia Jazz Peak, Jakarta Festival, Kaunas Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, Jazz at Hermitage Moskow, Jazzkaar Tallinn, Ecuador Jazz, Jazz en Lima, Gulf Jazz Festival a.o.

- The MUH Trio / Magris-Uhlir-Helesic Trio / Prague After Dark (JMood Cd 2017) with Frantisek Uhlir and Jaromir Helesic
- Roberto Magris / Need To Bring Out Love (JMood Cd 2016) with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Julia Haile and Monique Danielle
- Roberto Magris / Enigmatix (JMood Cd 2015) with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Monique Danielle
- An Evening With Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio / Live In Europe 2009 (JMood Cd 2014) with Herb Geller, Nikola Matosic and Enzo Carpentieri
- Roberto Magris Septet / Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan, Vol. 2 (JMood Cd 2014) with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Peter Schlamb, Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza
- Roberto Magris Trio / One Night In With Hope And More…, Vol. 2 (JMood Cd 2013) with Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Albert "Tootie" Heath
- Roberto Magris Quintet / Cannonball Funk'n Friends (JMood Cd 2013) with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Dominique Sanders and Alonzo "Scooter" Powell
- Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris / Ready For Reed (JMood Cd 2013) with Sam Reed, Kendall Moore, Steve Lambert, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza
- Roberto Magris Space Trek / Aliens In A Bebop Planet (JMood Cd 2012) with Matt Otto, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Eddie Charles
- Roberto Magris Trio / One Night In With Hope And More…, Vol. 1 (JMood Cd 2012) with Elisa Pruett and Albert "Tootie" Heath
- Roberto Magris Quintet / Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan, Vol. 1 (JMood Cd 2011) with Brandon Lee, Logan Richardson, Elisa Pruett and Albert "Tootie" Heath
- Roberto Magris Quartet with Voice / Canzoni Italiane In Jazz (Pop-eye Cd 2011) with Maria Dal Rovere, Mario Cogno and Paolo Prizzon
- Roberto Magris Quintet / Mating Call (JMood Cd 2010) with Paul Carr, Michael O'Neill, Elisa Pruett and Idris Muhammad
- Roberto Magris & The Europlane Orchestra / Current Views (Soulnote Cd 2009) with Philip Catherine, Bill Molenhof, Roberto Ottaviano, Christian Muenchinger, Krystof Bacso, Marko Lackner, Ferenc Schreck, Rado Tariska, Ondrej Jurasi, Marco Castelli, Lojze Krajncan, Vitold Rek, Frantisek Uhlir, Darko Jurkovic, Julius Baros and Gabriele Centis
- Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona plays the music of Roberto Magris / Restless Spirits (Velut Luna Cd 2009) with big band
- Kansas City Outbound / Roberto Magris Trio (JMood/PCAMI Cd 2008) with Art Davis, Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson and Zack Albetta
- Roberto Magris Europlane a.o. / Jazz Magazine N. 55 (Cd compilation 2007)
- Roberto Magris Europlane feat. Herb Geller / Il Bello del Jazz (Soulnote Cd 2006) with Herb Geller, Darko Jurkovic, Rudi Engel and Gabriele Centis
- Alfabeats Nu Jazz / Stones (Oasis Cd 2006) with Max "MBassAdo" Marzio, Luca Boscagin, Paolo Andriolo and Paolo Prizzon
- Roberto Magris Europlane feat. Tony Lakatos / Check In (Soulnote Cd 2005) with Tony Lakatos, Michael Erian, Robert Balzar and Gabriele Centis
- Europlane Orchestra / Plays Kurt Weill (Pull Cd 2000) with Ines Reiger, Lojze Krajncan, Marco Castelli, Darko Jurkovic, Frantisek Uhlir and Gabriele Centis
- Europlane Orchestra / Live at Zooest (Zooest Cd 1998) with Julius Baros, Marko Lackner, Lojze Krajncan, Marco Castelli, Darko Jurkovic, Frantisek Uhlir and Gabriele Centis
- Dma Urban Jazz Funk (Map Cd 1998) reissued as "Up to the beat!" (Map Cd 2003) with Max "Mbassado" Marzio, Marco Castelli, Edu Hebling and Mark Smith
- Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / Acid Jazz Magazine N. 77 (Cd compilation 2003)
- Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / New Age & New Sounds Magazine N. 126 (Cd compilation 2003)
- Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / Vocal Groove & Jazz Dance (Srazz Cd compilation 1996)
- Roberto Magris Quartet a.o. / Trieste e il Jazz (Ed. Fenice – book/Cd compilation 2002)
- Roberto Magris Quintet a.o. / Live al Vapore (Srazz Cd compilation 1995) with Florian Brambock, Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni
- Roberto Magris Quartet / Maliblues (Map Cd 1994) with Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni
- Roberto Magris & The D.I. Project / Music of Today (Splasch Cd 1992) with Achim Goettert, Joerg Drewing, Albrecht Riermeyer, Martin Klingeberg, Marco Castelli, Rudi Engel and Davide Ragazzoni
- Roberto Magris Israsextet / Life in Israel (Jazzis Cd 1990) with Ofer Israeli, Larry Smith, Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni
- Gruppo Jazz Marca / Mitteleuropa (Gulliver Lp 1986) reissued by Arision (Cd 2006) with Franco Polisseni, Lilli Furlan and ensemble
- Gruppo Jazz Marca / Aria di Città (IAF Lp 1983) reissued by Arision (Cd 2009) with Franco Polisseni and Massimo Moriconi
- Gruppo Jazz Marca / Comunicazione Sonora (IAF Lp 1982) reissued by Arision (Cd 2005) with Franco Polisseni and Franco Testa

