Franck Avitabile

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Born: November, 1971    Primary Instrument: Piano

Franck Avitabile was born November 1971 in Lyon, France. At age 9 Franck’s musical education started when he entered the Conservatory of Lyon. He holds a Phd in “Mathématique et Informatique Fondamentales” from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Franck is the only musician whom the late piano master Michel Petrucciani produced for a record and on stage. Recently, Avitabile played and recorded with electro-jazz artists and has decided to pursue both careers, being open to all music genres, including pop and classical. As of today, Franck Avitabile has played over 800 concerts, and has been invited to about thirty countries...
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As a Leader

Jazz Do It - Tribute To Bud Powell
Cryo Interactive
Tracks: Dance Of The Infidels; others unknown.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Patrick Maradan: bass; Cdric Perot: drums.
Note: Album self-produced with only 50 copies released.

Les Vents de Vanves / Paris Jazz Corner
Conservatory (C.N.S.M.D.P.), Paris, France, March 22 & 23, 1997.
Tracks: So Sorry Please°¹; La Valse De Laurence°¹; Greenwich Village°¹; Training°; Round' Midnight; Trois Gros°¹; Carnival°¹; Le Joueur De Piano; Eloi°¹; Lumières°¹; Kenny°¹; Solalerie; Morlok°¹; Tempus Fugit°¹; 13 Mercenaires°.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Louis Petrucciani°: bass; Thomas Grimmonprez¹: drums.

In Tradition
Davout Studio A, 19, January 19-21, 1998.
Tracks: Gettin' There°²; Tempus Fugit°²; Topsy Turvy°²; Time Waits°²; Celia°²; Willow Grove°²; Three Large°²; There Will Never Be Another You°; August In Paris°²; Burt Covers Bud°²; Wail°²; Kenny°²; Bud's Bubble¹²; Silence¹.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Riccardo Del Fra°, Louis Petrucciani¹: bass; Luigi Bonafede²: drums.

Right Time
Ferber Studios, Paris, France, February 22-24, 2000.
Tracks: Miss Laurence°; In Your Own Sweet Way°; Facin' Up¹; Right Time°; Song For Évan°; Con Alma°; Cherokee°; Little Valse°; Blues From The Stars¹.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen°, Louis Petrucciani¹: bass; Roberto Gatto: drums.

Bemsha Swing
Ferber Studios, Paris, France, May 21-23, 2002.
Tracks: Rêverie; Fine Tune; Carrousel; Body And Soul; 'Round The Steps; July In Paris; All Blues; Bye Bye Blackbird; Alea; Bemsha Swing; Prelude To A Kiss; Secret Song; Facin' Up; Rêverie.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Remi Vignolo: bass; Dré Pallemaerts: drums.
Note: Prelude To A Kiss is a piano solo. Facin' Up and Rêverie appear on Japanese release only.

Just Play
Ferber Studios, Paris, France, September 27 & 28, 2004.
Tracks: Resonance; Lettre À Loïse; My Romance; August In Paris; Memories; Magic Mirror; Smile; Moody Piano; Morning Star; Dreamland; Isopod; Real Addict; Corps Et Ames; Nature Boy; Poiciana; Medley: Miss Laurence / Facin' up / Rêverie / Lovers.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano.
Note: Poinciana and Medley appear on Japanese release only.

Short Stories
Studio de Meudon, France, March 11-12, 2006.
Tracks: Arabesque; Childhood Memory; Reverso; Twisted Nerve; Cat Tale; The Third Eye; French Song; Medley: Rêverie /Facin’ Up / Miss Laurence / August In Paris; Little Monkey; Rhapsody; Inside Out; Rolling; There Is No Greater Love; Musings; Shortly After Midnight; The Twilight Hours; On Walking; Over The Rainbow.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano.

Paris Sketches
Studio Val d'Orge; October 2008.
Tracks: Air; Three Colours; The Birdcatcher; Stage Door; Rewind; Sun Waltz; Pat; Ultraviolet; Mockin' Bird; Facin 'Up; Seagram Murals; Four Roads; Point Of Presence.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Pino Palladino: bass; Manu Katché: drums.

As A Side Musician

Paris Jazz Quintet
Paris Jazz Quintet
Studio 44, Monster, The Netherlands, October 1 & 2, 2000.
Tracks: Marineland; Heerenstraat 44; More Than A Ballad; Brand New Millenium; Waltz For Mel; Fiston; Passages Secrets; Dark; Wayne.
Personnel: Alexandre Tassel: trumpet, flügelhorn; Guillaume Naturel: tenor sax; Gildas Scouarnec: bass; André Ceccarelli: drums.

Be Hip Be Bop
Christian 'Ton Ton' Salut
Fun Records
Live at the Mandala, Toulouse, France, June 23, 2001.
Tracks: Sippin' At Bells; Autumn Nocturne; Down With It; Lament; Bookers' Waltz; All God's Chillun Got Rhythm / Little Willie Leaps; Barbados; Quintessence; Bird's Mother; Groovin'High.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Olivier Temime: tenor sax; Akim Bournane: bass; Christian 'Ton Ton' Salut: drums.

Une Femme De Ménage
Various Artists (Original SoundTrack)
Tracks: J'Aurais Tellement Voulu; J'Aurais Tellement Voulu (Generique Fin).
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano.
Note: Twelve further tracks on album without Avitabile.

Fillet Of Soul
Tassel & Naturel / DJ Cam (Laurent Daumail)
Inflamable Records
Tracks: Smile. (?)
Personnel: Guillaume Naturel: tenor sax; Alexandre Tassel, Franck Avitabile: piano; Eric Legnini, Alex Tassel: keyboards; Maxime Blesin: bass; Laurent Robin: drums; DJ Cam: percussion, synthesizer, arranger.

Fillet Of Soul, 0pus 2
Tassel & Naturel
Seven Islands / Nocturne
Tracks: It's Like This°; Surrey¹.
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: keyboards; Christian Brun°, Nawfel°: guitar; Daniel Romeo°, Philippe Bussonnet¹: bass; Manu Katché°: drums; Minino Garay¹: percussion.
Note: Ten further tracks on album without Avitabile. Surrey also appears on album Diamond Suite - A Selection Of Electrocentric Jazz (Seven Islands).

The Song Seeker
Jean Pierre Gallis
November 11, 2005 (release date).
Tracks: Sailing; How Can I Be Sure; Just The Way You Are; Mr. Porcelli; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; Secret Love; I Did'nt Know What Time It Was; 'Round Midnight; Just For You; Nuage; Piste 11.
Personnel: Alexandre Tassel: trumpet, flügelhorn; Guillaume Naturel: tenor sax; Franck Avitabile: piano, keyboards; Christian Brun: guitar; Michel Zenino: bass; Jean Pierre Gallis: drums; Sibel Köse: vocals.

Food For Thought
Tassel & Naturel
Seven Islands / Nocturne
Tracks: I Loved You. (?)
Personnel: Franck Avitabile: piano; Eric Legnini: keyboards; Chris Brun: guitar; Laurent Vernerey: bass; Manu Katché: drums; Song: vocals.

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