Franco Ambrosetti

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Franco Ambrosetti approached the study of music by first playing the piano and the drums and then moving on, as a self-taught, to the trumpet. To perfect his instrumental technique he takes lessons from Oscar Valdambrini in Forte dei Marmi, where the Turin trumpeter is attending concerts.

In 1960, Franco Ambrosetti made his debut in Rome with the formation of Romano Mussolini, with whom he undertook his first tour, to form his first group a few years later. In 1966 the trumpeter from Lugano ranked first, ahead of Randy Brecker, among the trumpeters in the competition promoted by Friedrich Gulda for jazz musicians under the age of twenty-five. Between the Sixties and Seventies, he joined the quintet of his father Flavio, a saxophonist, with the pianist George Gruntz and the drummer Daniel Humair and recorded, in the same period, a record with the Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri. With the international formation "The Band" he recorded the album The Band – The Alpine Power Plant; the album features numerous European and American jazz musicians, including Flavio Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, George Gruntz, Dusco Goykovich, Woody Shaw, Benny Bailey, Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Daniels, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. In 1981 he recorded together with the young pianist Dado Moroni, Tullio De Piscopo and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen l'album Bluesology and collaborates in the following years with various musicians, including Michael Brecker, Dexter Gordon, Mike Stern, Franco D'Andrea, Alfredo Golino, Chico Freeman.

Essential discography: The Alpine Power Plant (1972 – BASF), Jazz a Confronto 11 (1974 – Horo Records), Franco Ambrosetti Qt (1976 – PDU), Bluesology (1981 – Dire), Live at the Blue Note (1993 – Enja Records), Light Breeze (1998 – Enja Records)

Jazz Power – Locandina

Poster of the Jazz Power program in Milan The Jazz Power venue opened in 1971 in Via Ugo Foscolo 1 (Piazza Duomo) in Milan. The organization of the jazz club is handled by the music critic and writer Franco Fayenz. Among the first and most important venues dedicated to jazz in Italy, Jazz Power becomes...

The Greats of Jazz – Flavio and Franco Ambrosetti

Album from the “I grandi del Jazz” series dedicated to Flavio and Franco Ambrosetti (with file edited by the music critic Bruno Schiozzi). Between 1979 and 1983, Fabbri Editori published the history of Jazz in installments for sale on newsstands, with vinyl attached. The first track of the album Sunday Walk was recorded in September...

Blu Jazz – A conversation with Franco Ambrosetti

Article by Gino Fortunato which appeared in the magazine Blu Jazz (April/May 1993) with the interview with trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti. In the period following the interview given to Blu Jazz magazine, directed by Adriano Mazzoletti, the Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti recorded a live album for the Enja label at the Blue Note in New York, accompanied by the pianist Kenny Baron, the...

Record labels – Say

Towards the end of the 1950s, a leather merchant with a passion for jazz organizes long jam sessions in his home in Milan with his musician friends, who are also mostly non-professionals. The character in question is the pianist and composer Tito Fontana; with him are young jazz musicians from...

Jazz Music – The Ambrosetti Saga

Article by Bruno Schiozzi entitled "The saga of the Ambrosettis" which appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (August-September 1975) The article tells the artistic story of the saxophonist Flavio Ambrosetti and his son Franco, trumpeter. Moving between Switzerland and Italy, Flavio Ambrosetti, towards the end of the 1940s, increased his reputation as a "Swiss amateur who plays...

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