• Enzo Pietropaoli
    double bass

    Born in Genova september 29 1955.
    In 1961 he moves to Rome and debuts professionally in 1975 with "Trio Di Roma" (Danilo Rea and Roberto Gatto).

    He has played and recorded with:
    Franco Ambrosetti, Chet Baker, Flavio Boltro, Lester Bowie, Art Farmer, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Oscar Valdambrini, Fabrizio Bosso, Woody Shaw, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Maurizio Giammarco, Rosario Giuliani, Johnny Griffin, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Gabriele Mirabassi, Sal Nistico, Archie Shepp, Pietro Tonolo, Gianluigi Trovesi, Massimo Urbani, Javier Girotto, Phil Woods, Mark Turner, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Knepper, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Piana, Toots Thielemans, Gianni Coscia, Richard Galliano, Brian Auger, Stefano Bollani, Ray Bryant, George Gruntz, Evan Lurie, Rita Marcotulli, Horace Parlan, Enrico Pieranunzi, Danilo Rea, Franco D'Andrea, Ben Sidran, Cedar Walton, Kenny Werner, John Taylor. Bobby Hutcherson, Jay Clayton, Maria Pia De Vito, Norma Winstone, Gianmaria Testa, Eduardo De Crescenzo, John Abercrombie, Roberto Ciotti, Christian Escoudè, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, John Scofield, Ginger Baker, Han Bennink, Kenny Clarke, Billy Cobham, Roberto Gatto, Daniel Humair, Alvin Queen, Bob Moses, Fabrizio Sferra...

    Since 2012 he is the rhythmic motor, together with Marcello Di Leonardo of the Essenze jazz project, in which Eduardo De Crescenzo traces his repertoire also through the musical experiences that have determined his style, almost a biography in notes, an original musical format that is receiving great acclaim from the public and critics. Essenze jazz concert was presented: at the Blue Note in Milan; at the Casa del Jazz in Rome; at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.; at the Ravello Festival, Villa Rufolo; at Umbria Jazz, Teatro Morlacchi...
    Essenze jazz will be on tour in the 2018-2019 theatrical season.

    Awards:
    1987 Musica Jazz magazine – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - "Lingomania" (M.Giammarco/D.Rea/U.Fiorentino/R.Gatto)
    1988 Guitar Club – I Vostri Preferiti "Best Italian Group" - "Lingomania"
    1988 Guitar Club – I Vostri Preferiti "Best jazz bassist"
    1988 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - "Space Jazz Trio (E.Pieranunzi/F.Sferra)
    1989 Guitar Club – I Vostri Preferiti "Best Italian Group" - "Lingomania"
    1989 Guitar Club – I Vostri Preferiti "Best jazz bassist"
    1989 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - "Space Jazz Trio"
    1990 Guitar Club – I Vostri Preferiti "Best jazz bassist"
    1998 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "best italian album " Doctor 3 – "The Tales Of Doctor3"
    1999 Musica & Dischi "best Italian jazz record" - Doctor 3 (The Songs Remain The Same)
    1999 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - Doctor 3
    1999 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "best italian album" Sade Of Chet (E.Rava-P.Fresu Quintet con S.Bollani/R.Gatto)
    2001 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - Doctor 3
    2003 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - Doctor 3
    2011 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Instrumentalist of the Year / Bass"
    2013 Musica Jazz – Top Jazz "Best Italian Group" - Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet

    He is mentioned on "Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz" by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

    He took part in many international events in:
    Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Great Britain, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Russia, Serbia, Canada, USA, New Caledonia, Brazil, Israel, China , India, Qatar, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Syria...

    His discography can count on about 100 albums.

    As a band leader he recorded ten CD:
    YATRA vol.3 (JandoMusic e VVJ 2015) – SOLO contrabbasso solo (fonè 2015) - YATRA vol. 2 (JandoMusic / VVj 2013) – YATRA (JandoMusic / VVJ 2011 ) - NOTA DI BASSO (Sljc  2008) - URBAN WALTZ (Vvj 2000) - STOLEN SONGS (Splasc(h) 1995) - TO... (Sentemo 1992) - ORANGE PARK (Gala Record 1989).

