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Dec
17
Sun
2017
Ron Aprea Big Band with Angela DeNiro
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Ron Aprea Big Band with Angela DeNiro @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Two Sets:  7:30 pm and 9:00 pm
$10 pp music charge prepaid online  $12 pp music charge at door
$7 pp food/drink minimum

Join Big Band Fans at Trumpets for the Big Band Holiday Extravaganza, with One More Once Big Band at 4 p.m. and the Ron Aprea Big Band at 7:30.

Tonight’s performance will include your favorite standards and arrangements of holiday music with the incomparable Angela DeNiro on vocals. We hope that you will join us!

If you love jazz, this is the real thing! The big band features some of the hottest players in the metropolitan area with Angela DeNiro (vocals). Angela is one of Trumpets’ favorite vocalists and we are thrilled to have them back.

If you love singers, you have to hear the lovely voice and  interpretation of Angela DeNiro, one of the outstanding singers of our day! – Kristine Massari, owner of Trumpets

Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong.

While with Hamp’s band, some of the highlights were a Ramsey Lewis television special, and a recorded concert at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron’s solos were taped and put into their Archives. Ron was the featured soloist and arranger for performances with Nat Adderley at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and he also performed at the Paramount Theatre with King Curtis’ Big Band. Ron has played shows for literally hundreds of stars, including Clint Holmes, Rita Moreno, Robert Merrill, Chita Rivera, Rich Little, and Billy Eckstine.

In 1974, Ron recorded with John Lennon and Elton John on the album entitled Walls and Bridges. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, and Steve Madeo. Ron was a featured soloist on the jazz-gospel album Free to Be Free. He also wrote, arranged, and produced his own album, Ronnie April’s Positive Energy Volume 1. Ron had his own TV special on WNYC, and was a featured soloist on Broadway’s Song of Singapore.

Ron’s compositions, arrangements, and productions skills can be heard on Angela DeNiro’s first CD,Just For the Fun Of It, as well as her second  release, Angela DeNiro…Swingin’ With Legends, featuring Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin.

Ron and Angela brought the house down at the Five Towns College Jazz Concert in 1998 and 1999. Ron was featured with the Kenny Barron Trio at the 1998 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and was part of the All-Star cast, which included Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Al Grey, Ray Brown, Marion McPartland, Abbey Lincoln, and Diana Krall. In addition to a full performance schedule, Ron spends much time composing and arranging, both for an instrumental big band album, and for vocalist Angela DeNiro.

During the summer of ’98, Ron performed extensively with both his Big Band and Quintet, and received a standing ovation from thousands at the Planting Fields Arboretum in New York, where he and Angela DeNiro again appeared as guest artists in concert with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Ron’s solos, and his impeccable “note-matching” with Angela at finger-breaking tempos during the scatting segments, wowed their audience!

Ron has three 1998 GRAMMY nomination entries: Producer of the Year (Swingin’ With Legends), and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Angela DeNiro’s Avalon & The Song Is You. Ron completed an arranging assignment for vocalist Alex Donner, featuring nine of Ron’s arrangements. Alex released the first of a 2-CD set in the spring of 2001. Ron co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WSHR, 91.9 FM, New York, with his wife, vocalist Angela DeNiro. Their show, Rush-Hour Rendezvous ran successfully for two years, and featured great jazz and musical conversation.

In January 2001, Ron’s band, with Angela DeNiro, was featured on “BET-TV”. The national program, called “Jazz Discovery”, showcased jazz artists in competition, and was judged by a panel of three, which included jazz legend Chick Corea. Angela, with Ron’s band, won.

Ron and Angela DeNiro made a cameo appearance on legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy’s new CD, released in September of 2001 on the High Note Label. In August 2001, Ron performed in an All-Star band for a Charlie Parker Birthday tribute in Harlem, New York. The band featured four alto saxophonists. Playing alongside Ron were Jimmy Zaff, Gerald Hayes, and James Spaulding. The rhythm section featured Danny Mixon on piano, Bob Cunningham on bass, and Andre Strobaer on drums. Needless to say , Ron and friends created total pandemonium!

