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Francesco Amenta

I discovered my passion for the saxophone at the age of 16 in a small music school in Bologna. Later I studied with Piero Odorici and attended jazz seminars at “Siena Jazz” and “Jazz Urbino”. The seminars were a great opportunity to play in a big band scenario, with musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Eddie Henderson and George Garzone. I continued my studies at the Conservatory of Verona with Barry Harris, at the American School of Modern Music in Paris with Johnny Griffin and Charles Lloyd, at the Conservatory of Music “G.B. Martini” in Bologna with Barend Middelhoff and Tomaso Lama, in the same period I also had the opportunity to study with Tom Kirkpatrick and especially with Bob Franceschini. Then I moved to The Hague, Holland, where I attended the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag) learning from musicians like Toon Roos, Eric Gieben, Erik Ineke, Rolf Delfos, and I had the opportunity to attend master classes with Gwilym Simcock, Dave Glasser, Dave Libman, Joshua Redman, Aron Parks. ​ I currently live and work in New York City. In New York I play regularly in jazz clubs, restaurants, and I also work with dance companies such as Sue Samuel's “Jazz Roots Dance Company”.

Professionally I have collaborated with Italian actor Edoardo Siravo in some theatre projects for prose, and with Lucio Caliendo in the soundtrack of the film “Dreaming by Number”, produced for Dutch television and nominated for the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

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