Franco D'Andrea

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Among the most internationally known Italian jazz musicians, the pianist and composer Franco D'Andrea began as a young self-taught to approach the study of the trumpet. A few years later he chooses to change his instrument, opting for the piano. He moves from his hometown, Merano, to Bologna. In the Emilian capital he comes into contact with the lively city jazz scene frequented by personalities such as Amedeo Tommasi, Lucio Dalla and Alberto Alberti. In 1963 he moved to Rome where, with the formation of trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo, he performed on RAI radio programs. In the same period he was hired by the double bass player Carlo Loffredo in the band of the "Clubino" in Via Veneto and plays regularly at the club "Il Purgatorio" in the Trastevere area, together with Enrico Rava, Gegè Munari, Gato Barbieri, Gianni Foccià, Giovanni Tommaso and Bruno Thomas. In 1964 he participated in the recording of the drummer Franco Tonani's album "Night in Fonorama”.

At the end of the Sixties, Franco D'Andrea experiments with new technical-expressive forms with the Modern Art Trio, a formation composed with Franco Tonani and the double bass player Marcello Melis (later replaced by Bruno Tommaso). The recording work of the trio represents for the pianist from Merano a turning point in his gradual stylistic and conceptual evolution in which the integration between free jazz, serial and dodecaphonic music borrowed from the ratings of Schönberg, Stockhausen and Boulez.

In 1971 he joined the group jazz-rock Perigeo, founded by Giovanni Tommaso, with saxophonist Claudio Fasoli, drummer Bruno Biriaco and guitarist Tony Sidney. The quintet records five albums and holds numerous concerts, enjoying great success in Italy and abroad.

Once the experience with the Perigeo is over, Franco D'Andrea implements a real artistic and human palingenesis that will lead him to undertake an in-depth work on his piano language. Having abandoned the electric piano, on which he had activated a peculiar search for timbral colors with the Perigeo, he returns to playing acoustic. In 1976 he founded a trio named after him with the double bass player Dodo Goia and Bruno Biriaco The combo held numerous concerts over the course of five years of activity and released only one live album "From East To West”. In 1978 she recorded her first album in floor only by title "Nuvolao” to which, after two years, two more follow “Dialogues with Super-Ego” e “Es“.

In the 1980s he formed a quartet with saxophonist Tino Tracanna, double bass player Attilio Zanchi and drummer Gianni Cazzola and collaborated with internationally renowned jazz musicians such as Lee Konitz and Phil Wood. In the following years Franco D'Andrea with his various formations and projects will carry on his musical idea with excellent mastery, poised between innovative thrust and careful research of the transformations of African-American music, from its origins to the present day.

For his recording works he gets several awards, among which, the European Musician Prize dell'Academie du Jazz de France in 2010 and the victory in 2013 as “musician of the year” in the referendum “Top Jazz“, announced by the magazine Musica Jazz.

During his career Franco D'Andrea has collaborated with prestigious musicians on the international music scene: Enrico Rava, Fabrizio Bosso, Massimo Urbani, Renato Sellani, Ernst Reijseger, Tony Scott, Rosario Giuliani, Stefano Bollani, Daniel Humair, Miroslav Vitous, Aldo Romano, Hein Van de Geyn, David Liebman, Franco Ambrosetti, Luis Agudo

Essential discography: Modern Art Trio (1970 – Vedette Records), We all have a blues to cry with Perigeo (1973 – RCA), Nuvolao (1978 – Carosello), Dialogues with Super-Ego (1980 – Red Record), Es (1980 – Red Record) , Kick Off with Giovanni Tommaso and Roberto Gatto (1989 – Red Record), 12 Gershwin in 12 keys with Lee Konitz (1993 – Philology), Made in Italy (1996 – Red Record), Eleven (1999 – Philology), The Siena Concert (2008 – Blue Note), Traditions and Clusters (2012 – El Gallo Rojo), Monk and the Time Machine (2014 – Parco della Musica Records), New Things (2020 – Parco della Musica Records), Sketches of the 20th Century (2023 – Park of Music Records)

Jazz in Italy II

Album from the series “The greats of Jazz – Il Jazz in Italia II” (with issue edited by the music critic Arrigo Polillo). Between 1979 and 1983, Fabbri Editori published the history of Jazz in installments for sale on newsstands, with vinyl attached. The album contains the songs: Big Bear Stomp (Original Lambro Jazz...

