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Francesco Crosara

WHO

Francesco Crosara is a jazz pianist, composer and recording artist available for performance at selected musical venues internationally. Format varies from piano solo to trio, or larger group.

STYLE

Straight-ahead jazz, with elements of latin, fusion, classical and world music.

PERFORMED WITH

Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, and Lilian Terry.

ARTIST BIO

Born in Milan in 1960, and residing in the USA since 1980, Francesco Crosara is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed at festivals and venues across the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France and Italy. Francesco comes from a musical family as his mother, Lilian Terry, is one of Europe's foremost jazz vocalists who has recorded also with Dizzy Gillespie and with Tommy Flanagan.

EDUCATION & INFLUENCES

Francesco studied Classical piano & Theory at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, followed by private studies in Jazz Harmony, Composition and Improvisation in Italy. In 1981 he attended USC in Los Angeles where he was a permanent member of the USC jazz big band. Main influences have been family friends Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea.

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”A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” John Janowiak, Down Beat Magazine

“... the kind of sensitive swing seldom heard since Bill Evans. [...] Crosara's [...] rubato meanderings [...] are precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic daring.” Harvey Siders, JazzTimes Magazine

“The piano echoes notes like twinkling stars, beauty surrounded by silence. [...] you'll dance through your tears and love the loneliness, I did. John Barrett Jr, JazzImprov Magazine

“Francesco Crosara proves he is a pianist with expert chops and broad interests. [...] Crosara has an awareness of world music but a firm grounding in the modern jazz vernacular

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Discography

CONCERTO

CONCERTO

Crosara Creative (Italian import)
2011

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KURAMA

KURAMA

Crosara Creative
2009

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NOTES

NOTES

Crosara Creative
2008

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EMOTIONS

EMOTIONS

TCB Music
2003

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COLORS

COLORS

Southport Records
1999

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ENERGY

ENERGY

Power Wave Records
1992

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