Souvenir de Milan (tribute to Django reinhardt)

Article Date: 01/05/2010

Souvenir de Milan (tribute to Django reinhardt)

Souvenir de Milan (tribute to Django reinhardt)
With Franco Cerri and Jacopo Martini
7 May 2010 21:00
Teatro Cantiere Florida
Florence, Via Pisana 3r ,

If Django is the inspiration, Franco Cerri is one of the most important followers of the great tradition of European jazz guitar.


Franco Cerri guitarist, born in Milan on 29.01.1926.
The passion for music takes shape around the Second World War and, after receiving a gift from the father Mario longed guitar, mature thanks to the partnership with his friend and pianist Giampiero Boneschi with whom he began to learn more about jazz.
Began his career in 1945, at the side of Gorni Kramer with Bruno Martelli, Franco Mojoli, Carlo Zeme and Quartetto Cetra, Cerri was immediately found in 1949 to play with Django Reinhardt, his first real guitar influence.

Among the foreign musicians with whom he played, remember (in alphabetical order):
Barney Kessel (root its influence on Franco)
Billie Holiday
Bud Shank
Chet Baker
Claude Wiliamson
Dizzy Gillespie
Django Reinhardt
European Jazz Star
George Benson
George Grunz
Gerry Mulligan
Jean Luc Ponty
Jim Hall
Johnny Griffin
Lee Konitz
Lou Bennet
Martial Solal
Modern Jazz Quartet
Phil Woods
Stephane Grappelli
Tal Farlow
Tony Scott
Toots Thielemans

He has played with nearly all the great Italian jazz musicians and is happy and proud to have discovered and encouraged the young and extraordinarily talented Dado Moroni.
It 'was at the head of his quartets and quintets, in which also include talents of the Italian scene such as Gianluigi Trovesi and Tullio De Piscopo.
And 'intervened in more than 750 television programs and has led some programs of Rai such as: "Late Night by Franco Cerri", "Jazz in Italy", "Jazz in Europe", "Jazz in Jazz" and "Jazz First love".
Since the 70's began to develop the arrangement work, reflecting on the score, the peculiarities of his style.
In 1980 he inaugurated his partnership with pianist and composer Enrico Intra with whom he founded and directs the Civic Jazz Courses in Milan also organizing music festivals.
On the educational side, achieved in 1982 (with Mario Gangi, with regard to classical guitar) for the publishing group Fabbri, a guitar course in sixty lessons arrived at the fifth and several jazz methods among which is "Jazz Guitar - developments - approaches - experiences ", written with Paolo Cattaneo and John Monteforte and published in the first edition by Ricordi in 1993.

Young talent of Italian jazz, he has worked with jazz musicians and groups, including T. Scott, B. Morris, M. Ribot, C. Brown, C. Taylor, K. Tippet, A. Braxton, Baraka A., W. Parker, E. Reijseger, S. Bey, T.Ghiglioni, E. Rava, G. Maier, G. Trovesi, A. Salis, M. Giammarco, R. Gatto, G. Schiaffini, T. Tononi.
And 'violinist of' Italian Unstable Orchestra, with which he won the Top Jazz 2007 Jazz Music Education as the year, Nexus and Dinamitri Jazz Folklore; He has published in his name "1974 I know damn if I know." Reported in the various categories of the Top Jazz Jazz Music.

Jacopo Martini
The Florentine guitarist Jacopo Martini Considered one of the most 'interesting exponents of manouche music in Italy, he has played with the most' important European musicians

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