Born: December 30, 1978 Primary Instrument: Drums
Originally from Italy and a graduate of the Conservatory Of Music ‘Lorenzo Perosi” in Campobasso, drummer Luca Santaniello has been living in New York City since 2001, performing as a freelance jazz musician and collaborating with musicians from the international jazz scene. He has performed in the finest New York City Jazz Clubs and venues as well as toured most of Europe with several different bands that vary in a wide range of jazz styles. Since relocating to New York, he has been collaborating with musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke,Ted Rosenthal, JD Allen, Harry Allen, Joe Cohn , Grant Stewart, Lonnie Plaxico, Marcus Strickland, Joel Frahm, Norman Simmons, Jimmy Bruno , Rhan Burton, Curtis Lundy, Paul Bollenbach, Darryl Hall, Francois Moutin, Donny Mc Caslin, Jay Leonhart, Avishai Cohen, , Ugonna Okegwo, Jaleel Shaw, Charles Neville (Neville Brothers), Joe Martin, Mayron Walden, and many others He began his professional jazz career at the age of 14 performing and touring all over the European territory with ensembles from the “Thelonious Monk Association of Jazz Music” (Campobasso,Italy)) such as The Rhythm Machine, Orchestra Laboratorio Thelonious Monk, and other bands and orchestras such as Ketoniche Percussions ,Delight Crew, Blue Iamge, Zasa Quartet. He also has a large experience in the Classical field having performed with numerous orchestra like the Symphonic Orchestra of Spoleto Festival (Spoleto Festival), Symphonic Orchestra “G.Verdi” (Salerno Naples), Solisti Aquilani (Aquila,Abruzzi), Molise Symphonic Orchestra (Campobasso).
Luca Santaniello’s bebop influenced style coupled with his deep classical training has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz. His exposure to dynamic modes of playing and to musicians with accumulated experiences only promoted the development of his own distinct musical personality
New York, NY