Giorgio Azzolini Big Band

Album entitled Giorgio Azzolini Big Band. The album was recorded in 1971 at Tito Fontana's Studio 7 in Milan and published by the Dire label in the same year. In 1971, the double bass player and composer Giorgio Azzolini, in the role of leader of a Big Band, recorded the album of the same name in Milan. Among the important figures...

Venice – Jazz concert

Poster of the jazz concert organized in Venice from 16 to 24 June 1973 as part of the National Festival of Unity. The Modern Art Trio of Franco D'Andrea, Franco Tonani and Bruno Tommaso and the quartet of Massimo Urbani with Patrizia Scascitelli, Roberto Della Grotta, Nicola Raffone Contribution shared by Patrizia Scascitelli

Pupa or Chrysalis – Enrico Rava

Album entitled “Pupa o Crisalide” by the trumpeter and composer Enrico Rava. The album was released in 1975 on the RCA label Enrico Rava: trumpet/Rodolfo Mederos: bandeneon/Giovanni Tommaso, Herb Bushler, El Negro Gonzales: bass/Bruno Biriaco, Jack DeJohnette, Nestor Astarita: drums/John Abercrombie, Ricardo Lew: electric guitar/Michele Ascolese: guitar/Mandrake, El Chino Ross, Ray Armando, Warren Smith: percussion/Franco D'Andrea,...

Jazz Comparison 4 – Frank Rosolino

Album inciso dal trombonista statunitense Frank Rosolino per la serie “Jazz a Confronto” pubblicata dall’etichetta Horo del produttore siciliano Aldo Sinesio. Il disco viene registrato nel maggio del 1973 presso gli Studi Junior di Roma. Frank Rosolino: trombone/Franco D’Andrea: pianoforte/Bruno Tommaso: contrabbasso/Enrico Pieranunzi: pianoforte/Gianni Basso: sassofono/Massimo Rocci: tecnico del suono Il trombonista Frank Rosolino, ex...

Jazz Music – In Rome

Article (by Marcello Piras) appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (April 1974) on the concert activity of the Music Inn Jazz club in 1974 The concert activity of the Music Inn (described by the journalist "as the only jazz venue in Rome") is inaugurated on January 24, 1974 with the sextet of Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini, with Dino Piana, Renato Sellani, Alessio...

Jazz Music – Pescara Festival

Article (by Umberto Santucci) appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (October 1969) concerning the 1969 edition of the Jazz Festival in Pescara A group of jazz enthusiasts begins to present some concerts in the city of Pescara. After several concert appointments, with Italian and foreign guest musicians, on 18, 19 and 20 July 1969...

Jazz in Rai

Article (by Umberto Santucci) appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz of August/September 1969 entitled "Ancora Jazz alla RAI", concerning the RAI concert season of 1969. The season of concerts organized in the RAI studios, curated by the presenter and music critic Adriano Mazzoletti, were dedicated to exponents of American and European jazz: the trio of...

Opening Night – Enrico Rava Quartet

Album entitled “Opening Night” by Enrico Rava's quartet recorded in 1981 at Tonstudio Bauer (Ludwigsburg) and published in 1982 by the ECM Records label. Enrico Rava: trumpet, flugelhorn/Franco D'Andrea: piano/Furio Di Castri: double bass/Aldo Romano: drums, guitar With pianist Franco D'Andrea, between 1979 and 1981, Enrico Rava recorded two quartet albums: Ah e ...

Nuvolao - Franco D'Andrea

Piano solo album by Franco D'Andrea entitled "Nuvolao" recorded in January 1978 at the Studio Carosello in Milan and released on the Carosello label by Mario Rapallo. The disc was recorded by Franco D'Andrea after leaving the jazz-rock formation of the "Perigeo" and represents his first recording work in solo piano. Two years later, in...