Ron wrote for Angela DeNiro’s third CD, My Shining Hour. One of Ron’s compositions, For Phil, is dedicated to Phil Woods, who has been a major source of inspiration to Ron since the mid 60’s. Ron’s tribute to Phil, performed by Ms. DeNiro, exudes the warmth and love Ron has for the legendary alto saxophonist. This CD was released in August 2005. Angela and Ron are joined on this album by a smokin’ rhythm section comprised of Cecilia Coleman on piano, Tim Givens on bass, and Jim Young on drums. Trumpeter Don Sickler and trombonist Scott Whitfield join Ron’s alto sax & flute, and strings round out two of the cuts on the album.

Dec
21
Thu
2017
Dre Barnes Holiday Party
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Dre Barnes Holiday Party @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
$12 pp music charge prepaid online   $15 pp music charge  at door   $7 pp minimum

Dre Barnes-piano
Anthony Nelson-Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Andy McKee-Bass
Nathan Webb- Drums

Born In Philadelphia, Barnes began Piano studies at the age of 10. He started his musical journey playing the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. In his High School years Barnes gained early exposure playing in his High School Jazz Ensemble, and also gaining

Musical experience by playing in Church and with local R&B Groups. Although it was through his experience in playing in the High School Jazz Band, that He fell in love with Jazz. Barnes was also the 1st prize winner of a Music competition at the Harlem School of the Arts in Harlem, New York, featuring talent in the Tri-State area in his senior year of High school. It was this experience that inspired Barnes to pursue a Life in Music.

 Barnes studies Classical piano at William Paterson University where he was a student of the great Piano pedagogue Gary Kirkpatrick. Upon graduation from William Paterson University, Barnes immersed himself in the Jazz world, but not forgoing his Classical training. He began sitting in at local jam sessions and began studies with the great John Hicks. Barnes enrolled at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts where he continued his studies with Jazz master Kenny Barron. Upon graduation from Rutgers with a Master’s degree in Music, Barnes sought out lessons from Jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller. Barnes cites Bud Powell, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, and Herbie Hancock as primary influences.

 In 2008 Barnes recorded his debut CD entitled “Wandering Spirits” with bassist Reuben Rogers and the legendary Drummer Lewis Nash. Zan Stewart of the Star Ledger stated;

“Dre Barnes is an impressive dedicated Jazz Pianist and Composer who delivers his choice notes with a firm touch and potent rhythmic heft” The Jazz Improv NY further states;

“Dre Barnes’ music is the top of the walk quality Jazz piano and as such, he’s part of an august group and a wonderous tradition that’s part of an up and coming new wave of Jazz Pianists’

 Barnes has worked and or played with Actress/Vocalist, Janet Huber from the popular Television sitcom “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Trumpeter Duane Eubanks, Saxohonists, Don Braden, Bruce Williams, and T.K. Blue, Drummers T.S. Monk and Elliot Zigmund.

Barnes has been a featured performer at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as leading groups in the Trio/Quartet format in the NY/Tri-State Area.

Dec
22
Fri
2017
Wallace Roney Quintet
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wallace Roney Quintet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

 

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge advanced online sales   $22 pp music charge at door
$12pp minimum (food/drink)

Wallace Roney: Trumpet
Emilio Modesto: Sax
Oscar Williams: Piano
Curtie Lundy: Bass
Kojo Roney: Drums

 

Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music I filter my expression through the jazz experience.

Dec
23
Sat
2017
Wallace Roney Quintet
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wallace Roney Quintet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$22 pp music charge    $12pp minimum (food/drink)

 

Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music I filter my expression through the jazz experience.

