Since arriving in New York City in the summer of 2009 on a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange between Italy and the United States, Andrea Veneziani has been turning heads with his virtuosic command of the double bass. In addition to audiences at such clubs as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Café, The Jazz Gallery, Shrine, Bar Next Door, Puppets Jazz Bar, Local 269, Caffé Vivaldi, Fat Cat, Cleopatra’s Needle, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, 5C Cultural Center & Cafe, Tomi Jazz, Tutuma Social Club, Garage, Smalls Jazz Club, ShapeShifter Lab, his admirers include many of the jazz faculty members at New York University’s Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, from which he graduated in May 2011 with a Masters of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz. They include John Scofield, Ralph Alessi, Joe Lovano, Ralph Lalama, Peter Bernstein, Billy Drummond, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brian Lynch, Don Friedman, Andy Milne, Chris Potter and Kenny Werner, to name a few.
“Andrea’s music is very melodic”, says pianist Werner. “His playing is also from the heart”.
Besides being Veneziani’s former instructor, Werner is the pianist on Oltreoceano, the bassist’s remarkable debut recording as a leader. Rounding out the trio is Ross Pederson, one of the most swinging and sensitive young drummers on the New York scene. “Oltreoceano” translates from the Italian as “overseas”. The trio recording celebrates the challenging new music environment Veneziani, who had earlier performed only in Italy and other parts of Europe, has immersed himself in during his three years in New York.