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International jazz pianist and composer Roberto Magris (b. 1959) from Trieste, Italy, has over 37 recordings to his credit and has toured in over 42 different countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia, performing at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world. Since 2006, Magris has mainly focused his musical interests in the USA by becoming the leading recording artist and musical director of JMood Records, the Kansas City jazz label, releasing 21 CDs under his name (“Suite!”, “Shuffling Ivories”, “Sun Stone”, "Duo & Trio", “World Gardens”, “Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery”, which was chosen by Down Beat magazine as one of the best recordings of 2018, “Enigmatix”, “Aliens in a bebop planet” and “Morgan Rewind”, among the others). In the USA, Magris has performed in Los Angeles (The Jazz Bakery and Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood), Kansas City (The Blue Room), Miami (WDNA Jazz Gallery, FIU Music Festival at Wertheim Performing Arts Center), Chicago (The Jazz Showcase), Milwaukee (The Jazz Estate), St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines and Ft. Lauderdale. In 2007 he was honored by the City Council of Kansas City for his contribution to jazz music and performance at the American Jazz Museum. In Europe, Magris has performed at festivals and jazz clubs with the MUH Trio (Roberto Magris/ František Uhlíř/Jaromir Helešic Trio), which has its base in Prague and has recorded the albums “Prague After Dark” and “A Step Into Light”. Throughout his career, Magris has performed and recorded with a who’s who list of jazz legends and outstanding musicians, including Art Davis (bassist for John Coltrane), Herb Geller, Albert Tootie Heath, Idris Muhammad, Ira Sullivan, Sam Reed, Brian Lynch, Tony Lakatos, Mark Colby, Eric Hochberg, Chuck Bergeron, Paul Carr, Philip Catherine, Franco Ambrosetti, Bill Molenhof, Janusz Muniak, Bosko Petrovic, Kai Winding, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Sal Nistico, and with a bunch of rising stars such as Hermon Mehari, Logan Richardson, Kendall Moore, Brandon Lee, Eric Jacobson, Shareef Clayton, Jim Mair, Matt Otto, Elisa Pruett, Peter Schlamb, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Alfredo Chacon, Rodolfo Zuniga, Pablo Sanhueza a.o.. During his career, Magris has also directed the Europlane Orchestra (a central-European jazz venture sponsored by INCE-Central European Initiative), the Gruppo Jazz Marca, the acid-jazz bands Dma Urban Jazz Funk and Alfabeats Nu Jazz, and his Italian quartet, also recording 3 CDs issued by the renowned Italian jazz label Soulnote and one issued by Velut Luna, entitled “Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona plays the music of Roberto Magris/Restless Spirits”. Over the years, Magris’ interviews and CD reviews have been published in the main international jazz magazines, books and websites such as Down Beat, Jazz Hot, JazzTimes, Cadence, All About Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, Jazzwax, Rifftides, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Jazz Inside, Jazziz, Jazz Journal UK, Jazz Podium, Concerto, Jazzwise, Orkester Journalen, Jazzrytmit, Jazzflits, Jazzmozaiek, Jazz’Halo, Doctor Jazz, World Music Report, Salt Peanuts, The Walker’s, Jazz Life, Disk Union, Jazz Magazine, Musica Jazz, Jazzit, Music Magazine, The Jazz Stories Project and many others.


Roberto Magris Duo & Trio

Label: JMood Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cool World!; Bellarosa; Some Other Time; Melody for "C"; Papa's Got a Brand New Rag; Cherokee; Old Folks; Samba Rasta; In the Springtime of My Soul; A Rhyme for Angela; Blues for Herbie "G".


Duo & Trio

Label: JMood Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cool World! (Magris); Bellarosa (Elmo Hope); Some Other Time (Bernstein); Melody For "C" (Sonny Clark); Papa's Got A Brand New Rag (Magris); Cherokee (Noble); Old Folks (Shuman); Samba Rasta (Andrew Hill); In The Springtime Of My Soul (Magris); A Rhyme For Angela (Kurt Weill); Blues For Herbie "G" (Magris)

News: Recording

Roberto Magris: Duo & Trio

Roberto Magris: Duo & Trio

I've known Roberto Magris for many years, dating back to the early days of this blog. In fact, I interviewed him in 2008. The Italian jazz pianist is enormously gifted as a player and composer. I love his feel. He swings, and his playing is always hip and breathtakingly beautiful. Now he's out with an album ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brandee Younger, Art Farmer, and Bill Bruford

Read "Brandee Younger, Art Farmer, and Bill Bruford" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show includes saxophonists, spiritual jazz and jazz-rock. Artists heard on the show include Brandee Younger, Joe Lovano, Bill Bruford, Roxy Coss, and David Virelles. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Roxy Coss “Ely, MN" ...


News: Recording

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris' 'Duo & Trio' Featuring Saxophonist Mark Colby

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris' 'Duo & Trio' Featuring Saxophonist Mark Colby

“I enjoy a good wine, says Paul Collins of JMood Records. Whenever I have a chance to attend a wine tasting, I look forward to the sommelier explaining various aspects of the wine. Things such as, the grape, the region, the vineyard and owners, the aging process, hints added, what to pair it with and lastly, ...


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abe Goldstien

Read "Meet Abe Goldstien" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

You can have your “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines"—we're putting our money on our latest jazz Super Fan from Des Moines. Former adman Abe Goldstien lists his passions as his wife, his two children, and jazz. Retired though he may be, Abe doesn't show any signs of slowing down, keeping up a busy schedule volunteering for ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others

Read "Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show has jazz musicians interpreting a wide variety of rock and pop songs. There is Charles Lloyd playing Bob Dylan, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra playing David Bowie and much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Good Vibes

Read "Good Vibes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Vibraphone players have never been as plentiful in jazz as trumpeters or saxophonists but there have been several notable ones over the years, going from Red Norvo and Milt Jackson in the past to Joel Ross and Patricia Brennan today. Here are a pair of recent albums that feature other active vibes players. Roberto ...


Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: MatchPoint

Read "MatchPoint" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Registrato prima della pandemia e pubblicato lo scorso dicembre, il nuovo album del pianista triestino nasce in uno dei suoi soggiorni statunitensi. Com'è noto Roberto Magris pubblica dal 2007 con l'etichetta di Kansas City JMood Records e, come già successo col disco Live in Miami comprendente Brian Lynch, uno dei suoi “approdi" è la metropoli della ...


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