Dec
26
Tue
2017
Dave Stryker Trio featuring Billy Hart and Jared Gold
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dave Stryker Trio featuring Billy Hart and Jared Gold
Dave Stryker, Billy Hart, Jared Gold.
$20 Music Charge, $12 Minimum
“Stryker’s multi-hued playing becomes a combustible force, a link to the blues of McDuff and Turrentine for sure, but also representing the state of the art 
in jazz guitar evolution….His playing is consummately beautiful, his choice of notes, Wes Montgomery -styled chordal runs, point-perfect solos and serious swing a joy framed by his well-chosen company.  
Surging through Stryker’s assorted gifts is his unique strength – a rock – bottom groove rare amid today’s jazz complexity sweepstakes.”
Ken Micallef -New York City Jazz Record  May 2015
Dec
27
Wed
2017
The Real Deal Big Band
Dec 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Real Deal Big Band @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

7 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
$10 pp music charge  $12 pp at door  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

One of Jersey’s ace ensembles should be much better known:The Real Deal Big Band, led by guitarist, composer and arranger Willy Dalton. An outgrowth of the smaller Dalton Gang, the band digs into a melding of jazz, blues and Latin styles with aplomb .
Zan Stewart, 2008)

 

Dec
29
Fri
2017
Roseanna Vitro. A Night of Friends, Celebration of Life. Special guests: Gabrielle Stravelli and UK Jazz Stars: Vocalists Christine Tobin and guitarist Phil Robson
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Roseanna Vitro. A Night of Friends, Celebration of Life. Special guests: Gabrielle Stravelli  and  UK Jazz Stars: Vocalists Christine Tobin  and guitarist Phil Robson @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Sets at 8:00 & 10:00
$20 pp music charge online advance sales; $25 pp at door  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

A Night of Friends, Celebration of Life
Join us to welcome in the New Year with Grammy Nominated Vocalist:
Roseanna Vitro-vocals
Mark Soskin piano
Ratzo Harris Bass
Karl Latham drums
Special guests: Gabrielle Stravelli  and  UK Jazz Stars: Vocalists Christine Tobin  and guitarist Phil Robson*

Songs of love and celebration for those who are here and memories of those who have passed. More guests to be announced.

 

Dec
30
Sat
2017
Pre-NYE Party: Enrico Granafei Quintet featuring Vitali Imereli on violin
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pre-NYE Party:  Enrico Granafei Quintet featuring Vitali Imereli on violin @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$20 pp prepaid music charge  $25 at door  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Enrico Granafei-harmonica, guitar, vocals
Vitali Imereli-violin
Amina Figarova-piano
Rick Crane-bass
Gordon Lane-drums

With special guests!

 

 Join us for cake for Kristine’s birthday!

 

 

Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience that encompasses both classical music and jazz. He received his degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976 and his artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community.  In 1992 Granafei received his master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans.  His love for jazz led him to New York City, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland,Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. He has performed extensively on the chromatic harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival and Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), and other jazz festivals throughout Italy, France, Spain and major clubs throughout Europe.

Granafei has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey since 1999.  One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances.  As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”

 

Dec
31
Sun
2017
New Year’s Eve Gala with Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz
Dec 31 2017 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Gala with Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz @ Trumpets Jazz Club

New Year’s Eve Gala!  Tickets are going fast! Get yours today!

Update: 12/31/2017  There are only about 8 seats available at bar. Please leave a message on 973-744-2600, if you are interested in seats at the bar.  

No more online ticket sales. 

The amazing Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz returns for our annual New Year’s Eve Gala! Ring in the New Year with dancing, great food, contests, prizes and surprise guests!

Ticket price includes the show, a four-course meal, one drink, champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. One of our most popular and engaging performers, Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz features elegantly funky R&B, Jazz and more! Presented by WillJam Entertainment Group.

About Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz

A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world for over a decade, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on jazz, funk and R&B. In May 2016, he signed with a new management team led by music-industry veteran Buzz Willis and the legendary Robert “Kool” Bell (of Kool & The Gang).

He has also signed a U.S. distribution deal with All Access Entertainment Records distributed by BDG/RED (A Division of Sony LLC), for their latest album, “Good Medicine”. Starting off with the lead single, “Good Medicine,” the new partnership provides greater exposure for a rising star on the Urban Adult Contemporary scene.