From East To West – Franco D’Andrea Trio

Album entitled “From East To West” by the Franco D'Andrea trio, released by the Atlantic label in 1979. Franco D'Andrea: piano/Dodo Goia: double bass/Bruno Biriaco: drums Side A contains the songs recorded live in Warsaw as part of the XXI edition of the International Jazz Festival "Jazz Jamborre" in October 1978. Side B contains the pieces recorded in Turin...

Top Jazz in Italy

Album entitled "Top Jazz in Italy" containing the unreleased recording of the concert organized on 7 March 1983 by the magazine "Musica Jazz" at the Ciak Theater in Milan with the soloists and groups that had collected the greatest number of votes in the "Top Jazz" referendum organized by the magazine among critics, sector journalists, column managers...

Nouami – Saxes Machine

Album dal titolo “Nouami” della formazione orchestrale “Saxes Machine” condotta da Bruno Biriaco. Il disco viene inciso l’11 & 12 gennaio del 1978 presso gli Studi Emmequattro di Roma e pubblicato dall’etichetta Edi-Pan. Baldo Maestri: alto e soprano sax/Gianni Oddi: alto sax/Sal Genovese, Beppe Carrieri: tenore sax/Carlo Metallo: baritono sax/Franco D’Andrea: pianoforte/Giovanni Tommaso: contrabbasso/Bruno Biriaco:...

Chet Baker a Torino

Song entitled “Solar” recorded live by the American trumpeter Chet Baker on 21 April 1988 at the Carignano Theater in Turin. The song is contained in the album “Chet Baker in Italy” published by the Philology label in 1994 as an attachment to the magazine Musica Jazz n. 12/94 Piano: Franco D'Andrea/double bass: Giovanni Tommaso/Alto sax: Massimo Urbani/Trumpet: Enrico Rava/...

Di Castri / D’Andrea / Elgart

In the photo the double bass player Furio Di Castri, the pianist Franco D'Andrea and the drummer Bill Elgart in 1999. Contribution shared by Furio Di Castri External links: Furio Di Castri Home Page Franco D'Andrea Official Site Bill Elgart Wikipedia

Dialogues With Super-Ego/Es

Album entitled "Dialogues With Super-Ego" and "Es" by pianist and composer Franco D'Andrea, recorded respectively on March 3 and June 5, 1980 at the Barigozzi studio in Milan and published by the Red Record label. At the end of the 1970s, Franco D'Andrea performed piano solo as part of a jazz festival at the Teatro...

Piero Umiliani – To-Day’s Sound

Album entitled “To-Day's Sound” by the composer and conductor Piero Umiliani. The album was recorded at the Sound Work Shop in Rome for the independent label Liuto Records. The album features, among others, the bassists Giovanni Tommaso and Maurizio Majorana, the flautist Marcello Boschi, the guitarist Silvano Chimenti, the trombonist Dino Piana, the...

Towards the big cities - Encounters and Experiments

From the origins of jazz, musicians have established themselves as bearers of an itinerant music, without a homeland or even less racial and cultural barriers. Traveling from one city to another in the United States, from New Orleans to Chicago, to New York, to the West Coast and, later, from the New World to the Old Continent, jazz musicians went…

Bruno Biriaco – Saxes Machine

In the photo the "Saxes Machine", an orchestra led by drummer Bruno Biriaco. The orchestral staff included the wind section of the RAI Radio Orchestra formed by Giuseppe Carrieri, Gianni Oddi, Salvatore Genovese, Carlo Metallo, Baldi Maestri, with the addition of the pianist Franco D'Andrea and the double bass player Giovanni Tommaso. Contribution extracted from the book "L'Italia del Jazz" by Adriano Mazzoletti...