    Videografia:
    Doctor 3 "Live to "Casa Del Jazz" dvd Moovy Video Production
    Francesco Bruno Ensemble " Le Parole Altre"
    Il lungo viaggio di Tiziano Terzani dvd L'Espresso
    "Rava l'opéra va – Concerto all'Olimpico" vhs Totem
    "Enrico Rava Live In Montreal" dvd Universal
    "Guarda Che Luna !" dvd Radiofandango
    (con E.Rava, S.Bollani, Banda Osiris, P.Ponzo, G.M. Testa)
    It is also present in the didactic videos for drums by Roberto Gatto (Batteria ! vol. 1 e vol. 2) and Billy Cobham (Drums by design).

    As a solo session-man he participated in the recording of numerous soundtracks:
    Piccolo Diavolo, Johnny Stecchino, Il Mostro (R. Benigni / E. Lurie)
    Verso Sera, Il Grande Cocomero, Con Gli Occhi Chiusi, L'Albero Delle Pere, Domani (F. Archibugi / B. Lena)
    Ferie d'Agosto, Ovo Sodo (P. Virzì / B. Lena)
    Gente Di Roma (E.Scola / A.Trovajoli)
    Go go Tales (A.Ferrara / F.Cuipers)
    Piano Solo (R.Milani / L.Marchitelli)
    Aspettando il sole (A.Panini / N.Tescari)
    La rivincita di Natale (P. Avati / R.Ortolani)
    Basilicata Coast To Coast (R.Papaleo / R.Marcotulli)
    La Grande Bellezza (P.Sorrentino / L.Marchitelli)
    In 2012 he composed the soundtrack for the film Appartamento Ad Atene (R.Dipaola)

  • Marcello Di Leonardo
    drums

    Born in Pescara (Italy) in 1969. In 1992, after classical training and many jazz workshops, he moved to Rome. Here he had his early experiences with world-renowned musicians such as Tony Scott, Massimo Urbani, Benny Golson, Jon Faddis. Later he started an intense musical activity in Spain and Portugal where he had the opportunity to play and record with Rick Margitza, Phil Markowitz, Bill Pierce, and Ed Neumeister, Steve Slagle. In 1996 he joined the quartet of Maria Pia De Vito with Enzo Pietropaoli and Danilo Rea (Rita Marcotulli the following year). At the same time the enduring partnership with Battista Lena commited him to the "Banda Sonora", "Mille Corde", "I Cosmonauti Russi" projects together with Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Coscia and Gabriele Mirabassi (Umbria Jazz '97 , Odeon Theater Paris '98, Beijing and Shangai Jazz Festival '98). Always with Lena he collaborated in the production of several soundtracks for films by Francesca Archibugi and Paolo Virzì. In 2000 he became the drummer of the Enrico Pieranunzi trio who on several occasions hosted Marc Johnson (bass). With the roman pianist he also joined the "Evans Remembered", "Sgt. Pepper and Mr. Miles"(Roccella Jonica 2000) and "Fellini Jazz" projects. In the latter project he replaces Paul Motian in a tour alongside trumpeter Bert Joris, saxophonist Tony Malaby and Marc Johnson (Auditorium Parco Della Musica Roma 2003). In 2001 he played with the guitarists Mundell Lowe, John Pisano and Philip Catherine at Jazz'n Fall Festival in Pescara. With the quartet of the saxophonist Rosario Giuliani he carried out an intense activity in France as a result of a record deal with the Dreyfus Jazz label and performed at the major international festivals like Jazz in Vienne, JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Amphijazz de Lyon, Dinant Jazz Nights, Jazz Des Cinq Continents (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), London Jazz Festival, Ankara Jazz Festival, Audi Jazz Festival (Germany). He also participated at the "Italian Jazz in New York" festival in the historic Smoke club. This quartet occasionally hosted some world famous artists such as Joe Locke, Philip Catherine, Bob Mintzer (Jazz & Image 2002, Rome). From 2004 for three consecutive years he has been involved in the television show "Il senso della vita" conducted by Paolo Bonolis with the band of Stefano Di Battista. With the latter he played in two musicals with Alessandro Preziosi, "Datemi tre caravelle" (Teatro Antico di Taormina) and "Il ponte" (Auditorium della Conciliazione of Rome, Teatro Municipale Cilea ​​Reggio Calabria, Auditorium della Guardia di Finanza de L'Aquila). He played with Ivan Lins at Umbria Jazz and Veneto Jazz in 2004 and with Enrico Rava at the Milano Jazzin 'Festival. In 2013 with Rosario Giuliani, Fabrizio Bosso and Enzo Pietropaoli set up "The Golden Circle", based on the music of Ornette Coleman (Qatar Jazz Festival 2016, Umbria Jazz 2016). He recorded three albums for the Cam Jazz with the pianist Claudio Filippini beside Luca Bulgarelli on bass. In 2016 the trio performed in Tokyo at the Italian Institute of Culture and at the Delhi Jazz Festival. In 2014 he was involved in the project "The Beat goes on" by Elisabetta Antonini with Francesco Bearzatti, Luca Mannutza and Paolino Dalla Porta. Among other collaborations to remember, those with Ben Allison, Riccardo Del Fra, Robin Eubanks. He has recorded over 40 CDs. He currently teaches jazz drums at the "L. Campiani" Conservatory in Mantua.
    Collaborates with Eduardo De Crescenzo from 2012 to the Essenze jazz project, touring theaters in the 2018-2019 season.

