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Gianfranco Menzella

Born in Matera in 1978, Gianfranco Menzella gained the degree in saxophone in 2000 at the Conservatory "E.Duni" in Matera, with Maestro Vito Soranno , getting the highest marks with honors. In 2004 he also gained the degree in jazz music at the Conservatory "T.Schipa" in Lecce, with Maestro Luigi Bubbico. He has taken part in several national and international contests, getting nine first prizes and three second prizes. He has played with:  Steve Grossman, Fabrizio Bosso, Randy Brecker, Mike Rosen, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Kennedy, Kenny Werner, Eddie Henderson, John Allred, Duffy Jackson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Alfonso Deidda, Franco D’Andrea, Roy Paci, Mike Supnick, Ada Rovatti, Rosario Giuliani, Enrico Intra, Tommaso Scannapieco, Achille Succi, Marco Tamburini, Eric Daniels, Italian Big Band, Francesca Tourè.. He has been directed by the conductors Nicola Samale, Marco Frisina, Giuseppe Garbarino. He has played with the following orchestras: Savona Orchestra , La Spezia Orchestra, Italian-Rumenian Youth  Orchestra, Orchestra della Magna Grecia


Gianfranco Menzella: Miriam

Read "Miriam" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Chi ama l'hard bop di fine anni cinquanta, caratterizzato da temi incisivi e ricchi di groove, che lasciano ampia libertà ai solisti, apprezzerà questo disco prodotto dalla Philology di Paolo Piangiarelli. Il leader è Gianfranco Menzella, trentaduenne sassofonista di Matera, che debutta a capo di un quartetto affiatato e coeso, aperto per l'occasione al contributo di ...


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