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,
Achille Succi, Marco Tamburini, Eric Daniels, Italian Big Band,
He has been directed by the conductors Nicola Samale,
Marco Frisina, Giuseppe
He has played with the following orchestras: Savona
Orchestra , La Spezia Orchestra,
Italian-Rumenian Youth Orchestra, Orchestra della Magna