  • Stefano Sabatini
    piano

    Stefano Sabatini is a refined talented pianist and an inspired composer. He made his first appearance in the Italian Jazz scenario with his own group "Kaleidon" and continued asserting himself by contributing his mastery to innumerable performances with Tony Scott, Massimo Urbani e Maurizio Giammarco. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles where he achieved a degree in Composition and Arrangement at the Dick Grove School of Music. During the time in California, he recorded an album to his own name in which he played, among others, with Chester Thompson, the renowned drummer with Weather Report and Frank Zappa.
    After six years spent in the United States, he returned to Rome where he joined Lingomania's first line-up along with Maurizio Giammarco, Flavio Boltro, Furio di Castri, and Roberto Gatto. The group was voted "Best of the Year" by Music Jazz magazine and was awarded the "Radio Uno sera jazz". He also was part of groups led by such artists as Massimo Urbani, Giovanni Tommaso, and Tullio De Piscopo. He played with international artists Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Gary Bartz, Billie Cobham, Chet Baker, Bob Mintzer, Sal Nistico, Rick Margitza, Sonny Fortune, George Garzone, Ronnie Cuber, Miroslav Vitous, Alex Sipiagin; and Italian artists Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giuliani, Gianni Basso, Daniele Scannapieco, Dino e Franco Piana, Giovanni Amato, Stefano D'Anna.
    Many have been the national and international festivals he took part to: Paris Jazz Festival, Nuremberg NUEJAZZ, Umbria Jazz, Verona Festival, Atina Jazz, Villa Celimontana Jazz & Image Festival...
    His own discography as a leader is made of the following seven recordings: "Sabatini", "Memories", "Wonderland", "Waiting" "Dreams", "Melodies ", and the last "Heart and Soul" released in 2013 for Alfa Music.
    In Pop Music he worked with Sergio Caputo, Tony Esposito, Mia Martini, Edoardo Bennato, Fabio Concato, Tullio de Piscopo...
    Currently, he is holding a tenure at Rome Saint Louis Music Center as teacher of Piano, Harmony and Improvvisation, and is also touring in a trio format with bass player Dario Rosciglione and drummer Pietro Iodice.
    He is pianist and arranger for jazz singer Cinzia Tedesco with whom he worked on two acclaimed Jazz revisitation projects: "Like a Bob Dylan", dedicated to the singer-songwriter's most famous songs; "Verdi's Mood", a tribute to the great composer's most beautiful arias, released by Sony Classics in 2016 and currently included in the programs of Italy's most important shows and festivals.
    Since 1983 Stefano Sabatini has been Eduardo De Crescenzo's music partner with whom he produced "Essenze Jazz" as pianist and arranger. "Essenze Jazz" is De Crescenzo's artistic statement of a newly conceived music format, a sort of music biography running the whole artist's repertoire and the experiences of his that shaped his style over the years. "Essenze Jazz" was published by on EmArcy - Universal Classics & Jazz - A Division of Universal Music Italia and released in 2013. He premiered at Milan Blue Note and later performed at Rome Casa del Jazz, Naples renowned Teatro San Carlo, Ravello Festival, and Morlacchi Theater in the midst of Umbria Jazz Festival.
    Theatrical Tour 2018-2019