“I’m thrilled that this new distribution deal, along with a legendary management team, are all in place to bring the music of “Good Medicine” to a larger worldwide audience,” said Stephens. “The goal of any artist is to have their music heard. As you listen to the album, let your heart be light and youthful and your spirit open, as the music will fill and enlighten you… and funk you up!”

“Good Medicine” by Ty Stephens and (the) SoulJaazz (Richard Cummings, Jr., Ron “Rondew” Monroe, Tony Lewis and Robert “R.T.” Taylor) features 15 delicious tracks of original, smooth, elegantly funky R&B/jazz, with singles including the title track “Good Medicine,” the dance anthem “Love Is In The Room,” the summer love jam “Ain’tcha Somethin’” and the remake of the very popular “Found”.

“Good Medicine” is available on all major digital distribution and steaming services. More about Ty Stephens & (the) SoulJaazz can be found at www.tystephensmusic.com.

Jan
3
Wed
2018
Roberto Pistolesi & Roberto Tarenzi featuring Enrico Granafei on Harmonica.
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Roberto Pistolesi & Roberto Tarenzi featuring Enrico Granafei on Harmonica.

Roberto Tarenzi, Roberto Pistolesi, Takashi Otsuka. Enrico Granafei

$10 Music charge, $5 Minimum pp

Roberto Pistolesi (1978), is a drummer/artist/composer born in Frosinone, Italy.

He gained acknowledgment from the jazz crowd playing with the worldwide-known saxophone player Stefano Di Battista, joining his band in 2010, touring with him in many countries through the most important jazz festivals in the world. Roberto also has been playing/plays with a variety of outstanding jazz players, such as Roberto Tarenzi, Francesco Cafiso, Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Scott Hamilton, Antonio Faraò.

 

“Music has been present in my life right from the start, and it’s just by accident that I now play the drums, because they got into my spirit later than my first love, which is melody.

As a baby I use to sing right from the cradle, then my parents made me do classical studies. I studied Violin at my hometown’s conservatory of classical music as a little kid, and I quit when I was 15. My love for drums came during my teens, as the manifestation of a relief from classical education and I never thought to be a professional when I was beating everything that came at handy (teachers were kicking me off the class all the time). Many years passed from when I was playing with local bands to the point where I am now. I perform in the Jazz field, still having gathered many experience in a lot of genres.”

 

After In 1998 he moved to Rome, the capital city, and attended U.M. (Università Della Musica), getting a 5 years degree in 2 years of time. From 2000 to current times, Roberto Pistolesi went through many musical changes, being at first a “pop” free-lance, playing and touring with rock bands, and finally gaining more confidence in the musical “field” he always loved the most: Jazz. From 2005 he finally quit being a “hard hitter” and declined all his commitments with pop bands, intensely willing to be a jazz musician. That new choice made him have a big turn, and he began to play and record with almost every jazz player in the city. He played with various settings, from Dixieland to modern jazz, and with occasional visitors, such as George Garzone, Eddie Henderson, Steve Grossman, the first ones to inspire him to go to U.S.A. From 2006 to 2008 he attended the conservatory of Jazz Music in his hometown.

From 2007 he started his trips to New York, visiting it every year for a month. At the same time he started his career as a Jazz player in Italy. In N.Y. he studied with master drummers Kenny Washington, John Riley, Sam Ulano.  He occasionally had lessons from Kendrick Scott, Ari Hoenig, Michael Carvin. In N.Y. he had the chance to work, play and have private sessions with great musicians as Lew Tabackin, Dred Scott, George Garzone, Virginia Mayhew, Carol Sudhalter, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Marco Panascia, Joseph Lepore and many others.

In 2008, he started to attend the Jazz Conservatory in his hometown in Italy.

As time has passed, Roberto Pistolesi was acknowledged as one of the “up and coming” drummers / musicians of his country, being a number one call for many bandleaders.

