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Norberto Tamburrino

Norberto Tamburrino, Italian pianist/composer was the winner at Akademia of Music Awards in Los Angeles of The 2021 Rising Star Awaed and 2020 Artist Vision Award “for exceptional talent, originality and vision in the field of music”. In 2019 he also received the 2019 Akademia Executive Award “for outstanding creativity, artistry and professional achievement in the field of music”and in August 2018 he also won as best composition Award for his song “A Breath on Wings” from his second Album “Prigioniero del Mare-Prisoner of the Sea”, realized in 2007 for Arabesque Records. He produced 8 own albums and more than 70 original compositions released by famous labels in USA and Europe (Splasc(h), Arabesque, Philology, Art Notes). Thanks for the Riff released in 2011 was recommended by 3 important Italian jazz magazines (Musica Jazz, online-jazz.net, AllAboutJazz Italy). The piano Solo recording “Ascoltabile Piano & Atmospheres” on january 2010 was at Top 40 Charts in 35 Countries.

He was born in Taranto (Italy) in 1964 and begun since ninth to play organ, when he was 13th privately studied classic organ for 3 years and then he took to play classic studies on piano under the direction of M° Anna Serafino (2 years). Since 1982 he studies jazz piano attending Stages and Workshops with : Enrico Pieranunzi, Giorgio Gaslini, Bob Mover, Franco D’andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Claudio Fasoli, George Cables, and in New York attended lessons and workshops with Richard Clements, Jimmy Vass, Frank Hewitt, Gilbert Coggins, Barry Harris and others. In 1994 he attended “C P M Siena Jazz” Academic year with pianists Danilo Rea and Stefano Battaglia and Musica d’insieme class with the trumpeter Marco Tamburini. From 1999 He begun his professional activity since 1989 hosting alittle Jazz Club in Taranto playing and planning concerts for 9 years.

From 2001 He performed for Italian Government and Culture Council engagments and in many concerts in Europe and USA with Joseph Lepore, Fabio Morgera, Bruce Cox, J. D. Allen, Billy Kaye, Roberto Ottaviano, ;ike Rubini, Felice Mezzina, Giuseppe Bassi, Michel Carrabba, Gianlivio Liberti, Roberto Spagnolo, Pino Clementi, Marco Bardoscia, Davide Pettirossi, Pierluigi Balducci, Alessandro Patti, Vito Laforgia, Luca Manno, Mimmo Campanale, and many others. CRITICS SAID: " ...Tamburrino occupies the same rhythmic sensibility as Monk ; playing alone, he moves around the piano with just those pensive, eccentric footsteps, clatters, trips..” -Prigioniero del Mare by Jay Deshpande, All About J...azz-March 2009 "..Norberto projects true love for jazz music through his playing and has the right touch for jazz piano.."- Richard Henry on Worldwide Jazz-January 2011

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Norberto Tamburrino: Lovely Tunes

Read "Lovely Tunes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Italian-born pianist and composer Norberto Tamburrino has always had an affinity for a primarily solo performance. Two prior albums, Deco (Splasc(h) Records, 2006) and Prisoner of the Sea (Arabesque Records, 2007), were half or mostly solo sets, while Ascoltabile Piano & Atmosphere (Art Notes Records, 2010) is an entirely solo performance of original modern compositions. With Lovely Tunes Tamburrino sticks to this successful formula playing solo for half of the album and sharing the music with bassist Francesco Mariella on ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Solo and Ensemble

Read "Norberto Tamburrino: Solo and Ensemble" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Norberto Tamburrino is based in the sunny climes of southern Italy, but his jazz influences come for the most part from the thriving US scene of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He's happy to credit Bud Powell, Hank Jones, Lennie Tristano and Art Tatum as influences, but above all it's the influence of Thelonious Monk that comes across most clearly in Tamburrino's playing. Indeed, his 2009 album Reflection(s) On Monk (Philology Jazz) was clearly influenced by, as well as ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Reflection(s) On Monk

Read "Reflection(s) On Monk" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Reflection(s) On Monk took over four years to record: five tracks were recorded in Italy between August, 2004 and March, 2008 and four in New York in November, 2008. The result is a well-crafted album, featuring some excellent playing from pianist Norberto Tamburrino and the other musicians. The opening “The Room of Illumination" works its way through a series of musical styles, each clearly differentiated from the other by drummer Bruce Cox's changing patterns. The introductory slow ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea

Read "Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

On his sophomore effort Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea, Italian pianist Norberto Tamburrino continues to chart his course through a host of original compositions. Although he tests the waters with more trio arrangements than on his preceding album, Deco (Splasc(H), 2006), his greatest strength continues to lie in his solo work. The album opens with original songs--two takes of the title track with J.D. Allen on tenor, and four other compositions set for trio. ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Deco

Read "Deco" reviewed by John Barron

Italian pianist Norberto Tamburrino performs a mostly-solo set of his own compositions on Deco; a heartfelt representation of the pianist's passion for swinging, lyrical jazz. Tamburrino's piano playing, heavily influenced by Thelonious Monk, is ripe with percussive clatter and arpeggiated flourishes. Indeed, the inclusion of Monk's overlooked ballad “We See" demonstrates Tamburrino's thorough understanding of the familiar nuances associated with the late pianist. The opening title track, a duet with trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and Horace Silver's “A Lonely ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea

Read "Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quattro brani in trio, due in quartetto con sax, sei in solo al pianoforte, altrettanti mood e ambientazioni sonore, e differenti risultati artistici. E' questo il milieu del disco d'esordio per la prestigiosa Arabesque Records, di Norberto Tamburrino, pianista nato a Taranto, dalle numerosi frequentazioni newyorchesi.I due brani con il sax di J.D. Allen rimandano direttamente a fumose nottate in locali come Minton, Five Spot, Birdland, quando i predicatori del verbo bebop si concedevano una qualche rilassatezza, smussavano ...

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"...questo e' un cd compatto. E ascoltarlo e' un vero piacere per le orecchie." Thanks for the Riff, Giuseppe Piacentino, Musica Jazz, Italy 9/ 2011

"..He makes the most out of the versatility of the piano. His jazz harmony and improvised runs work together perfectly. Ascoltabile Piano & Atmospheres is a must listen for jazz fans.." Richard Henry, WorldWide Jazz- January 2011

"..Tamburrino occupies the same rhythmic sensibility as Monk; playing alone, he moves around the piano with just those pensive, eccentric footsteps, clatters, trips.." Jay Deshpande, All About Jazz-

"..Tamburrino's Monkery shine broadly in unreconstructed rag and stride motifs and genial, spiky liricism.." Fred Bouchard, All About Jazz NY-July 2009

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Subconscious Falls

Art Notes Records


Lovely Tunes

Art Notes Records


Thanks For The Riff

Art Notes Records


Revelations from The...

Art Notes Records


Ascoltabile Piano &...

Art Notes Records


Lockdown Fragility

From: Messages From A Lost World
By Norberto Tamburrino

Reflection(s) On Monk

From: Reflection(s) On Monk
By Norberto Tamburrino

The Son(g)IsBorn

From: Revelations from The Sky
By Norberto Tamburrino

Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea

From: Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner...
By Norberto Tamburrino



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