Just completed a round of gigs around Italy with my own projects: the Quartet featuring Michael Blake, Giovanni Guidi and Joe Rehmer and the Trio featuring Alessandro Lanzoni and Gabriele Evangelista. Eight gigs total in twelve days. The tour started off and ended in Padova, my hometown, playing for two different jazz festivals. The first three dates (November 6/7/9) were dedicated to celebrating the release of my new quartet album entitled "OPEN"  (Elefante Rosso Music) playing in Padova at Spazio Gershwin Music School, where I currently teach, in Bari at Club 1799 directed by saxophonist Gaetano Partipilo and finally at the Bologna Jazz Festival performing at a new venue called Il Posto.

The trio tour started off at the same spot in Bologna the following day on November 10. After a 5 days gap we played again in Ferrara with a very special guest, tenor saxophonist John Ellis. He and I went to New School together a dozen years ago and we hadn't been playing since. He was touring with John Patitucci and Brian Blade and had a few days off before going back to NYC. Francesco Bettini, art director of Bologna Jazz Festival as well as the Torrione Jazz Club in Ferrara, didn't waste any time and organized everything last minute. It was a very special night, the atmosphere was that of an old fashion jazz club, filled up with musicians, young students from all over the world, music lovers and occasional customers. John played exquisitely and the rhythm section fit very well with his style.

The next day John had his flight back to the U.S. from Verona where we played as a trio at Cantine De L'Arena. After that we proceeded to Marostica at Panic Jazz Club. Here we had another great saxophonist sitting in with us, Michele Polga. The whole set was recorded and possibly one of the tunes will be included on a vynil release from the club best sets. Our last gig was at Hotel Plaza for Padova Jazz Festival. It's been a very special way to end the tour having to open up for Brad Mehldau and his Trio. Many musicians were in the audience including Mehldau, Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier, Greg Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers and Joshua Redman. The overall vibe of the festival was great making some really nice connections. Hopefully the Trio will record some time next year. Stay tuned.

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