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Francesco Crosara

WHO

FRANCESCO CROSARA is a Seattle-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and recording artist who has performed at select musical venues internationally. Format varies from piano solo to duet, trio, or larger ensembles.

STYLE

Straight-ahead jazz, with elements of latin, fusion, classical and world music.

MUSIC INFLUENCES

PIANO: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul.
OTHER: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Return To Forever, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny.

PERFORMED WITH

Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Lilian Terry, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, Mark Lewis, Osama Afifi, Jeff Busch, Milo Petersen, Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, Farko Dosumov, D'Vonne Lewis, Steven Bentley, and more.

ARTIST BIO

Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara is a jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.

Since 1992, Crosara has produced 6 jazz albums internationally. His album "Colors" received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine.

Francesco's mother, Lilian Terry, was one of Europe's foremost jazz vocalists across four decades. Also a TV/radio personality, and educator in Italy, she recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, and with Tommy Flanagan, and co-founded the Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music in Bassano, Italy. Lilian's memoirs, "Dizzy, Duke, Brother Ray, and Friends", (2017- University of Illinois Press) received a highly positive review from Downbeat magazine and others.

EDUCATION & INFLUENCES

Francesco studied Classical piano & Theory at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, followed by private studies in Jazz Harmony, Composition and Improvisation in Italy. In 1981 he attended USC in Los Angeles where he was a permanent member of the USC jazz big band. Main influences have been family friends Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

Seattle 2017 to current – Currently performing in different configurations, primarily as jazz piano trio format, featuring top musicians from the Pacific Northwest. Selected as featured band in the July 2019 series Jazz: The Second Century, sponsored by Earshot Jazz in Seattle.

Hawaii 2014 - Piano/vibraphone duet and recording live at KHPR National Public Radio, Honolulu. Featuring vibraphonist Noel Okimoto. World premiere perfomance of Francesco's original composition "Harmony Suite".

Italy 2011 - Benefit piano trio concert and recording sponsored by the Associazione HDmenti in Valdagno (Vicenza). Featuring drummer Mauro Beggio and bassist Edu Hebling.

Japan 2009 - Second Japan tour in September 2009 for a series of performances in Kyoto and Osaka, including participation in the Kansai Music Conference Showcase. Francesco featured music from his new CD release “KURAMA”, recorded live in Japan in October 2008. He was joined by a fine group of musicians from Kansai, including Yasushi Gonjo on acoustic bass, Larry Marshall on drums and Eric Weigmann on percussion and drums.

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"A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans."
John Janowiak, Down Beat Magazine

"... the kind of sensitive swing seldom heard since Bill Evans. [...] Crosara's [...] rubato meanderings [...] are precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic daring."
Harvey Siders, JazzTimes Magazine

"The piano echoes notes like twinkling stars, beauty surrounded by silence. [...] you'll dance through your tears and love the loneliness, I did.
John Barrett Jr, JazzImprov Magazine

"Francesco Crosara proves he is a pianist with expert chops and broad interests. [...] Crosara has an awareness of world music but a firm grounding in the modern jazz vernacular

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

CONCERTO

Crosara Creative (Italian import)
2011

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KURAMA

Crosara Creative
2009

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NOTES

Crosara Creative
2008

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EMOTIONS

TCB Music
2003

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COLORS

Southport Records
1999

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ENERGY

Power Wave Records
1992

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