 

Here’s a short list of the most relevant players he had the occasion to play and record with:

Among “Pop” musicians and Songwriters:

Jimmy Carl Black, Erri De Luca, Alex Britti, Max Gazzè, Niccolò Fabi, Nicky Nicolai Ivan Segreto, Les Vois du Sete Sois, Teddy Reno, Carlotta, Francesco di Giacomo.

Among Jazz players:

Stefano Di Battista, George Garzone, Francesco Cafiso, Steve Grossman, Roberto Tarenzi, Enrico Rava, Eddie Henderson, Ruud Jacobs, Peter Beets, Scott Hamilton, Steve Slagle, Randy Sandke, John Allred, Virginia Mayhew, Gegè Telesforo, Rocco Zifarelli, Dario Deidda, Rigmor Gustaffson, Enrico Rava, Lew Tabackin, Shawn Monteiro, Juraj Stanik, Jos Machtel, Paolo Fresu, Giovanni Amato, Fabio Zeppetella, Marjorie Barnes, Deborah Carter, Joris Teepe, Andrea Pozza, Rossano Sportiello, Alfredo Paixao, Wendell Brunious, David Paquette, Joy Garrison, Joseph Lepore, Massimo Nunzi’s big band, Gianluca Renzi, Marcello Rosa, Carol Sudhalter, Max Ionata, Sandro Deidda, Alfonso Deidda, Pietro Lussu, Gianni Saint Just, “All Times Orchestra” directed by M. Stefano Zavattoni, Carlo Atti, Luigi Grasso, Lino Patruno, Claudio “Greg” Gregori, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese.

TV SHOWS: National Television: on Channel Five “Il senso della vita” with Paolo Bonolis, “Un poeta per amico” with Enzo Decaro,“Premio Bellisario”.

On Rai television “Domenica In” a weekly television show 8 months long, with Paola Perego and Pino Insegno.

Currently Roberto divides his residency between Italy and the Netherlands and performs with:

-Stefano Di Battista’s quartet

-“La Musica Provata”, with writer Erri De Luca, Stefano Di Battista and singer Nicky Nicolai, with whom he recorded the cd/dvd album “La Musica Provata” ,available in Italian and French book stores.

-Rocco Zifarelli Trio: renowned jazz and fusion guitar player and composer, Ennio Morricone’s guitarist.

-Roberto Tarenzi trio: jazz pianist and composer, with who he just recorded 4 cds.

-Ivan Segreto, a non-conventional song-writer-pianist, with who he recorded the cd album “Integra” and tours in duo or trio settings, exploring live electronics and improv.

-Antonio Faraò trio: world-renowned piano player.

– As a free-lance in many trios, quartets, big bands.

 

Selected discography

Roberto Tarenzi Trio

-“Dig Deep”, 2008

-“One Day I’ll Fly Away” 2009.

-“Involvingevolvingrevolving”, 2012 Alice Records.

-“Other Digressions”, 2013 Abeat Records.

-“Roberto Tarenzi Trio Live” with Dario Deidda, 2015.

Stefano Di Battista:

-“La Musica Insieme”, 2015 Feltrinelli.

Roberto Tarenzi Nasce a Milano nel 1977, intraprende lo studio del pianoforte all’età di otto anni, dedicandosi agli autori classici.

Scopre il jazz nell’adolescenza e studia con: Ray Santisi presso i seminari della Berklee School a Umbria Jazz nel 1994, Franco D’Andrea e Enrico Pieranunzi a Siena Jazz 1996, Enrico Intra e Roberto Pronzato presso i Civici Corsi di Jazz di Milano, dove ottiene il diploma nel 1999.

 

Nel 1995 entra a far parte della Big Band diretta da Enrico Intra con cui incide quattro CD: “Italian Club Graffiti” per la Erga-Peer Music, NIght Creature”, “New Perspectives” e “New Italian Graffiti” per la Soul Note e accompagna, tra gli altri: Dave Liebman, Max Roach, Bobby Watson, Bob Brookmeyer, David Murray, Eddie Daniels, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Franco Ambrosetti, Giovanni Tommaso.

