Men & Women welcome
2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m
$10 pp music $7 pp minimum
Straight-ahead Jazz, Brazilian music & originals
Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica, guitar & voice
Renato Pompilio-guitarist from
Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience which encompasses both Classical Music and Jazz. Enrico received a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976. His artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community. n the early 1980s Enrico started to broaden his horizons by discovering Jazz through the harmonica.
Following in the tradition of the legendary Toots Thielemans, he began to explore new possibilities for the harmonica, an instrument too often associated solely with Rock and Blues. Besides playing in the best jazz clubs in Italy during that period, Enrico performed regularly on national television where he was a member of the Pippo Caruso orchestra. His love for Jazz led him to New York City, the world capital of Jazz, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Birdland, Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. In 1992 Enrico graduated with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. Since 1999 Enrico has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey (USA), the most important Jazz venue in the state. He continues to perform regularly at Trumpets and at other important jazz venues throughout the United States, as well as to record as a leader and sideman. Now living in New Jersey, Enrico frequently returns to his native Europe as a featured performer in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival (Italy), Jazz Festivals throughout Italy and France, and major clubs throughout Europe.He is one of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today and continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. Enrico’s latest accomplishment is his work on Hands-Free-Chromatic Harmonica. The revolutionary instrument invented by Vern Smith allows him to play Chromatic Harmonica and Guitar at the same time, something that nobody has ever done before in Jazz. Close your eyes and you will hear two or three musicians but in fact it’s only one.
Guitarist, session man and composer, Renato Pompilio is specialized in executions with the classical guitar ranging from classical music to jazz, ethnic Brazilian and Flamenco music. In 1972 he starts his professional career as a session man on a tour around Europe. He then moves to Brazil for a year to deepen his knowledge of the music language. Since then he has been working with musicians and composers of worldwide renown. He has also attended to and given several lectures and played in important festivals, in which worldwide famous guests like: Miles Davis, Michel Camillo, Marcel Dadi, Elise Witt took part.