About Roberto Magris' style, jazz critic Ira Gitler wrote: "as a pianist he reflects some of his most admired models - Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan, Bill Evans, Kenny Drew, Jaki Byard, Randy Weston, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Paul Bley, Don Pullen and Steve Kuhn (a varied group indeed) - in his own way. There is a quick, supple right hand and the rich harmonies of the two-handed transitions in his playing that don't necessarily summon up instant comparisons to any of the above or others."

INTERVIEWS – Magris's most recent interviews were published by Cadence (USA 2016), Chicago Jazz Magazine (USA 2016), Jazzit (Italy 2016), JazzTimes (USA 2015), Jazz Journal (UK 2015), Concerto (Austria 2015), Musica (Italy 2015), "Artist of the month" at JazzdaGama.com (Canada 2015), "Musician of the day" at All About Jazz (USA 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Jazzconvention (Italy 2015), JazzWax (USA 2008), Jazz World Quest (Canada 2007), Jazzit (Italy 2006), Musica Jazz (Italy 2005), All About Jazz (USA 2004). Magris's profile and recordings were quoted in several books about jazz music.

REVIEWS – Articles and reviews of Magris's concerts and Cd's have been published along the years in Down Beat, JazzTimes, New York City Jazz Record, Cadence, Jazz Inside, Jazziz, Chicago Jazz Magazine, All About Jazz, Rifftides, Jazz Hot, Jazz Podium, Jazzthetik, Goldmine, Allmusic, Jazzman, Jazz Notes, The Wire, Jazz Journal International, Jazzwise, Concerto, Orkester Journalen, Jazzrytmit, Cuadernos de Jazz, Jazzmozaiek, Jazz Flits, Jazz Review, Musica Jazz, Jazzit, Blu Jazz, Jazzitalia, Acid Jazz, New Age & New Sounds, The Los Angeles Times, Herald Tribune, Capital Times, Pittsburgh Tribune, News & Observer, Herald Sun, La Nacion, Clarin, ABC, El Pais, Toronto Star, El Nacional, The Gleaner, Irish Times, Canberra Times, Jakarta Post, South China Morning Post, El Universal, Jerusalem Post, Nuernberger Zeitung, Mitteldeutsch Zeitung, Basler Zeitung, Tiroler Zeitung, Vjesnik, Novi List, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera Magazine, Libero, Il Fatto Quotidiano, La Discussione, Liberazione, Il Secolo d'Italia, Meridiani and in many other newspapers and magazines.