  • Daniele Scannapieco
    tenor and soprano saxophones

    He was born in Campagna, near Salerno, in 1970. An artist born into the profession because the musician son of a musician father, he grows in contact with the jazz environment, "campano" first , and then Italian and European.
    In 1990 he completed his classical studies and graduated in clarinet at the Music Conservatory of Salerno. In the same period he cooperates with Pietro Condorelli, Antonio Golino, Maria Pia De Vito, the Deidda brothers.
    In 1991 he moves to Rome , where he starts working together with Roberto Gatto, Stefano Sabatini, Stefano Di Battista, Giovanni Tommaso, Tony Scott, Umberto Fiorentino; Enzo Pietropaoli; Stefano Bollani, Fabrizio Bosso, Dino and Franco Piana, Flavio Boltro, Dado Moroni...
    A number of collaborations with foreign artists :Henri Salvador, Joe Lovano, Hilton Ruiz, Greg Hutchinson, Joe Locke, Ira Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater...

    Intense is his live activity : Daniele Scannapieco is present in the most important jazz programs of clubs and festivals, in Italy as well as abroad.
    From 2001 to 2004, on a world tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, he performs in the most prestigious theaters in the world.
    He is co-leader and founder – with Fabrizio Bosso – of the quintet "High Five 5et" (with Lorenzo Tucci, Tommaso Scannapieco and Luca Mannutza). With this group he has made two records in Italy : "Jazz for more" and "Jazz desire" (VVJ-EMI).
    He then makes three records with "High Five 5et"; for the prestigious Blue Note/EMI, one of them "live", at the Blue Note in Tokyo, titled "Live for Fun".
    In 2004, with the French label "Night and Day", he publishes the album titled with his name "Scannapieco", in which André Ceccarelli, Eric Legnini, Stefano Di Battista, Fabrizio Bosso will play.
    Then "Never more" comes, his second album as a leader, recorded with Greg Hutchinson, Ira Coleman, Dado Moroni, Fabrizio Bosso (VVJ-EMI).
    In 2008, with the album "Lifetime", he wins the "Italian Jazz Awards", in the section "best album".
    He contributes to important recordings with: Henri Salvador, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paco Sery, Roberto Gatto, Giovanni Tommaso (Apogeo) ...
    From 2000 to 2008 he collaborates with Nicola Conte. He has played in many of his records and in the main festivals in Europe.
    From 2006 to 2015 he collaborates with Mario Biondi, both in the recording studio and on tour.
    In 2003 he won the European award Django d'or for the "best joung" and the Positano award for "the best musician from Campania".

