Location: New York
Record Label: Inner Circle Music
Bookings: Sam Mattingly
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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
DAYNA STEPHENS tenor and soprano saxophones
DESMOND WHITE bass
JOCHEM RUECKERT drums
Official Site: http://www.simonapremazzi.com
Band Bio: New York based pianist, Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town on the outskirts of Milano, Italy where she began playing piano at age 9.
Simona will release her 3rd CD, “The Lucid Dreamer”, on the Inner Circle Music Label, featuring her latest ensemble comprised of tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer Jochen Rueckert and special guest, the inimitable Greg Osby on Soprano Saxophone.
Simona Premazzi’s debut album, “Looking For An Exit”, a trio with Ari Hoenig and Joe Sanders, was listed among the best trio albums to come out between 2004 and 2008 by the prestigious Japanese magazine, Jazz Hihyo. Her highly acclaimed second album, “Inside In”, featured her band, “The Intruders” with Stacy Dillard on saxophone, bassis Ryan Berg and drummer Rudy Royston.
A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Milano where she followed up her studies by enrolling in the Jazz School Academy and CPM music school studying under the incomparable supervision of two of Italy’s formidable jazz masters, Massimo Colombo and Franco D’Andrea. As a student she became a member of two of the Academy’s most interesting bands – the Mingus Fingers Septet, of course focusing on the music of Charles Mingus, followed by a four year stint with Enrico Intra’s “Big Band”, touring across Italy and playing a long side internationally recognized musicians including, Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.
Since moving to New York in 2004, she has earned recognition for her improvisational work and skillful approach as a composer; with an unmistakable style and depth that comes a cross in every one of her compositions. She has shown herself to be an accomplished bandleader and much sought after collaborative partner on other artists’ musical projects. She has continued to hone her skills under the guidance of Fred Hersch, Jason Moran and Harry Whitaker, and has become a regular on the jazz club circuit.
She has performed/collaborated with: Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, Dayna Stephens, J. D. Allen, Logan Richardson, Grant Stewart, Stacy Dillard, Phil Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Jaleel Shaw, Jason Brown, Marco Panascia, Ameen Saleem, Joe Sanders, Quincy Davis, Rodney Green, E.J. Strickland, Justin Brown, Rudy Royston, Johnathan Blake and many more fine artists.
Joining Premazzi on this intimate and richly melodic collection, LUCID DREAMER, is another outstanding former label mate, the impressive young tenor saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana. Master players,bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jochen Rueckert, round out the ensemble. An added bonus is special guest Greg Osby. The inimitable saxophonist is featured on the title track, “The Lucid Dreamer” and on “Optics”.
Love Is Not All, One For Hunter S., Illusions, Simona's Moods, Nude In A Landscape, The Lucid Dreamer, Optics, Trinkle Tinkle, Piano Invention, Free Fall
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