Genealogy - The Perigee

Album entitled “Genealogia” by the Perigeo quintet. The album was recorded in 1974 at RCA in Rome. The album is the third published by Perigeo, made up of Giovanni Tommaso (bass, moog), Franco D'Andrea (electric piano, synthesizers), Claudio Fasoli (saxophone), Tony Sidney (guitar), Bruno Biriaco (drums). External links: And Two Nights · Perigee

Azimut - The Perigee

Album entitled “Azimut” by the Perigeo quintet. The album was recorded in 1972 at RCA in Rome. In August 1972 the formation of Perigeo - formed by Giovanni Tommaso (bass), Franco D'Andrea (electric piano), Claudio Fasoli (saxophone), Bruno Biriaco (drums), Tony Sidney (guitar) – makes his live debut at the Bussola in Marina di Pietrasanta, for...

The Perigee

In the photo, the group "Il Perigeo" formed (from left) by saxophonist Claudio Fasoli, drummer Bruno Biriaco, double bass player Giovanni Tommaso, guitarist Tony Sidney and pianist Franco D'Andrea. Il Perigeo was born in Rome in 1972 on the initiative of the double bass player and composer Giovanni Tommaso. The group will be, together with Demetrio Stratos' Area, the...

Enrico Rava and Franco D'Andrea

In the photos trumpeter Enrico Rava with pianist Franco D'Andrea. At the end of the eighties Enrico Rava formed the group "Quatre", with the pianist Franco D'Andrea, the double bass player Miroslav Vitous (ex Weather Report) and the drummer Daniel Humair. The first concert of the quartet is held by the quartet in the RAI headquarters in Turin, to which...

Unknown Voyage - Furio Di Castri

Album entitled “Unknown Voyage” by the double bass player and composer Furio Di Castri. The album was recorded in 1989 at the Studio Emme in Florence Furio Di Castri: double bass/Paul Motian: drums/Franco D'Andrea: piano/Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone. External links: Furio Di Castri – Official Site Joe Henderson Quartet – John Taylor, Furio Di Castri, Paul Motian –...

Il Perigeo - We all have a blues to cry

Album entitled “We all have a blues to cry” by the Perigeo quintet. The album was recorded in 1973 at the RCA studios in Rome. The album is the second recorded by Perigeo, one of the most representative groups of jazz-rock in Italy in the Seventies, formed by the double bass player Giovanni Tommaso, the pianist Franco D'Andrea, the saxophonist...

Pieranunzi / Tommaso / Gatto

Article from the weekly "Gioia" (1983) on the episode of the "Blitz" program (broadcast on Sundays on the second Rai network) dedicated to the winners of the "Top Jazz" of 1982, announced by the magazine "Musica Jazz". In the photo (from left): the dancer Luciana Savignano, the choreographer and dancer Louis Falco, the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, Arrigo Polillo, the pianist and composer...

Live At JazzBo ’90

Album entitled "Live At JazzBo '90" recorded live on 23 February 1990 at the Multisala Auditorium in Bologna as part of the JazzBo '90 Festival and released by the Philology label in 2006 Franco D'Andrea: piano/Enrico Rava: trumpet , flugelhorn/Massimo Urbani: alto sax/Giovanni Tommaso: double bass/Aldo Romano: drums External links: Massimo Urbani /Franco D'Andrea trio Rava D'Andrea For Bix...

Kick off

Album entitled “Kick Off” recorded on 14 April 1988 at the Soundvideocat Studios in Rome and published by the Red Records label. Franco D'Andrea: piano/Giovanni Tommaso: double bass/ Roberto Gatto: drums External links: Franco D'Andrea Giovanni Tommaso Roberto Gatto – Epistrophy D'Andrea – Tommaso – Gatto “My Dear One”

What’s Happening? – Giorgio Azzolini Trio

Album entitled "What's Happening?" by the double bass player Giorgio Azzolini. The album was recorded between 29 March and 12 April 1966 at the Fonorama Studio in Milan. Giorgio Azzolini: double bass/Franco D'Andrea: piano/Franco Tonani: drums The trio of Giorgio Azzolini (double bass player who had played in the formation of Oscar Valdambrini and Gianni Basso) had played...

