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Francesco Crosara

WHO

FRANCESCO CROSARA is a Seattle-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and recording artist who has performed at select musical venues internationally. Format varies from piano solo to duet, trio, or larger ensembles.

STYLE

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

MUSIC INFLUENCES

PIANO: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul.
OTHER: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Return To Forever, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny.

PERFORMED WITH

Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Lilian Terry, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, Mark Lewis, Osama Afifi, Jeff Busch, Milo Petersen, Mark Ivester, Steven Bentley, and more.

ARTIST BIO

Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara is a jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.

Since 1992, Crosara has produced 6 jazz albums internationally. His album “Colors” received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine.

Francesco's mother, Lilian Terry, was one of Europe's foremost jazz vocalists across four decades. Also a TV/radio personality, and educator in Italy, she recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, and with Tommy Flanagan, and co-founded the Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music in Bassano, Italy. Lilian's memoirs, “Dizzy, Duke, Brother Ray, and Friends”, (2017- University of Illinois Press) received a highly positive review from Downbeat magazine and others.

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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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