    As a significant representative of Italian jazz he has been repeatedly invited to concerts organized by Umbria Jazz in New York, in Puerto Rico and to the Melbourne Jazz Festival...
    He has played at the historic "Birdland" with Giovanni Tommaso's 4et. Then in China, with Roberto Gatto "Special 5et" ... Numerous are his concerts in Japan.
    In 2012 he begins collaborating with Eduardo De Crescenzo in the musical project "Essenze Jazz". He will be with him both in the recording room and on tour.
    For years, Scannapieco has been considered one of the great talents of Italian and European jazz, able to express articulated and complex musical concepts without ever losing contact with audience's emotion.
    He will be in concert with Eduardo De Crescenzo, with the project "Essenze jazz", in the theater season 2018-2019.

  • Lamberto Curtoni
    cello

    Lamberto Curtoni was born in Piacenza on 27th September 1987, in a family of musicians. He graduated with the maximum grades at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" in Turin, his adoptive town, and afterwards he studied with Giovanni Sollima improving his talent.

    As a soloist has performed in prestigious Hall and Festivals like: Festival "La Milanesiana" di Milano, Unione Musicale di Torino, Cervo Festival, Teatro Grande di Brescia, Viotti Festival di Vercelli, Monteverdi Tuscany Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Theatre Municipal di Bastia, Theatre National d'Algerie, Festival de Musiche de Conques in France. Nel 2014 e nel 2015: Teatro Massimo di Cagliari, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli...
    He has collaborated with: Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltic, Yuri Bashmet and Moscow Soloists, Gavin Bryars, Julius Berger, Diego Fasolis, Michael Gutmann, Andrea Dindo, Gabriele Baldocci...
    Alongside the soloist's career put beside the activity of composer.
    He collaborate with important ensemble : Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto...
    In November 2014 he made his debut in New York with 'Sensorium' a Ballet write for New York Coreographic Institute and dancer from New York City Ballet with a coreography by Matteo Levaggi.
    In the 2015/16's season the orchestra of Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan has commissioned 'Bersabea' a work for Orchestra based on 'Le città invisibili' of Italo Calvino.
    He constantly collaborates with Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Concita De Gregorio and many director and coreographer like: Valter Malosti, Federica Fracassi, Matteo Levaggi, for developing and combine his music with other arts.

    His repertoire's range is from ancienne music to contemporary works with particulary attention for historically informed performance.
    Franco Battiato invited him to perform his concerto 'Rinnovato Mistero' for cello, santur (ancient instrument from Persian tradition) and orchestra, with Arturo Toscanini Philarmonic Orchesta, during the Battiato's summer tour 2014.
    From 2012 he collaborate with Eduardo De Crescenzo for 'Essenze Jazz' and he will be with him in concert in the 2018/19's theather season.

    In the summer 2017 has made his debut in Ravello Festival his ballet 'Black Dust' commissioned and performed by Les Italiens de l'Opera de Paris.
    He his the composer of 'The Broken Key' of Louis Nero (Warner Music).
    In March 2018 he was invited to compose a work, "Ice Flower", for the Italian National Skating Championship which debuted during the final gala of the 2018 World Figure Skating Championship, broadcast worldwide.
    Most recently pubblication is his album 'Rinnovato Mistero' (label Egea).
    Has recorded for Universal, Stradivarius, Egea, Warner Music.
    His compositions are published by Casa Musicale Sonzogno in Milan.

  • Eduardo De Crescenzo composer, author, musician but above all voice, face, soul and story of a cosmopolitan Naples, is back to the essence.
    The lyrics, the melodies that have made think or dream several generations, are now reinterpreted by the sound of great jazz musicians according with his legendary voice. This is not about trying to embrace again a "label" pre-established. Eduardo is a "founder" of the breed: his studies, experiments, his talent - filtered by his extraordinary musical soul - simply become "the music of Eduardo De Crescenzo".
    Essenze Jazz was announced by Eduardo himself as his personal need to find the "essence" of a new feeling. A new approach with his music, the search of a "sound" that could represent him today.
    The result is original and personal: the taste of jazz, of the classical world that made up his personality since a very young age, the singer-songwriter on the pages where we recognize the human and artistic roots. An ideal format for its eclectic musical personality, always transverse to fashions, to the styles. A balance that is always hovering between the heart and the head can capture every kind of taste, educated in the reading of virtue but also those who are carried away by the instinctive thrill that its expressive power can give to their souls.
    Essenze jazz was previously shown in 2012: On April 24th at the Blue Note in Milan, on May 4th at the Casa del Jazz in Rome on June 11th and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. And then in 2013: on March 21st at the Teatro Sistina in Rome; on June 22nd at the Ravello Festival, Villa Rufolo; on July 7th at the Umbria Jazz, Theatre Morley; On August 30th in Ischia Jazz, Arena Negombo.
    It's a type of show that "pushes" you into a bated breath listening for not missing any of the talented and refined nuances that come from a stage strictly acoustic but also full of contagious passion.
    "Quando l'amore se ne va, Sarà così, Dove, La vita è questa vita, Dove c'è il mare, Naviganti"... join us unpublished but never distorted. The same mythical Ancora, L'Odore del mare, E la Musica va - which have also reached the top of an international popularity - shine with new light leaving no room for nostalgia. Thanks to a repertoire that "travelled" through time, or that has always carried within itself the blackness of the southern hemisphere and lends itself naturally to a model jazz's lovers. Thanks to that unique voice "that sounds": classical and old through the melodic passages, poetic and refined in the interpretations always contained and touching, black in the rhythm and the vocalizations scat, Andalusian or Arabic when powerful and husky hits the highest notes, or when - between the instruments tool - reveals the best of himelg over the impromptu execution.
    Wise "the plot" of the arrangements laid out by the same Eduardo and Stefano Sabatini - his co-worker since 1983. "Happy Marriage" with these great musicians who can share his music giving a personal track but always focused on keeping the original feeling of the execution rather than the technique of pre-established models. The improvisations and variations come from the stage as part of a coherent and consequential talk, always in tune with the emotion. Listening to them you can understand that Essenze Jazz, for Eduardo, is not only the title of a new work but the sign of an irreversible step, a kind of third career, the natural approach to all of his musical lives.
    Enzo Pietropaoli on the double-bass; Marcello Di Leonardo on the drums; Stefano Sabatini on piano; on the saxophone, Daniele Scannapieco e Sandro Deidda who shared the job over the previous days of the tour but who both played in the record; Lamberto Curtoni on the cello.
    A good musical page, talented, modern and engaging as it can be a classy (or classical) without time.

    2015 Essenze jazz Event: guest star Enrico Rava, Edmar Castaneda
    2018-2019 Theatrical Tour - Essenze Event Maria Pia De Vito

  • Enrico Rava
    trumpet

    ENRICO RAVA is undoubtedly the best known and most appreciated Italian jazz musician. Always engaged in the most diverse and stimulating experiences.
    He appeared on the jazz scene in the mid-sixties, quickly establishing himself as one of the most convincing soloists of European jazz.
    His human and artistic frankness puts him beyond any scheme and makes him a rigorous but careless musician of conventions.
    His immediately recognizable poetics, his lyrical and poignant sonority always supported by an amazing freshness of inspiration, stand out strongly in all his musical adventures. Among his numerous discography are the unmissable: Quartet (ECM 1978) "Rava l'opera Va" (Label Bleu 1993), "Easy Living" (ECM 2004), "Tati" (ECM 2005) e "The Words and the Days" (ECM 2007), "New York Days" (ECM 2009), "Tribe" (ECM 2218) e" On The Dance Floor " (ECM 2293).
    It is not difficult to use the superlatives to tell his musical adventure, so rich is his curriculum, so fascinating his musical world, so long the list of musicians with whom he collaborated, Italians, Europeans, Americans: Franco D'Andrea , Massimo Urbani, Stefano Bollani, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Archie Shepp, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair, Michel Petrucciani, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Saluzzi, Richard Gallliano, Martial Solal, Steve Lacy, Mark Tuner, John Scofield ... He has made tours and concerts in USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay ... He has participated in important Festivals: Montreal, Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Perugia, Antibes, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Rio and Sao Paulo, ...
      He was repeatedly voted best musician in the annual referendum of the magazine "Musica Jazz", also winning the categories "best group" and "best Italian record".
    Nominated "Knight of Arts and Letters" by the French Minister of Culture, in 2002 he also received the prestigious "Jazzpar Prize" in Copenhagen.
    In recent years he has appeared in the first places of the referendum of the American magazine Down Beat, in the section reserved for trumpet players, behind Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, and in the one reserved for the best groups, with the quintet called TRIBE. And it is the first time that an Italian formation is included in this ranking.
    In January 2004 he performed for a week in the prestigious Blue Note in New York, still repeating his success at Town Hall and then again at Birdland (2006, 2008, 2009,2012 and 2013).
    On 8 June 2011 for Feltrinelli Editore the book was published INCONTRI CON MUSICISTI STRAORDINARI La storia del mio jazz - The story of the last fifty years of jazz in the amused and funny words of one of the absolute protagonists of contemporary music.
    In July 2011 he was the protagonist of a European tour with a new big project "Tea for Three" along with three other extraordinary musicians such as Dave Douglas, Avisahi Cohen and Uri Caine.
    In October 2013 it was published for the editorial L'Espresso "Rava On The Road". Currently, in addition to his RAVA TRIBE (together with Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Gabriele Evangelista and Fabrizio Sferra) he likes to perform with the very recent quartet (with Francesco Diodati on guitar, Gabriele Evangelista on double bass and Enrico Morello on drums). With this new formation he recorded a new album "Wild Dance", released in September 2015 for the ECM.
    Rava New 4et was elected best group of 2015 according to the referendum of the magazine Musica Jazz.
    Several times a guest in a concert by Eduardo De Crescenzo in the Essenze jazz EVENT project: on 9 April 2015 in Naples, Teatro Palapartenope; 8 July 2015 in Modena, Giardini Ducali; 7 September 2015 in Ercolano, Villa Favorita; 15 February 2016 at Avellino, Teatro Gesualdo; 20 February 2016 in Rome, Parco della Musica ...
    "An encounter I had been thinking about for some time," says Eduardo. "Enrico Rava moves me, it's the trumpet that" sings. "His sound is an interpretation that takes precedence over any virtuosity. On the stage, even one note of his trumpet is able to tell me that at that moment we are living in the same emotional space ". While Rava says of him: "The world of Eduardo is like an enchanted garden, where the blues flowers blend with the moods of Naples giving life to an emotional and irresistible poetic song".

  • Edmar Castaneda
    harp

    Since arriving in the United States in 1994, Colombian-born harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda has forged his own distinctive path in music. He brings not only an unfamiliar instrument but a wholly original voice to jazz, branching out into a world of different styles and genres.
    His wide-ranging career has been remarkable for discovering a brilliant role for the harp in jazz, then continuing to innovate and spark creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations. His latest CD, Live in Montreal, features the latest in an ever-growing history of thrilling partnerships, an utterly unique duo with the electrifying Japanese pianist Hiromi.
    Live in Montreal follows four acclaimed albums as a leader, as well as collaborations with the likes of guitarist John Scofield, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassists Marcus Miller and John Patitucci, bandolinist Hamilton de Holanda, Brazilian pop and jazz great Ivan Lins, and Castaneda's mentor (Cuban-born saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera).
    He's also shared stages with iconic artists including Sting, Ricki Lee Jones, The Yellowjackets and Paco De Lucia.
    In addition to his innovative approach to the jazz tradition, he's written symphonic works for the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra, and chamber pieces for the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia.
    Born in 1978 in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, Castaneda took up the harp as a teenager to play the folkloric music of his homeland. He discovered jazz shortly after moving to New York City. 
    He was ushered into the jazz community by Paquito D'Rivera, who recognized Castaneda's passion and took the young harpist under his wing. D'Rivera has called him "an enormous talent… [Edmar] has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple."
    Since then, Castaneda has taken New York and the world stage.
    "The Colombian plays the harp like hardly anyone else on earth. His hands, seemingly powered by two different people, produce a totally unique, symphonic fullness of sound, a rapid-fire of chords, balance of melodic figures and drive, served with euphoric Latin American rhythms, and the improvisatory freedom of a trained jazz musician...captivating virtuosity, but in no way only virtuosity for its own sake."
    (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

