Argenti, Boston-based pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, arranger, was
born in Pisa, Italy, in 1954.
pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger
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".
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
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
Rosa, Nicola Arigliano, Irio De Paula, Maurizio Gianmarco,
Stefano Cantini, Gigi Cifarelli, Fulvio Sisti, Alessandro
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.
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
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.
Click here to read the Ferdinando
The new albums by
Ferdinando Argenti, available on his
"Live at Sahara"
Ferdinando Argenti -
piano, vocals, melodica
Marshall Wood - bass
Marcello Pellitteri - drums
"Look for silver
Ferdinando Argenti - piano in all tracks,
vocals in 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, melodica in 2, 9, 11
Kenwood Dennard - drums, in 3, 5, 6, 8, 10
Ron Mahdi - bass, in 3, 5, 6, 8, 10
Bob Savine - drums, in 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11
Todd Baker - bass, in 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11
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