Born: January 17, 1962 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Bassist, Band Leader, Educator Lello Molinari was born and raised in Naples, Italy. Lello Molinari studied Contrabass at the Scuola Civica in Sesto San Giovanni (MI). In 1985 Lello joined the Italian Vocal Ensemble. With the IVE Lello performed on national Radio and Television, as well as in jazz festivals such as: Pescara Jazz and Pompei Jazz. In ’86 the IVE recorded “Chiaroscuro” for the label “Red Records”, featuring Mike Melillo on Piano. That year Lello moved to Boston thanks to a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. In 1988 Lello lead the International Quartet through an European tour performing in Italy, Holland, and France, in festivals such as Umbria Jazz...
Refreshing avant bop where compositional ingenuity yields well- constructured tunes tinged with wit. JazzTimes
In his writing Molinari musters his inspirations - Thelonious Monk, the blues, Ornette Coleman - into an original identity with a touch of humor. The Phoenix
“Just about every track on this CD is a gem. The writing is just phenomenal”. Performer Magazine
The Boston scene is sometimes described as insular. On a Boston Night will startle outsiders. Molinari is a bassist/leader with a concept. Option Magazine
Lello Molinari has the perfect answer to those who believe that European Jazz lacks authenticity: namely, emigration. DownBeat
west roxbury, MA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.