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Enrico Rava

It has been more than 50 years since famed trumpeter Enrico Rava first appeared in the Italian and international jazz scenes. He had initially worked with artists such as Gato Barbieri and Steve Lacy, with whom he spent a brief period in Buenos Aires alongside South African musicians Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo. He later moved to New York where he met and worked with artists such as Roswell Rudd, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie and Cecil Taylor. During the mid-1970's, he returned to Italy and spent the next few decades leading various groups and producing numerous recordings. His return also sparked a fascination with the Opera, which subsequently influenced two of his albums Rava, L'Opera Va' and Carmen. Moreover, he ventured into the world of pop through his renditions of selected songs of Michael Jackson, paying an homage to the deceased King of Pop by producing the album "On the dance floor". He was famously inclined to work with young musicians, which generated the discoveries of artists such as Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi and Francesco Diodati. Throughout his extensive career, he has played alongside notable musicians such as Lee Konitz, Richard Galliano, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Dave Douglas, Geri Allen, Cecil Taylor, Miroslav Vitous, Philip Caterine, Tomasz Stanko, Michel Petrucciani, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano.

Fred Hersch

A full three decades after the release of the debut album Horizons, innovative master pianist and composer Fred Hersch still occupies a place in the pantheon of jazz greats. His style was influenced by legends like Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson. In the eighties, Hersch played as a sideman with famous jazz artists including Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and Toots Thielemans, and he taught Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson. Hersch has been nominated ten times for a Grammy Award and throughout his career he has made over three dozen albums as a leader and co-leader of bands. Since the nineties, the pianist has been particularly active in making albums, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. He recorded Sunday At The Vanguard with his Fred Hersch Trio whose other members are bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson; the album was nominated for two Grammy Awards.


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