Modern Art Trio

Album entitled Modern Art Trio. The album was recorded on 17 and 19 April 1970 at Piero Umiliani's Sound Workshop - under the supervision of the studio designer Paolo Ketoff - and published by the Vedette Records label. Franco D'Andrea: piano, electric piano, soprano sax/Franco Tonani: drums, trumpet/Bruno Tommaso: double bass Il Modern...

Conversation – Frank Rosolino & Conte Candoli

Album dal titolo “Conversation” del trombonista Frank Rosolino e il trombettista Conte Candoli registrato nel 1974 e pubblicato dall’etichetta RCA (con la produzione di Adriano Mazzoletti) La formazione che accompagnava i due jazzistici statunitensi era formata da: Franco D’Andrea (pianoforte), Giovanni Tommaso (contrabbasso), Gegè Munari (batteria). Collegamenti esterni: Yesterdays – Frank Rosolino & Conte Candoli ...

Stereokonitz

Album dal titolo “Stereokonitz” del sassofonista americano Lee Konitz registrato nell’ottobre del 1968 presso gli studi della RCA di Roma. Il quartetto che accompagnava Lee Konitz era formato da: Franco D’Andrea (pianoforte), Enrico Rava (tromba), Giovanni Tommaso (contrabbasso), Gegè Munari (batteria) Stereokonitz è il primo lavoro discografico inciso dal pianista meranese Franco D’Andrea con Lee...

Crucial moment - Giorgio Azzolini

Album entitled “Crucial Moment” by Giorgio Azzolini recorded at Fonorama Studio in Milan on June 27, 1968. Giorgio Azzolini: leader, double bass player/Enrico Rava: trumpeter/Franco D'Andrea: piano/Aldo Romano: drummer External links: Giorgio Azzolini Big Band • Free Man (1971) Giorgio Azzolini – Tribute To Someone (1964) Giorgio Azzolini – Blues deflection

Night in Fonorama - Franco Tonani

Album entitled "Night in Fonorama" by Franco Tonani, recorded on May 31, 1964 at the "Fonorama" studio in Milan. Franco Tonani: leader, drums/Gato Barbieri: tenor sax/Franco Ambrosetti: trumpet/Franco D'Andrea: piano/Giovanni Tommaso: double bass Note: the album contains the first piece recorded by Franco D'Andrea entitled “U-boat ”. External links: Franco Tonani – Shepping Franco...

Last Tango in Paris – Gato Barbieri

Colonna sonora del film “Ultimo Tango a Parigi”, diretto dal regista Bernardo Bertolucci, realizzata dal sassofonista argentino Gato Barbieri, con gli arrangiamenti curati dal sassofonista, clarinettista e compositore Oliver Nelson Le sedute d’incisione della colonna sonora del film “Ultimo Tango a Parigi” vengono effettuate da Gato Barbieri nel 1972 presso gli studi della RCA di...

A Beautiful Grit - Piero Umiliani

Colonna sonora del film “Una Bella Grinta”, diretto dal regista Giuliano Montaldo (pubblicata nel 1965 dall’etichetta CAM) I temi musicali della pellicola italiana vengono composti dal pianista e direttore d’orchestra Piero Umiliani ed eseguiti dal quintetto formato da: Gato Barbieri (sassofono soprano e leader), Franco D’Andrea (pianoforte), Enrico Rava (tromba), Gegè Munari (batteria), Gianni Foccià...

Umbria Jazz - Nunzio Rotondo

Nella foto il gruppo di Nunzio Rotondo – tra i padri del jazz italiano – ad Umbria Jazz nel 1983. Nella formazione del trombettista romano erano presenti: Franco D’Andrea (pianoforte), Eddy Palermo (chitarra), Enzo Pietropaoli (basso elettrico), Giampaolo Ascolese (batteria) Contributo condiviso da Enzo Pietropaoli Collegamenti esterni: Ah-Leu-Cha – Nunzio Rotondo & Gato Barbieri Move...

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