After the amazing public results of the past season which despite the many difficulties related to the Pandemic, have vigorously reconfirmed it as the most loved jazz festival in the city, our RadioLondra returns to the office with its thirteenth edition, as always full of extraordinary guests and prestigious and world-class artists. The opening of the festival sees for the first time at the FolkClub the renowned jazz vocalist, musician, producer, composer, but also journalist, author, radio and television personality GeGé Telesforo, special guest of an amazing artistic trio made up of superfine musicians that our On several occasions the public has had the pleasure and privilege of appreciating: the sumptuous Dado Moroni on the piano, the very solid Riccardo Fioravanti on the bass and the eclectic Enzo Zirilli on drums and percussion as well as the brilliant 'mind and soul' of the Review.
Born to bring to Turin directly from that unique and inimitable melting pot of languages, cultures and art which London is, in concerts often unique for Italy, the most significant testimonies of how the jazz scene and its surroundings evolve across the Channel, influencing the whole continent, RadioLondra makes use of an exceptional 'speaker': Enzo Zirilli, who has lived permanently in London for over twenty years, meeting countless great artists and collaborating with fantastic musicians from all over the world. Particularly significant - almost tautological - is the participation in RadioLondra by GeGé Telesforo, who has always been a speaker of various television and radio broadcasts thanks to which many Italians have listened to and discovered countless artists of great talent from the world music scene.
"With Dado, Enzo and Riccardo we met last summer on the occasion of the master classes that Dado organizes in Albissola, and we parted with the promise of soon finding an opportunity to play our favorite game together again. We belong to that generation of Musicians who trained and grew up, even professionally, devouring the vinyls of the great masters of jazz, soul, R&B, tirelessly scrambling our instruments, our favorite toys. Following different paths, we thus learned the discipline of swing, the power of groove, and metabolized the universal language of improvisation in the field, frequenting renowned musicians and young talents. Even though we are aware that we face the difficult art of living in music every day, even today, after more than 40 years of adventures, we have a common goal, which is always the same: to have fun. On 7 October, at the Folk Club of Turin, it will be a pleasure, and a great honor, to return to play with these dear friends, illustrious colleagues who represent the excellence of our Music in the World. I can't wait". (GeGé)
GeGé Telesforo. Singer, instrumentalist, composer, music producer, A&R Groove Master Edition, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, but also journalist, television and radio personality, GeGé Telesforo represents a multifaceted professional figure, the best example of the current jazz tradition in Italy. GeGé's artistic activity began 35 years ago as a drummer and jazz singer, when his incredible talent was discovered by Renzo Arbore. Over the years he has developed his own personal style of scat singing, renewing a particular form of vocal improvisation almost forgotten abroad and which has never existed in Italy. Since the mid-1980s, GeGé has brought together the best musicians of the Italian Jazz and R&B scene (Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Antonio Faraò, Stefano Di Battista, Enzo Pietropaoli, Rita Marcotulli, Dario and Alfonso Deidda, Max Ionata, Giorgia Todrani, Marco Rinalduzzi, Marco Tamburini, Amedeo Ariano, Rossana Casale, Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Puglisi, Fabio Zeppetella, Marcello Surace, Alex Gwiss, Marco Siniscalco, Max Bottini, Rocco Zifarelli, Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Mia Cooper and others), carrying out a renovation with them of the old jazz standards and his original compositions using breathtaking arrangements and exciting harmonies. In the 90s, thanks to his partnership with Ben Sidran, pianist, singer, writer and producer, GeGé recorded for Go Jazz Records in important studios (Skyline-NYNY; Paisley Park-Minneapolis) with the most recognized international musicians and his Undisputed talent is exported all over the world while playing with The Go Jazz All Stars and performing with Jazz / Funk 'Masters' such as Jon Hendricks, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Tony Scott, DeeDee Bridgewater, Phil Woods, Bob Malach, Georgie Fame , Clyde Stubblefield, Mike Mainieri, Bob Rockwell, Richard Davis, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Frank McComb.... Back in Italy, with prominent bands such as PureFunkLive, Groovinators, So Cool 5tet, Telesforo focuses his musical evolution on his original jazz-funk vocal style, in which jazz elements blend with his formidable scat improvisation to form a rigorous rhythm and unmistakable dominated by the groove. He has produced several albums for his own independent label -Groove Master Edition- and recorded 11 albums as an artist and composer. GeGé Telesforo is experiencing a particularly happy period in his career. Winning the Jazzit Award for 6 consecutive years (from 2010 to 2015) as Best Male Singer crowns an important moment marked by the release of successful CDs such as "So Cool" (2010) "Nu Joy" (2012), "Fun Slow Ride" (2016) and an incredible number of prestigious concerts, including his appearance at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition for" The Best of Italian Jazz in Shanghai "with his quintet, or as a representative of Italian art and culture on the world bill with Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Paolo Fresu, Roberto Gatto.
