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Francesco Cafiso

Born: May 24, 1989    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Francesco Cafiso

One of the most precocious talents in the history of jazz. When he was barely nine years old Francesco took his first steps, working with internationally famous musicians.

First of all, veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler was blown away by the young man's incredible set with veteran pianist Franco D'Andrea at the 2002 Pescara Jazz Festival, most of which was issued on the Philology CD Standing Ovation and was described in detail by Gitler in an article written for the Jazz Journalist Association newsletter. Meeting Wynton Marsalis at a laterfestival was a decisive moment for Francesco’s career. Amazed by Francesco’s qualities, Marsalis took him along with his septet on his 2003 European tour, where Francesco performed in prestigious theatres in the largest cities in Europe....
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As a Leader

Very Early
Philology
2004
Tracks: Au Privave; Lover Man; Minor Blues; Mediation: Now's the Time; My Funny Valentine; Mr. P.C.; My Foolish Heart; Someday My Prince Will Come; Billie's Bounce; In a Sentimental Mood; Airegin; Petit Piano Blues; Very Early.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Gianni Basso: tenor sax; Stefano Bollani: piano; Fabrizio Bosso: trumpet; Paoline Dalla Porta: bass; Franco D'Andrea: piano; Irio De Paula: guitar Roberto Firrincieli: piano; Massimo Manzi: drums; Nicola Mingo: guitar; Massimo Moriconi: bass; Giordano Pietroni: bass; Renato Sellani: piano; Ares Tavolazzi: bass; Francesco Vitale: drums.


Concerto For Michel Petrucciani
Philology
2004
Tracks: Chloe Meets Gershwin; Why; Pasolini; Our Tune; Hidden Joy; She Did It Again; Brazilian Like; Even Mice Dance; Montelimar; You Are My Waltz; Cherokee; Body and Soul.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Riccardo Arrighini: piano; Amedeo Ronga: bass; Stefano Rapicavoli: drums.


Francesco Cafiso & Strings: A Tribute to Charlie Parker
Giotto Music
2005
Tracks: unknown.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Riccardo Arrighini: piano; Aldo Zunino: bass; Stefano Bagnoli: drums; remainder unknown.


New York Lullaby
Venus
2006
Tracks: Lullaby of Birdland; Reflections; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; My Old Flame; Estate; What's New; Imagination; Willow Weep For Me; Speak Low.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; David Hazeltine: piano; David Williams: bass; Joe Farnsworth: drums.


Seven Steps to Heaven
Venus
2006
Tracks: Seven Steps To Heaven; Green Chimneys; Yesterdays; On the Trail; My Funny Valentine; Milestones; Crazeology; Skylark.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Andrea Pozza: piano; Aldo Zunino: bass; Nicola Angelucci: drums


Happy Time
CamJazz
2006
Tracks: Louisiana; She Loves Me; Happy Time; Anabel; Blues For Angel: Sir Charles; Goodbye Elvin; The Bear.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Riccardo Arrighini: piano; Aldo Zunino: bass; Stefano Bagnoli: drums.


Jazz Italiano Live 2006
Casa del Jazz
2006
Tracks: Sweet Georgia Brown; The First One; Well, You Needn't; You Don't Know What Love Is; Panta Jazz; Epistrophy.
Personnel: Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Sandro Gibellini: electric guitar; Aldo Zunino: bass.

As A Side Musician

Standing Ovation
Franco D'Andrea
Philology
2004
Tracks: How High the Moon; Blue Monk; Just Friends; Goodbye, Mr. Evans/My One and Only Love; Have You Met Miss Jones; Angel Eyes/Lover Man; Take the A Train.
Personnel: Franco D'Andrea: piano; Francesco Cafiso: alto sax.


First
Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo
Philology
2004
Tracks: Big Nick; Goodbye Jack; Somewhere; ET; ESP; In a Sentimental Mood; Winter Sky; Starring; Graffiti; Il R.E.
Personnel: Carmelo Fede: trumpet; Giuseppe Privitera: trumpet; Dino Amasi: trumpet; Salvo Riolo: trumpet; Dino Rubino: trumpet; Camillo Pavone: trombone; Toni Cattano: trombone; Filipino Nacsone Pistone: trombone; Antonio Caldarella: trombone; Carlo Cattano: reeds; Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; Rino Cirinna: reeds; Salvo Tempio: reeds; Marcello Leanza: reeds; Osvaldo Corsaro: piano; Claudio Cusmano: guitar; Nello Toscano: bass; Pucci Nicosia: drums; Antonella Leotta: vocals.


Jazz Italiano Live 2007
Maria Pia De Vito
Casa del Jazz
2007
Tracks: unknown.
Personnel: Maria Pia De Vito: vocals; Francesco Cafiso: alto sax; remaining musicians unknown.

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