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Unexpected Italy – Doctor 3 at Family Theater

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Danilo Rea (piano), Enzo Pietropaoli (double bass), and Fabrizio Sferra (drums) make up jazz trio Doctor 3, the three-time winner of Musica Jazz’s Best Italian Jazz Group of the Year. Their daring improvisations and reimagined compositions are influenced by artists ranging from the Beatles to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Righteous Brothers to Sting, and Domenico Modugno to Tom Waits.

This program is part of Unexpected Italy, the Festival organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute.






The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Family Theater
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566


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Unexpected Italy 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, together with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, and in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, are proud to present Unexpected Italy, a celebration of Italy’s extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. Throughout May 2019, the Center will present a variety of art forms that reflect Italy’s diverse arts and culture. 


Danilo Rea  

danilo reaOne of Italy’s leading jazz pianists, Danilo Rea received a solid musical training, obtaining his degree from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Among the artists he has worked with on-stage and in the recording studios are Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Bob Berg, Michael Breker, Billy Cobam, Aldo Romano, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and others.

In the field of pop music his peerless credentials include Mina, Pino Daniele, Claudio Baglioni, Fiorella Mannoia and many others. He has worked with Giovanni Tommaso’s quintet “Lingomania” (Top jazz 1987) and he has given concerts in Italy, France, England, US, India, Senegal and China.

Together with percussionist Roberto Gatto he recorded Improvvisi (Gala Records). He is currently co-leader of the trio “DOCTOR 3” (with Enzo Pietropaoli and Fabrizio Sferra), one of the most highly-acclaimed groups in Italy. Under the “Via Veneto” label he has recorded the solo CD “Lost in Europe” which brings together the highlights of his 2000 tour. He is also much sought-after as a performer in classical music settings. Noteworthy among these performances are Roberto De Simone’s “Requiem for PierPaolo Pasolini” under the direction of Zoltan Pesko at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. At the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, in-ensemble, he performed in “Rossini, mon amour” production for the “Rossini Opera Festival”. He has also appeared with Roberto Gatto in the context of a jazz festival at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In recent years he has dedicated himself to teaching and giving master classes in jazz and improvisation techniques.


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This program is part of the 7th annual European Month of Culture.

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  • Organizzato da: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • In collaborazione con: Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute