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Francesco Cafiso

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 musicians. 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 Batiste. 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 American musicians. 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

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Mauro Schiavone Trio: Pixel

Read "Pixel" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco in trio, su composizioni originali, del quarantatreenne pianista siciliano Mauro Schiavone, collaboratore stabile di Francesco Cafiso e dalla solida formazione classica. Il lavoro è nel solco della tradizione del piano trio, tutto su composizioni originali (con la sola esclusione della conclusiva ”Isfahan”, di Duke Ellington), con una prevalenza di brani veloci e caratterizzati ritmicamente, alternati ...

Francesco Cosa & The Assassins meets Duccio Bertini

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Spades-Picche; The Act Of Killing Music; Clubs-Fiori; Dr. Akagi; Interludio; Diamonds-Quadri; Kirtimukha; Elegia.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Il quartetto di Jazzmeia Horn e il 9et di Francesco Cafiso a Padova Jazz

Read "Il quartetto di Jazzmeia Horn e il 9et di Francesco Cafiso a Padova Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Jazzmeia Horn Quartet / Francesco Cafiso Nonet Padova Jazz 2018 Teatro Verdi 23-11-2018 Giunto alla fase conclusiva, il ricco e variegato cartellone di Padova Jazz 2018, ha presentato il 23 novembre al Teatro Verdi il quartetto della cantante Jazzmeia Horn e il medio organico di Francesco Cafiso. Come ...

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Dino Rubino: Roaming Heart

Read "Roaming Heart" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

C'è una crescente e perniciosa tendenza nel jazz italiano, specie in quello “giovane," ed è quella di incedere nello scavo intimo, nella ricerca delle “belle note," nell'evocazione di sentimenti, raccogliendo e reinterpretando suggestioni di antiche composizioni poco in uso, oppure lavorando su materiale originale. Talvolta queste operazioni riescono, ma più spesso si rivelano una trappola mortale, ...

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Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani

Read "Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani XIX edizione Camerino 04-06.06.2015 Il cuore dell'Italia, nella città marchigiana di Camerino, ricorda ogni anno Massimo Urbani con il Premio a lui dedicato, rivolto ai giovani solisti di tutta la Penisola meritevoli di considerazione e supporto. Premio prestigioso, che nel corso degli anni passati ha ...

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Umbria Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz Festival 2014 Perugia, Italy July 11-20, 2014 There are many jazz festivals held in beautiful places. There are many festivals that run for 10 or more days and consistently offer first-rate programs. There are even a few that claim a history as long as 41 years. But there is ...

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Umbria Jazz 14 - Fra spettacolo e buon jazz

Read "Umbria Jazz 14 - Fra spettacolo e buon jazz" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 14 Perugia, varie sedi 11-20.07.2014 Lo spettacolo “Divertimentificio," “Industria del divertimento": orribili neologismi, coniati anni orsono poi caduti in disuso, per denotare una delle vocazioni trainanti dei centri balneari della costa romagnola. Anche Umbria Jazz, per buona parte della sua programmazione, è tesa a creare divertimento ...

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The Passion of Lorenzo Tucci

Read "The Passion of Lorenzo Tucci" reviewed by Robin Arends

Drummer Lorenzo Tucci is an important part of the thriving Italian jazz scene and a musician drawn to experimental settings. He recorded Drumonk (Veneto Jazz, 2007) his tribute to Thelonious Monk without piano, and a piano-trio album, Tranety (Albore Jazz, 2010), dedicated to John Coltrane without a saxophonist. In the 1990s Tucci started his professional carreer ...

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Giovanni Mazzarino Latin Sextet: Retrato

Read "Retrato" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

There's something very appealing for me in Giovanni Mazzarino's piano style, as well as his way of thinking. Hailing from Sicily-- whose greatness in history and culture is equal only to the amount of problems it finds itself up against--like his famous namesake, the scheming Cardinal, the schemes he's scheming and the dreams he's dreaming seems ...


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