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Melissa Stott

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Melissa Stott was born in England in 1972 to a Singaporean-Chinese mother and an English father. Her formal piano training began at the age of 6 and she went on to receive a diploma when she was 18, but it was in the years prior to this that her informal ear training started, thanks to her father, a church organist and jazz pianist.

Melissa continued to be active in the musical environment during her years at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) where she studied Drama, and after a period of time spent between Singapore, London, Sweden and Denmark, Melissa decided to move to Italy and there got into the jazz scene. She went on to study with Barry Harris, Stjepko Gut, Dennis Jeter and LaVerne Jackson.

During her time spent in Italy, Melissa has worked with many musicians on the Italian and international jazz scene, namely Nico Menci, David Fairburn, Greg Burk, Jonathon Robinson, Callum Gourlay, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Ohm, Richard Turner, Niall Marron, Karl Rooney, Pietro Ciancaglini, Alessandro Minetto, Danilo Gallo, Nicola Muresu, Antonio Ciacca, Giancarlo Bianchetti, Aljosa Jeric, Carlo Atti, Paolo Benedettini, Max Dall'Omo, Max Chirico, Davide Brillante, Matteo Raggi, Valerio Pontrandolfo, Paolo Mappa, Luca Pisani and many others. She plays regularly in festivals such as Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Sant'Elpidio Jazz Festival, Appennino Music Festival, Toscana Jazz, Magra Jazz, Seravezza Jazz, Livorno Jazz, Suoni dell'Appennino, Zola Jazz and Wine, Rassegna Moovì, Lemon ‘900.

Melissa is the author/composer of many original pieces, some of which are showcased on her CD "Why Now", out on FeetFirst Records, which features special guest Stjepko (Steve) Gut.

Melissa writes the arrangements for the Melissa Stott Sextet and taught at the Appennino Music Festival during the 2002, 2003 and 2005 editions. She is also Musical Director and teaches on the new musical theatre programme of the Polisportiva Onda Blu in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian appennines.

"a jazz vocalist who will capture your heart" (Hal Hill, June 2005)

"one of the most interesting voices on the British jazz scene" (Bologna da Vivere, June 2003)

"After the Afro-American atmosphere of Benny Golson's sax, now it's the turn of one of the most acclaimed new voices on the scene…Even if Ms. Stott is performing with the sextet as a vocalist, let's not forget that the qualities of this musician do not stop here. First class arranger and classical pianist, the young artiste will undertake the classic repertoire of the American Songbooks" (il Resto del Carlino, June 2003)

Why Now (FeetFirst Records, 2005) Contacts and information:
Melissa Stott
tel. 0039/328/6595535
email: info@melissastott.com
web: www.melissastott.com

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