my name is Alessandro Olivieri. I’m 43 years old, and live in Bologna. I have been interested in jazz since 1980. Before that, I was absorbed in the study of classical piano.
I have always taken private lessons because I like to take a particularly slow pace.
Until 2003 I attended many different jazz seminars and without a doubt the musicians who have had the greatest influence on me have been Barry Harris, Benny Golson e John Taylor; I have participated in numerous jam sessions with local musicians and performed in concerts in varied formations, but the one most congenial to me has been the piano trio. In 2004-2005, as artistic director of a jazz club near Ferrara, I was able to take advantage of this opportunity, playing in trio with bass player Glauco Zuppiroli and drummer Andrea Burani.
In 2003 I started studying bass almost as a joke(a friend had left it at my house because of the distance and the inconvenience of travelling with it by train); my piano studies made things easier, leaving me more time to concentrate on the “mechanical” part of the instrument. It was Steve Grossman in 2006 who, during a rehearsal with his quartet, heard me play and said “you feel more comfortable with the bass…!”. In effect, this expression illuminated me and gave me greater strength to persevere in studying the bass.
In 2008 I participated in a seminar in Orsara di Puglia(the master Kengo Nakamura was teaching) and I won a scholarship. The following year, as the “prize” I played in a quartet at Cantina Bentivoglio(Bologna) with Lucio Ferrara as guest. In addition, in 2009, between one seminar and another, I started my collaboration with the pianist Max Chirico, together forming a duo.