Refined, soulful, captivating…..these are just some of the words fans use to describe the inspired contemporary jazz of The Maurizio Grondona Group. Making their debut on the Italian scene in 1987 with ‘On My Road’, the group is led by singer, guitarist and composer Maurizio Grondona, a native of Bari (southern Italy on the Adriatic coast).
Influenced by numerous American jazz greats including Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and Al Jarreau, Maurizio also counts among his mentors hip-hop/soul acts such as Grammy winners, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s House Band) and the late renowned producer, J Dilla (De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Erykah Badu). The result of such a diverse musical education is cosmopolitan American jazz with a decidedly Mediterranean flavor.
No stranger to performance and with eight releases to their credit, The Maurizio Grondona Group has been featured at numerous well-regarded jazz festivals and showcases including Milan SIM, Jazz For Amnesty International, Vieste Festival Golden Lion in Venice and was recently highlighted in Los Angeles at Thursday Night Vibe (past performers include Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson, Jr., etc.). In addition, the group has appeared at the prestigious Los Angeles Indie-Music / Film International Summit (LA-IMIS).
The Maurizio Grondona Group features Paul Iannattone on keyboards, bassits Nicky Belviso and Giuseppe Grondona on drums and is also available as a trio. Their current release, ‘The Sounds Of Life’, is a fusion of styles reminiscent of mainstream contemporary jazz powerhouse Norman Brown and features Italy’s hip-hop sensation, Tormento, on several tracks. Regular guests on Italian television and with several chart hits at radio stations nationally, Grondona ranks 18th place in Peoplesound’s jazz vocalist category.