 

Nel 2000, ispirandosi alla musica del pianista Ahmad Jamal, fonda CUES Trio assieme a Lucio Terzano e Tony Arco, con cui incide nel 2001 “Introducing CUES trio” per la DDQ-SoulNote e nel 2002 “Cues trio meets David Liebman – FEEL” per la Abeat records.

 

Nel 2003 incontra in una jam session a New York James Cammack, contrabbassista da oltre vent’anni al fianco di Ahmad Jamal stesso, con cui tiene successivamente una serie di concerti in Italia e registra nel 2008 l’album “Rather Odd”, in trio, a nome del batterista Tony Arco.

 

Nell’ottobre 2005 registra con il quartetto di Nat Su il CD “Volatile”, uscito per la TCB-Montreux. Nel Dicembre 2005 registra dal vivo con Dave Liebman nell’ambito di un tour italiano; da queste sessioni nascono due album: “Dream of Nite” e “Negative Space”, entrambi prodotti in Europa dalla Emarcy-Universal e usciti negli USA per la prestigiosa etichetta VERVE.

 

All’inizio del 2006 si trasferisce a New York per sei mesi, dove svolge un’intensa attività concertistica nei club e registra con la cantante Alice Ricciardi il CD “Comes Love”, uscito poco dopo per la Blue Note-EMI Music. Di questo periodo sono anche le registrazioni di “The Right place” (Emarcy-Universal) di Gaetano Partipilo, “13 Floors” e “Dig Deep” (Music Center) e “Locomotion” (SoundHills) con Franco Ambrosetti e Michele Bozza.

 

Di ritorno dagli Stati Uniti viene scelto assieme ad altri undici pianisti in tutto il mondo (tra cui Aaron Parks e Gerald Clayton) per partecipare al prestigioso “Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition”, esibendosi di fronte ad una giuria presieduta da Herbie Hancock e comprendente, tra gli altri, Danilo Perez e Andrew Hill.

 

Nel 2008 si trasferisce a Roma e inizia una intensissima attività concertistica al fianco di Stefano Di Battista e Rosario Giuliani, collaborando altresì con Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Dario Deidda, Fabio Zeppetella, Fabrizio Bosso, Max Ionata e praticamente tutti i migliori musicisti della scena italiana.

Compare nel 12° DVD “La grande storia del Jazz” in un progetto diretto da Massimo Nunzi.

 

Con Stefano Di Battista incide incide un disco per Casa del Jazz uscito nel 2009 nella collana del periodico L’Espresso e due dischi con la cantante Nicky Nicolai (“Più Sole” per la Emarcy-Universal e “Sophisticated Lady” per l’Espresso). Sempre nel 2009 escono “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, registrato in trio per la DejaVu, che riscuote un ottimo successo di vendite in Giappone, e “Night Walk” con il sassofonista Max Ionata, prodotto dalla stessa etichetta.

 

Nel 2010 realizza, assieme a Roberto Pistolesi, Pietro Ciancaglini, Stefano Di Battista e Dario Deidda: “Involving, evolving, revolving”, uscito per Alice Records a giugno 2011.

 

E’ del 2012 la registrazione del CD “Images” di Rosario Giuliani, effettuata a New York assieme a John Patitucci, Joe Locke e Joe LaBarbera.

 

Nel 2013 realizza il suo lavoro discografico “Other Digressions”, uscito di recente per Abeat Records.

 

DI recente uscita è il suo ultimo CD dal vivo “Trio Live”, con Dario Deidda e Roberto Pistolesi.

 

Attualmente è impegnato in tour europei ed italiani al fianco di Rosario Giuliani, Roberto Gatto (con la band Tributo a Miles Davis), oltre a collaborare stabilmente con Fabio Zeppetella, Pilàr e con il quintetto francese Equilibre de Nash.