Since their release in November 2012, "Nu Joy" and the hit single "Last Goodbye" have peaked at number 1 in both the iTunes and Italian jazz singles charts. "Nu Joy" was officially presented in 9 sold-out live performances when the GeGé Telesforo Band performed as a 'resident' at Umbria Jazz Winter 2012. As a singing and vocal improvisation teacher, GeGé brings his 'Vocal Jazz Concept' in prestigious music schools, conservatories and jazz festivals in Italy and abroad. Since September 2012, GeGé has been teaching Vocal Jazz and Improvisation at the Venice Voice Academy in Los Angeles (California-USA).
Dado Moroni. Born in Genoa, he is one of the most requested Italian jazz pianists in Europe and America. He made his debut at 17 with Tullio de Piscopo, Franco Ambrosetti and Franco Cerri with whom he still collaborates today. In 1987 he was called, the only European, together with pianists Hank Jones, Barry Harris and Roland Hanna, to be part of the jury of the Thelonious Monk international piano prize, held in Washington. In 1988 he made an important tour in seven African countries with the Alvin Queen sextet on behalf of the US State Department. He therefore collaborates with Clark Terry and George Robert on the world tour organized by the Swiss government to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation. In 1991 the group performed in various countries of the world enjoying great success and gaining the full approval of international critics. With the classical pianist Antonio Ballista he created the Two Pianos One Soul project in 1995, with the patronage of Ferrara Musica, obtaining considerable success in various national and international theaters. In 1995 he participated in a recording for the American record label Concord and in an important tour in Japan. To date he has recorded over 50 CDs for important record labels such as Sony, Concord, Contemporary, Telarc, Mons, TCB Record, Enja. Dado Moroni is one of the very few Italian musicians whose biography is included in the important Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler. It boasts prestigious and continuous collaborations with the great stars of world jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrel, Zoot Sims, James Moody, Johnny Griffin trio with Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Lewis Nash, Buster Williams, Billy Cobham, Grady Tate, Niels Pedersen and many, many others. Dado is a musician with a very strong personality who has gained a great deal of experience at an international level. Gifted with particular musical sensitivity, technique, energy and creativity, he manages to insert himself brilliantly and with the utmost naturalness in various musical contexts, always expressing great class, high professionalism and admirable imagination.
Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most creative and versatile drummers / percussionists of the last generations. Gifted with a great musicality, which has led him to absorb and personalize all forms of contemporary music, and to perform and record as a side man all over the world with great African-American, Italian and European jazz, world music and pop, including: Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Mintzer, Charlie Mariano, Steve Grossmann, Eddie Gomez, Antonio Forcione, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Ira Coleman, Rossana Casale, Marco Pereira, Ivan Segreto, Peppe Servillo, Flavio Boltro , Ares Tavolazzi, Larry Nocella, Randy Brecker, Gloria Gaynor, Fabrizio Bosso, Rosario Giuliani, Furio Di Castri, Emanuele Cisi and many others. After being born and raised musically in Turin, in 2003 he moved to London, where he soon established himself as one of the most requested musicians and began to collaborate with some of the musical icons of British and international jazz such as Jim Mullen, Stan Sulzmann, John Etheridge, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Omar LyeFook and Hamish Stuart (for 10 years alongside Paul McCartney) and other musicians of the last generations such as John Parricelli, Gilad Atzmon, Alex Garnett, Brandon Allen, Quentin Collins, Ross Stanley. He is also Professor of Jazz Drums at the Turin Conservatory.
Riccardo Fioravanti. He starts playing the electric bass in 1973 and enters the double bass class at the Milan Conservatory. His career develops on parallel planes: the artistic sense, the great versatility and the other professional skills lead him to work in the jazz field with Giorgio Gaslini, Franco Cerri, Gianni Basso, Renato Sellani, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Bollani and many others while in the world of pop his collaborations are innumerable, from Mina to Ennio Morricone, Mia Martini, Enzo Jannacci, Antonella Ruggiero, Fabio Concato, etc ... He has collaborated with musicians such as Tom Harrel, Bob Mintzer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Barney Kessel and many others, and has participated in concerts by Ray Charles, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Gino Vannelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Elio e le Storie Tese and Stevie Wonder. Over time, his precise and full-bodied sound and great interpretative skills have made him a valid collaborator - in seminars and performances - of drummers such as Joe la Barbera, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Cobham, Alivin Queen, Paul Wertico, Danny Gottilieb and many others. . Several CDs published in his name including Duke's Flowers, Note Basse, Bill Evans Project and Coltrane Project. He teaches jazz at the Milan Academy of Sound and at the Piacenza Conservatory, where he chairs the chair of Jazz Electric Bass.