Pericopes is a contemporary jazz project initiated in 2007 by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. One would best describe their style as ‘New Jazz’, with roots in the European tradition, Afro-American music, and improvisation, and an affinity for melody and compositional structure. Pericopes has already participated in many important jazz festivals in Europe – the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, Italy), Jazz & Wine of Peace (Cormons, Italy), Parma Jazz Frontiere (Parma, Italy), Jazz Pas Grave and Unesco International Jazz Day (Paris, France), BurgJazz (Münster, Germany), presenting their acclaimed double-debut CD The Double Side. In 2014 Pericopes released Frames (ParmaFrontiere Records), a live DVD shot in the suggestive Teatro Sociale Gualtieri (Italy) which positively impressed American jazz journalist Dave Sumner (Bird is the Worm, All About Jazz) : “Sublime duo set. Some gorgeous moments on this recording.”
In Paris, Pericopes began collaborating with New-York-based drummer Nick Wight, marking the inception of a “transatlantic” musical direction and performing across the USA and Europe as « Pericopes +1 ». Since releasing These Human Beings (2015) and Legacy (2018), Pericopes+1 have been rigorously touring the world, despite living oceans apart — New York City, Paris and Milano. The saxophone, piano and drums power-trio “demonstrate power and intention” (Downbeat - USA) plus grit and creativity that has earned recognition from both industry pros and fans. This cleverly unorthodox trio (Musica Jazz - Italy) has been described as an original, stylistically interesting (Concerto - Austria) cross-genre band that “belongs to a new generation” (Jazz ‘N’ More - Switzerland) of European jazz.