    Edmar Castaneda was a guest of Eduardo De Crescenzo, in the Essenze jazz EVENT concert, on April 9th ​​2015, in Naples, Palapartenope Theater.

  • Maria Pia De Vito
    vocal

    Singer and composer.
    Begins her on-stage activity in 1976 as a singer and multiinstrumentalist in research groups committed to ethnic and classical music, mostly related to the Mediterranean, Balkan and south-American areas.
    Her research around singing and voice embraces various fields of action: the personal re-elaboration of the neapolitan music and culture through the practice of improvisation and the encounter with different cultures and music practices (the more recent, Brazilian music working with Guinga, Chico Buarque, Ivan Lins); free jazz and electronics, baroque music… the "song form" with no limitation of genre.

    Since the 80's she is active she is active in the jazz sphere, steadily collaborating with musicians such as: John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Chico Buarque, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Rita Marcotulli, Huw Warren, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, Norma Winstone, Steve Swallow, Jim Black, Ernst Rejiseger, Gianluigi Trovesi, Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli, Paolo Fresu, Cameron Brown, Ramamani Ramanujan, David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Area… Gigging with prominent: Joe Zawinul, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Miroslav Vitous, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Eliot Ziegmund, Cameron Brown, Steve Turre, Maria Joao, Monica Salmaso Ramamani Ramanujan, Art Ensemble of Chicago...
    Partecipate in the most important international festivals. She performed in prestigious theaters: the "La Fenice" theater in Venice, the "Teatro dell'Opera" in Rome, the "Petruzzelli" theater in Bari… La Flagey in Brussels, the Opera di Lyon, where she played a "Carte blanche" of 5 projects directed by her.
    She has been protagonist of the Opera "Diario dell'assassinata" at the "San Carlo" theater in Naples.
    She has recorded with the prestigious label ECM "Il Pergolese" , personal interpretation of the music by Giovan Battista Pergolesi.

    Her more recent productions: 2017 "Core [coração]" (Jandomusic label), in which she translates in neapolitan songs by Chico Buarque, - featuring on the album with two songs- Guinga, Egberto Gismonti; in 2018 she produces " Moresche ed altre invenzioni" , with the Burnogualà Large Vocal Ensemble, that she has founded and conducted (Parco della Musica records).
    She has been a Nominee in the "DownBeat" critics Pool, in 2001, in the category "Beyond Artist", along with names such as Joni MItchell and Caetano Veloso.
    She has won the "Top jazz" prize, critics poll of the magazine "Musica Jazz", in 2008, 2009, 2011. From 2010 to 2016 he won the popular referendum of the magazine "JAZZIT"; the prize "Musica e Dischi" 2012 for best international production with the album " MInd the Gap". In 2016 she received the "Career Award" by the association "Musica Oggi".

    She has taught jazz singing at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory, the "Saint Louis Music College" in Rome.
    He is currently a professor at the "Cimarosa" Conservatory of Avellino.
    She is director of the Jazz section of the Ravello Festival since 2016.

    Maria Pia De Vito, will be a guest in the concert of Eduardo De Crescenzo in the 2018-2019 theater season, in four exclusive events for the Teatro Cilea in Naples.
    Essenze EVENT: 6-27 November 2018, 18 December 2018, 15 January 2019.