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Fabio Marziali

Born in a small village in the center of Italy, alto saxophone player (and doubler on flute, clarinet and piano) Fabio Marziali comes from a large family with practically no music background or interest. He started playing the piano at the age of 8 and moving to saxophone at 10 years old joining the local marching band. At the age of 14 he was accepted at the Conservatory of Fermo, where he began studying classical saxophone, the so called French school. Four years later his first encounter with live jazz music, thanks to a masterclass hold by an Italian saxophone player coming from Berklee College, Maurizio Caruso. From that moment he started to study improvisation and jazz tradition mainly by himself, as around there were no jazz schools, no jazz players and no youtube. Only his saxophone, his piano, some jazz albums and a lot of curiosity, passion and a dream.

17 years later, on June 2017, his dream came true. Fabio recorded an album of his own compositions with a stellar band in New York, in one of the best recording studio (Big Orange Sheep), accompanied by Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Mat Clohesy on double bass and Colin Stranahan on drums. The album is called “Windows and Lights” and it had being released in February 2018.

After completing the classical saxophone degree in 2004 (with 9.5/10) Fabio went to the most important jazz clinics in Italy (Umbria Jazz, Siena Jazz, Roma Jazz and others) and started performing live and touring locally with different bands. He decided to challenge himself participating to jazz contests, as soloist and with his quartet, and the results were beyond expectation as he won “Premio Massimo Urbani” Camerino (previously won by Rosario Giuliani, Stefano Bollani and other important Italian rising stars), “European Jazz Contest” Roma, “Giovani in Jazz” Bergamo, “Fara Music Live Contest” Fara in Sabina, and some minor ones.

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”The Unicam Quartet (lead by Fabio Marziali) is a talented group of jazz musicians making very creative music in Italy. I had a great time recording with them on some of their brilliant tunes and I expect to hear more great things from them in the future!” Jonathan Kreisberg

“I assure you that from now on we will be hearing always more about the UNICAM JAZZ QUARTET, composed by a saxophone player and also composer, Fabio Marziali, with a fluid and incisive phrasing....” Paolo Piangerelli - Philology

“In NEW HOPE it comes a fresh quartet from Camerino's university and then named UNICAM JAZZ QUARTET

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

My clinic is based on a research project I worked on during my master degree at the Amsterdam Conservatory titles "Can a saxophone play like a guitar?". From its introduction section: It is common for jazz guitar players to study solos and take inspiration from the great saxophonists from the past, like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, or modern ones like Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter, Michel Breaker just to name a few, but it much less common for saxophone players to be interested in discovering the language of guitar players

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