Tony Pancella

Basically a self taught musician and a natural talent, his exposure to jazz began very early with performances by his father, a pianist himself; subsequently studied piano in 1981- 82 at the Siena Jazz Clinics, and in New York with James Williams and Larry Willis, two of his main piano influences and mentors.
Collaborations with international musicians like Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Ray Mantilla, Jimmy Knepper, Steve Turre, Lee Konitz, John Mosca, Tony Scott, Joe Magnarelli, Bobby Durham, Ulf Radelius, Kim Parker, Keith Copeland, Virginia Mayhew, Robert Anchipolovsky, Jure Pukl, Dima Grodsky, Miles Griffith, Larry Willis, Buddy De Franco, Phil Woods and many others.
Teacher at the ?Manager of Music Communication? 1st level Master 2004 at the G.D?Annunzio University in Chieti.
Mentor in Jazz Piano at the 2004 edition of ?Jazzinty? Workshop in Novo Mesto (Slovenia).
His most recent projects includes a piano-duet together with piano giant Larry Willis, with several concerts and a recording, and the Miles Griffith & Tony Pancella Trio which performed extensively and recorded all over Europe and Middle East for six years.
Tony is the artistic director of the ChietiFestival