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Leo Pianoforte
sax, clarinet

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Born into a musical family on April 1966 in San Giovanni Rotondo (FG) south Italy, Leonardo Pianoforte started playing music at an early age. His father was a accordion and keyboards player who started Leonardo's musical education by teaching him to play the keyboard at the age of six. Leonardo's father, continued his musical education by enrolling him in the piano studio and few years later clarinet with a local teacher.

In September 1988 got degrees from a classical Conservatory in Potenza studying with maestro Giuseppe Paolini. Shortly after, Leonardo heard a recording by Michael Brecker. After hearing Brecker on this recording, Leonardo switched to the tenor saxophone. Since then he has studied classical clarinet, and from then on started to study jazz by himself.After living in Italy until 1995, Leonardo moved to London in September 1996 and lived there for about 7 years.

He has performed and/or recorded with a jazz-soul singer Jenny Lockwood, pianist Stuart Brown and his trio.

In September 1997 played tenor sax and clarinet with a female band, called "The Eulipians" from New Castle and made all the instruments arrangement for their first record. Along his permanence in London, he has played as well in Jazz Café in Camden Town, Ronnie Scotts, and Pizza Express and in many Italian restaurant.

Now he led his own band and performs in clubs, concert halls and festivals around Italy.

Leonardo has also composed music for his jazz quartet. His most recent recording is a song dedicated to Michael Brecker called 13/01/2007 written the day after he died.

He currently lives in south Italy and so far he has studied and participated to jazz master class with musicians like: Attilio Zanchi, Ettore Fioravanti, Paolo Fresu, Bob Mintzer e Giovanni Mazzarino. In May 2008 was finalist for the XII Edizione Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani-Camerino-(MC).

Through the years as a jazz saxophone player he has played with pianist Stuart Brown and his trio: Frank Rotter e Mark Dartford, Jenny Lokwood and her band, The Eulipians, Martin Ellis, Jonathan Bast, Gege Telesforo, Michele Di Martino, Emiliano De Luca, Franco Gregorio, Pasquale Mega, Camillo Pace, Marcello Nisi, Paolo Viola, the Jazz Colour Quartet, Avant garde trio (USA), Duke saxophone Quartet, Filarmonica di fiati del Vulture and many other.

Matera con gege' Telesforo
Matera - with Gege' Telesforo

Contacts and Information:
web: www.leopianoforte.com
emali: info@leopianoforte.com
facebook: https://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Leo-Pianoforte/539617159467467
canale youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZqYFyYPJk7HlYaO4uT24Q
Dodicilune: http://www.dodiciluneshop.it/dettagli.asp?sid=99540814520150209100759&idp=174&categoria=2














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