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Giuseppe Continenza

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Born into a musical family, Giuseppe has been playing guitar for a large part of his life. It was at the age of seven, that his musical interests began. He studied classical guitar at the Classical Music Academy in Pescara (Italy) and later he moved to California in order to study at Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he graduated with vocational honor. He also did private study in Los Angeles with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world: Joe Diorio, Ted Greene, Howard Roberts, Ron Escheté, Scott Henderson, Don Mock, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis and many others.

In 1994 he founded the European Musicians Institute (E.M.I) in Pescara (Italy) that's one of most advanced european music school.

Giuseppe has involved in the Institute teachers like Tuck Andress, Joe Diorio, Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Bruno, John Stowell, Scott Henderson, Gary Willis, Jeff Richman, Paul Bollenback, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, George Lynch, Jennifer Batten, Dominique Di Piazza, Dave Friesen and many others.

Giuseppe Continenza has performed and recorded with world famous musicians like Joe Diorio (S.Getz, P.Metheny, J.Hall), Bireli Lagrene (J.Pastorius, M.Petrucciani, J.Zawinul),, Bobby Watson, Gary Willis (Tribal Tech, Wayne Shorter), Dominique Di Piazza (John Mc Laughlin), Paul Bollenback (J.DeFrancesco, S.Turrentine, C.Byrd), Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Jack Wilkins, John Stowell (L.Hampton, L.Coryell, R.Towner), Royce Campbell (H.Mancini), Jeff Richman (M.Stern, F.Gambale D.Grusin), Gene Bertoncini (W.Shorter,B.Goodman, P.Desmond), Vic Juris (Dave Liebman), Dave Friesen, and others.

Giuseppe Continenza has toured in May 2000 in duo with jazz guitar genius Bireli Lagrene. He is, for almost eight years, a contributor in Guitar Club & Tuttochitarra some of the finest european magazines. He writes three columns: "Contemporary Jazz Guitar", "Lesson With The Greats" and "Chord Melody". He write also columns on Jazzit and Jazzitalia.net. Check out the interviews on Guitar Club December 1999 with Joe Diorio and Tuttochitarra, July 2001 with Bireli Lagrene. His latest interview was on the American magazine Just Jazz Guitar, August 2001.

In August 2003 Giuseppe Continenza became a Fender/Benedetto Guitars, U.S.A. endorders with Robert Benedetto (The greatest living liuther)making a great guitar for him. Other endorsers are Jimmy Bruno, Andy Summers (Police), Jack Wilkins, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, etc.

He also endorses Benedetto Pickups/Seymour Duncan, La Bella Strings and Buscarini Classical Guitars.

The new cd Journey, produced by Heiner Franz from Jardis Records, is a duo project with the great jazz guitar master Vic Juris (Dave Liebman's guitarist for over 10 years) and a famous jazz sidemen.

In August 2003 Giuseppe Continenza & Vic Juris recorded a new album Seven Steps To Heaven with Dominique Di Piazza – Bass (the legendary John McLaughlin's Bassist) and Pietro Iodice – Drums.

Upcoming project include a second tour and recording with Bireli Lagrene & Vic Juris. Plus concerts, tour and recordings with the Quartet (Giuseppe Continenza, Vic Juris, Dominique Di Piazza, Pietro Iodice), Paul Bollenback, Joe Diorio, Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Gary Willis and others.

Giuseppe Continenza - Jimmy Bruno - Martin Taylor
Pescara Jazz nel Parco

Quotes about Giuseppe Continenza:
"Giuseppe Continenza is a really good Guitar Player…" Joe Diorio

"…a true virtuoso of jazz guitar, he can play in every style. A really outstanding guitarist…" - Guitar Club magazine

"… is a very excellent guitarist…" - Bireli Lagrene

"…is a great guitarist, we all look forward to great things from him…" - Paul Bollenback (Joey DeFrancesco)

"he has in incredible command of harmony and he plays music with all his soul. Amazing talent…" – John Stowell

"Giuseppe Continenza is a monster guitarist…" - Gene Bertoncini (New England Conservatory & University of New York)

"After hearing one of the latest recordings of Giuseppe Continenza, I was greatly impressed. His time, harmonic concept and overall feeling was wonderful. He is one of the great talents of the jazz guitar…" - Dave Friesen (H. Hancock, C.Corea, G.Benson)

" … a great guitar virtuoso! he is really amazing!!!…" - Just Jazz Guitar magazine, U.S.A.

"Listen Giuseppe Continenza's playing is simply a delight. He is an incredibile musician gifted with an extraordinary talent…" - Vic Juris (Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman)

Quotes about the album of Vic Juris & Giuseppe Continenza "Journey":
"...one of the best cd I've heard in years, two great masters of jazz music..." Hank Garland (Guitarist who played and recorded from Elvis Presley to Charlie Parker)

"Giuseppe Continenza & Vic Juris, a marriage made in heaven. One of the finest guitar duo ever…" - Jimmy Bruno (Concord Jazz Recording Artist)

"wonderful standards played with lots of heart and terrific interplay…" Jack Wilkins (C.Mingus, R.Charles,D.Gillespie)

"Together, Giuseppe and Vic are THE voice of jazz guitar. Their endless creativity is a delightful gift to players, listeners &makers" -  Bob Benedetto (Fender/Guild-Benedetto Guitars Maker)

G. Continenza - v. Juris - P. Iodice - D. Di Piazza
Seven Steps To Heaven

Contacts and information:
Giuseppe Continenza C/o EMI
Via Rigopiano, 33 - 64124 Pescara (Italy)
Phone. 085/382155 Mobile. 0349/090 5280
Home Page: www.continenza.com

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