Roberto Tarenzi


Roberto Tarenzi

Roberto Tarenzi, begins the study of piano classic at 8 years old.

He discovered jazz during his teenage years, he studied with Ray Santisi at the seminaries of the Berklee School in Umbria Jazz in 1994, Franco D'Andrea and Enrico Pieranunzi at Siena Jazz 1996, Enrico Intra and Roberto Pronzato at the Civici Corsi di Jazz in Milan, where he obtained his diploma in 1999.

In 1995 he joined the Big Band directed by Enrico Intra with whom he recorded four CDs: "Italian Club Graffiti" for Erga-Peer Music, "NIght Creature", "New Perspectives" and "New Italian Graffiti" for Soul Note and accompanied, among others: Dave Liebman, Max Roach, Bobby Watson, Bob Brookmeyer, David Murray, Eddie Daniels, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Franco Ambrosetti , John Thomas.

In 2000, inspired by the music of pianist Ahmad Jamal, he founded CUES Trio together with Lucio Terzano and Tony Arco, with whom he recorded in 2001 "Introducing CUES trio" for DDQ-SoulNote and in 2002 "Cues trio meets David Liebman – FEEL" for Abeat records.

In 2003, in a jam session in New York, he met James Cammack, a double bass, that had worked for over twenty years alongside Ahmad Jamal himself, with whom Tarenzi subsequently held a series of concerts in Italy and recorded in 2008 the album "Rather Odd", in trio, on behalf of drummer Tony Arco.

In October 2005, he recorded with Nat Su's quartet the CD "Volatile", released by TCB-Montreux. In December 2005, he recorded live with Dave Liebman as part of an Italian tour; two albums were born from these sessions: "Dream of Nite" and "Negative Space", both produced in Europe by Emarcy-Universal and released in the USA for the prestigious VERVE label.

In early 2006, he moved to New York City for six months, where he played an intense concert activity in clubs and also recorded, with singer Alice Ricciardi, the CD "Comes Love", released shortly afterwards by Blue Note-EMI Music. From this period are also the recordings of "The Right place" (Emarcy-Universal) by Gaetano Partipilo, "13 Floors" and "Dig Deep" (Music Center) and "Locomotion" (SoundHills) with Franco Ambrosetti and Michele Bozza.

Returning from the United States, he was chosen along with eleven other pianists around the world (including Aaron Parks and Gerald Clayton) to participate in the prestigious "Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition", performing in front of a jury chaired by Herbie Hancock and including, among others, Danilo Perez and Andrew Hill.

In 2008 he moved to Rome and began an intense concert activity alongside Stefano Di Battista and Rosario Giuliani, also collaborating with Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Dario Deidda, Fabio Zeppetella, Fabrizio Bosso, Max Ionata and practically all the best musicians on the scene. Italian. He appears in the 12th DVD “The great history of Jazz” in a project directed by Massimo Nunzi.

With Stefano Di Battista he recorded a record for Espresso-Casa del Jazz that was later released in 2009 and two records with singer Nicky Nicolai ("Più Sole" for Emarcy-Universal and "Sophisticated Lady" for Espresso). Also in 2009 were released "One Day I'll Fly Away", recorded in trio, by DejaVu, which enjoyed a great sales success in Japan, and "Night Walk" with saxophonist Max Ionata, produced by the same label.

In 2010 he realizes, together with Roberto Pistolesi, Pietro Ciancaglini, Stefano Di Battista and Dario Deidda, "Involvingevolvingrevolving", released by Alice Records in June 2011. The recording of the CD "Images" by Rosario Giuliani is in 2012, made in New York together to John Patitucci, Joe Locke and Joe LaBarbera. He records part of the music of the Oscar-winning film “La Grande Bellezza” by Paolo Sorrentino, released in 2013 and plays in a series of concerts with Gino Paoli.

In 2013, he released his album "Other Digressions", released by Abeat Records. In 2015, he recorded the live CD "Trio Live", with Dario Deidda and Roberto Pistolesi. He recorded "Love and Other Simple Matters" (JandoMusic 2018) with Jorge Rossy on drums and James Cammack on double bass, and in 2019, "11 Little Things" (Music Center) with Dario Deidda and Roberto Pistolesi.

He is currently active on the Italian and international scene, in piano solo, trio (with D.Deidda and R.Pistolesi), Fabio Zeppetella 4et, Roberto Gatto Tribute to Miles Davis, Dave Liebman duo and Quartetto.

…Roberto is in my estimation one of the most talented pianists I have encountered over the past years. He is disciplined, knowledgeable about the jazz legacy, has great ears and most of all, a burning desire to be a great musician…” – Dave Liebman