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Massimo Farao

"The blackest of Italian pianists" was born May 16th, 1965, in Genoa.

He studied piano with Maestro Flavio Crivelli and began his career collaborating with musicians from the Genoa Area, especially with the bassist Piero Leveratto.

In 1993 he was invited for the first time in the USA. He plays with Red Holloway and Albert "Tootie" Heath on a tour on the West Coast.

In the same year he founded "We love Jazz" Workshop, now become one of the biggest events in Europe for jazz teaching.

In 1994 he was hired by "Monad Records" in New York and back in the United States as pianoplayer and music director of Shawnn Monteiro's band, with Keter Betts and Bobby Durham.

He has played in several european tours with the Nat Adderley Quintet, composed by Antonio Hart, Walter Booker and Jimmy Cobb.

In 2001 he joined the Archie Shepp's "Just in Time" Quartet with Wayne Dockery and Bobby Durham.

Since 2001 he is the artistic director for the jazz division of AZZURRA MUSIC label.

In 2003 he played at "Jazz Piano Festival" in Lucerne.

In November 2004 he played in Japan, where his albums have become bestsellers.

He played in Italy, France, Germany, Corsica, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Dubai, Luxembourg, Spain, Japan, Yugoslavia, Canada

He has recorded more than 2 hundred recordings with many Italian and foreign musicians as leader and sideman for labels like Red Records,Splash,Azzurra music,Concord Records,Venus Records

He has played with these Italian musicians: Carlo Atti, Piero Odorici, Massimo Urbani, Gianni Basso, Claudio Capurro, Jacopo Jacopetti, Nicoletta Manzini, Emanuele Cisi, Michele Bozza, Cesare Marchini, Bruno Longhi, Stefano Di Battista, Bruno Marini, Annalisa Dudine, Giampaolo Casati, Marco Tamburini, Flavio Boltro, Luca Begonia, Mauro Ottolini, Fabrizio Bosso, Aldo Zunino, Rosario Bonaccorso, Lucio Terzano, Marco Vaggi, Giorgio Rosciglione, Dario Rosciglione, Francesco Mariella, Massimo Moriconi, Piero Leveratto, Luciano Milanese, Ares Tavolazzi, Lorenzo Conte, Paolo Benedettini, Dario Deidda, Michel Rosciglione, Gianni Cazzola, Gegè Munari, Massimo Dall'omo, Amedeo Ariano, Giulio Capiozzo, Tullio De Piscopo, Giampaolo Ascolese, Stefano Bagnoli, Enzo Carpentieri, Massimo Chiarella, Ferdinando Faraò, Pietro Iodice, Osvaldo Mazzei, Alfred Kramer, Massimo Caracca, Dado Moroni, Riccardo Zegna, Luigi Bonafede, Federico Conti, Sandro Gibellini, Alessio Menconi, Ada Montellanico, Patrizia Conte, Anna Sini, Silvia Donati, Lara Luppi, Danila Satragno, Riccardo Mei, Gaetano Riccobono, Fabiana Rosciglione.

The foreign musicians with whom he worked and recorded: Red Holloway, Bud Shank, Clifford Jordan, Benny Golson, Jiri Stivin, Bob Sheppard, Charles Bowen, Gary Bartz, Jesse Davis, Lionel Belmondo, Sylvan Beuf, Bob Bonisolo, Derrick James, Herb Geller, Jerry Weldon, Steve Grossman, Peter Guidi, Antonio Hart, Plas Johnson, Christophe Laborde, Harold Land, Turk Mauro, Charlie Mcpherson, Lars Moller, Bob Mover, Bob Porcelli, Paul Jeffrey, George Robert, Jim Snidero, Hal Stein,

Harvey Wainapel, Gary Wiggins, Tony Scott, Richie Cole, Hal Singer, Archie Shepp, Nat Adderley, John Allmark, Franco Ambrosetti, Stephan Belmondo, Lester Bowie, Conte Candoli, Art Farmer, Philip Harper, Terrell Stafford, Duane Eubanks, Dusko Goicovich, Steve Gut, Tom Harrel, Jean Loup Lognon, Brian Lynch, Mark Morganelli, Stacey Rowles, Clark Terry, Charles Tolliver, Warren Vachè, Benny Bailey, Buster Cooper, Carl Fontana, Curtis Fuller, Freddie Lonzo, Kenny Burrell, Irio De Paula, Mark Elf, Bruce Forman, Loomis Green, Gray Sargent, Mike Stern, Jimi Wilkes, Pete Bernstein, George Cables, Bertha Hope, Junior Mance, Horace Parlan, James Williams, Joey de Francesco, Shirley Scott, Jack Mcduff, Wild Bill Davis, Michel Benita, Keter Betts, Mark Bond, Walter Booker, Pierre Boussaguet, Howard Britz, Cameron Brown, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Eckinger Isla, Vic Edimo, John Heard, Ed Howard, Paul Imm, Reggie Johnson, Bill Lee , Mike Boone, Eddie Jones, Lloyd Lambert, Alvin Mills, Gus Nemeth, Gotz Ommert, Ed Schuller, Darryl Taylor, John Webber, John Wiitala, Buster Willams, Jimmy Woode, Marty Ballou, Wayne Dockery, Charlie Antolini, John Betsch, Joe Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Keith Copeland, Bobby Durham, Kim Thompson, Steve Williams, Louis Hayes, Byron “Wookie” Landham, Sangoma Everett, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Greg Hutchinson, Zam Johnson, Vince Lateano, Kenny Martin, Butch Miles, Alvin Queen, Ben Riley, Manu Roche, Peter Schmidlin, Ed Thigpen, Carl Anderson, Carol Bach Y Rita, Joanne Bell, Ginger Brew, Donna Brown, Rodney Bradley, Rev. Lee Brown, Theresa Burnette, Jamie Davis, Joy Garrison, Connie Laverne, Michelle Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Harriet Lewis, Kitty Margolis, Marlon Ray B, Shawnn Monteiro, Rhonda Moore, Zella Owens, Denise Perrier, Gigi Warner, Michael Whitaker, Loni Williams, Mae Arnette, Crystal White, Simon Jay, Joanna Pascale, Sally Night, Denise King, TC Carney III

Source: Massimo Farao