One of the most precocious talents in the history of jazz. When he was barely
nine years old Francesco took his first steps, working with internationally famous
Meeting Wynton Marsalis in Pescara at the jazz Festival held on July 2002 was a
decisive moment for Francesco’s career.
Amazed by Francesco’s qualities, Marsalis took him along with his septet on his
European tour 2003, where Francesco performed in prestigious theatres in the
largest cities in Europe.
From that moment on, Francesco went through a series of important experiences
both in Italy and abroad.
He won various important prizes: the Massimo Urbani National Award in
Urbisaglia, the EuroJazz Award in Lecco, the International Jazz Festivals
Organization Award in New York, the World Saxophone Competition in London,
the Django d’Or in Rome and many others.
In order to improve his English, but most of all, in order to experience new
musical styles and genres, Francesco went to New Orleans where he played with
Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Thadeus Richard, Bob Franch, Maurice Brown and
many other important local musicians while taking special lessons from Alvin
In 2004, he participated as a special guest in the Sanremo Music Festival.
In 2005 the Swing Journal, the authoritative Japanese jazz music magazine,
confers him the New
Stars Award, prize reserved to the emergent foreign talents.
Immediately after, the affirmation in the Top Jazz, referendum of the Italian
Music Jazz magazine, that recognizes him as the best new talent of the year.
Francesco has performed with world famous musicians: Hank Jones, Dave
Brubeck, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Jonathan Batiste, Ronnie Matthews,
Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Ray Drummond,
Reggie Johnson, Doug Sides Lewis Nash, James Williams, Joe Lovano, George
Mraz, Joe Locke, Kenny Wheeler, Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Dado Moroni,
Franco D’Andrea, Franco Cerri Stefano Bollani and many other Italian and
In February 2006 Francesco achieved the Diploma in Transverse Flute at the
Musical Institute Vincenzo Bellini in Catania.
Since 2008 he has been Artistic director of the “Vittoria Jazz Festival” in Vittoria
his native city.
On January 19, 2009 he played in Washington DC during the celebrations in
honor of President Barak Obama and Martin Luther King Jr