PERFORMANCES – Throughout his career Magris performed at Brookfield Jazz Society, Chicago (USA 2016), NOCE, Des Moines (USA 2016), All That Jazz Café, Fort Lauderdale (USA 2016), WDNA Jazz Gallery, Miami (USA 2016), Jazz Festival Cheb (Czech Rep. 2016), Reduta Jazz Club, Prague (Czech Rep. 2016), Ozark Theatre, St. Louis (USA 2015), Love's Jazz & Arts Center, Omaha (USA 2015), Caspe Terrace, Des Moines (USA 2015), Jazz by the lake, Kansas City (USA 2015, 2014), Agharta, Jazz Dock and Reduta jazz clubs, Prague (Czech Rep. 2015), Trieste Loves Jazz Festival (Italy 2015, 2013, 2009, 2007), Gulf Jazz Festival, Kuwait City and Manama (Kuwait and Bahrain 2013), IIC Los Angeles (USA 2010), White Field Jazz Festival, Bjielo Polje (Montenegro 2010), North City Jazz Fest, Mitrovica (Kosovo 2010), Phoenix Jazz Club, Kansas City (USA 2010, 2009), Ecuador Jazz Festival, Quito (Ecuador 2009), Porgy & Bess Vienna (Austria 2009, 2008, 1994), Novi Sad Jazz Festival (Serbia 2009), Ancona Jazz (Italy 2009, 1992), Summer Jazz Festival Krakow and Muniak Jazz Club (Poland 2012, 2009, 2006), Jazz Time Rijeka (Croatia 2009, 1998, 1997, 1994), The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles (USA 2008, 2006), Distrito Jazz Bilbao (Spain 2008), Europa Jazz Fest Bucharest (Romania 2008), Manila Piazza Italia Expo (Philippines 2008), The Blue Room, Kansas City (USA 2007), Galway Jazz Festival (Ireland 2007), Nomme Jazz Festival, Tallinn (Estonia 2007), Nardis Jazz Club, Istanbul (Turkey 2007), Downtown Sambosi Jazz Festival, Budapest (Hungary 2007), Catalina's Jazz Club, Los Angeles (USA 2006), Jazz at the Hermitage Garden, Moscow (Russia 2006), Umbria Jazz (Italy 2006), Notorious and Thelonious, Buenos Aires (Argentina 2006), Centre Culturel Francais, Libreville (Gabon 2006), Centro Cultural Ruta Maya, Managua (Nicaragua 2006), Granados Hall Asuncion and Encarnacion (Paraguay 2006), Aarau and Olten jazzclubs (Switzerland 2005), Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival and Guangzhou Xhinghai Festival (China 2004), Jakarta Festival (Indonesia 2004), Sofia Jazz Peak (Bulgaria 2004), Tashkent Jazz Festival and Samarcanda (Uzbekistan 2003), Melbourne Italian Jazz Festival and Bennett's Lane Jazzclub (Australia 2003), Jazz en Lima (Perù 2003), Mar del Plata Jazz Festival (Argentina 2003), Jazz Tour Montevideo (Uruguay 2003), No Borders Music (Italy 2003), Kaunas Jazz and Vilnius (Lithuania 2002), Locarno Jazz (Switzerland 2002), Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and Atlantic Jazz Festival Halifax (Canada 2001), Gostenhofer Jazztage Nuernberg (Germany 2001), Udine Jazz (Italy 2001), Half Note Athens (Greece 2001), Agharta Prague (Czech Rep. 2001), San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Spain 2000), Newport Jazz Festival Torino (Italy 2000), Ocho Rios Jazz Festival (Jamaica 2000), Curacao Jazz Festival (Dutch Antilles 1999), Juan Sebastian Bar Caracas (Venezuela 1999), Jazzkaar Tallin (Estonia 1999), Festival Guanajuato and Festival Olimpio Merìda (Mexico 1999), Festival Jazz Corinthos and Athens Music Festival (Greece 1998), Festival Cervantino, Festival Metepec and Festival Guanajuato (Mexico 1997), Moritzburg Jazz Festival Halle (Germany 1996), Atlantis Basler Jazz Woche (Switzerland 1995), Jazz in Raab (Austria 1994), Int.l Jazz Days Zagreb (Croatia 1993), Jazz Days Liberec (Czech Rep. 1992), Jazz Festival Wuerzburg (Germany 1992), Lange Jazz Nacht Lindau (Germany 1991), Festival Jazz Sant Cugat (Spain 1990), Jazz Ost-West Nuernberg (Germany 1990), Messina Jazz Meeting (Italy 1989), Pannonton Jazz Napok Budapest (Hungary 1989), Prerov Jazz Days (Czech Rep. 1988), Euro Jazz Ivrea (Italy 1988), Sibiu Jazz (Romania 1986), Jazz Festival Gottwaldov and Blansko Jazz Days (Czech Rep. 1986), Cegled Jazz Show (Hungary 1986), Int.l Jazz Festival Prague (Czech Rep. 1984).

Contact and Information:
Musical director of JMood Records, Kansas City - USA
Phone: (0039) 335-642-7172 - E-mail: rmagrisjazz@libero.it
Website: www.jmoodrecords.com

phone (0039) 335-642-7172
website: www.jmoodrecords.com
email: rmagrisjazz@libero.it

Roberto Magris on Hammond B3

with Charlie Parker at the Jazz District in Kansas City                                                       At the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City

con Sam Reed
Roberto Magris at the Blue Room                                                                                      Roberto Magris and Sam Reed

Roberto Magris at the Blue Room

Roberto Magris Quartet feat. Art Davis
Los Angeles 2006

Roberto Magris and Art Davis at
The Jazz Bakery Los Angeles

Roberto Magris Trio at The Jazz Bakery Los Angeles

Roberto Magris, Tony Lakatos
Budapest Jazz Festival 2007

Roberto Magris and Art Davis

Roberto Magris at Hollywood Catalina's

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