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The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DCare pleased to partner with DC JazzFest again to present Dado Moroni, one the most talented jazz pianists and composers of our time. Joining the 16th Annual Dc JazzFest lineup, Dado Moroni will perform in a trio together with Stefano Bagnoli (drums) and Riccardo Fioravanti (double bass), two other great Italian jazz figures. Their set will include a tribute to the DC jazz greatest Duke Ellington and Shirley Horn, and Moroni’s own intriguing compositions. 

Moroni’s artistic path is blessed with success in Italy and abroad. He toured and recorded with many of the finest contemporary American and European jazz musicians like Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Ed Thigpen, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, George Robert, Tom Harrell, Lee Konitz, Al Grey, Lewis Nash, Ray Brown and Reggie Johnson among many others. In 1987 he was one of the judges for the First Thelonious Monk Piano Jazz Competition at the Smithsonian Institute.   



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(Originally broadcast on September 26, 2020) 


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moroni bioMoroni was born and raised in Genoa, Italy, and took to jazz early on. “My parents bought a piano for my sister, but she didn’t show a lot of interest in it. When I came along, I was immediately taken with it from the age of three. My father was always playing jazz records in the house – people like Earl Hines, Fats Waller and Count Basie. I fell in love with those records and started trying to imitate them on the piano. My mother, who played accordion, saw how interested I was in the instrument, and put me on her lap to explain the difference between major and minor chords. And that was the beginning!” 

Originally self-taught, Moroni eventually took the advice of a family friend and studied piano formally, eventually gigging with local Italians and visiting American musicians as well. Unsure he would be able to mount a successful career in music, Moroni actually enrolled in law school. But a chance encounter accompanying famed bebop trumpet pioneer, Dizzy Gillespie, would forever alter Moroni’s musical path, when the elder jazz statesman told him, ‘Man, there are too many lawyers out there. You should play piano!’ “That was the turning point,” Moroni said. “I decided right there that I could make a living doing what I loved to do. So, I took him seriously, and quit law school!”

During his long career, Dado has collaborated with Ray Brown, Jesse Davis, Tom Harrell, and Lee Konitz. Although his stylish and vigorous playing is heavily bop influenced, Moroni’s performances often reveal touches of those early piano influences like Waller and Tatum, which help to bring a satisfyingly broad texture to his playing.



bagnoli bioVery well-known in Italy as a master Jazz drummer, Stefano “Brushman" Bagnoli is a real specialist in the use of brushes. Since 1978, he has been collaborating with some of leading Italian and foreign jazzmen. Author of the first Italian method on brushes, he is also a teacher in two music conservatories in Italy.



fioravanti bioRiccardo Fioravanti, a veteran of Italian Jazz, can literally make people dance to his hypnotic bass lines and strong rhythmic feel, which add an element of surprise to the trio's improvisations. He started playing the electric bass in 1973, and, only two years later, he went on his first tour as a professional musician with the pop song writer Alberto Camerini in 1975. During his long career, he has collaborated with great figures of the jazz scene such as Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Stevie Wonder, Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Enrico Rava and Ray Charles.



Data: Dom 28 Feb 2021

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, Dc JazzFest, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero