Originally from Italy and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Arts, drummer Luca Santaniello has been living in New York City since 2001, performing as a freelance jazz musician and collaborating with musicians from the international jazz scene. During his student career he had many excellent coaches and teachers including legend pianist Barry Harris, drummers Kenny Washington,Billy Drummond and Carl Allen.
He began his professional jazz career at the age of 14 performing and touring all over the European territory with ensembles from the Thelonious Monk Association of Jazz Music (Campobasso,Italy) such as The Rhythm Machine, Orchestra Laboratorio Thelonious Monk, and other bands and orchestras such as Ketoniche Percussions.
He has performed in the finest New York City Jazz Clubs and venues as well as toured most of Europe with several different bands that vary in a wide range of jazz styles. Since relocating to New York, he has been collaborating with musicians such as Ron Carter, Joe Lovano,Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Billy Harper , JD Allen, Harry Allen, Joe Cohn , Grant Stewart, Dave Schnitter,Terrel Stafford,Bryan Linch,Joel Frahm, Joe Magnarelli, Paul Bollenbach,Joe Martin,Ugonna Okegwo,Melissa Aldana,and many others.
Some of his appearances s a band leader include: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola w/ " The art of Trio" " Luca Santaniello plays the Music Of Nat King Cole" " Quartets" , Italian Cultural Institute NYC "Luca Santaniello Trio" and " Naples in my heart" , Paul Hall @ Lincoln Center " Luca Santaniello 6et"
His recording credits include: Chihiro Yamanaka "Running Wild" Verve/Universal , Emanuele Cisi "Where or When" Max Jazz USA, Carlos Abaide "Vol 2" Thruth Revolution Records.
Luca Santaniello's bebop influenced style coupled with his deep classical training has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz.
His exposure to dynamic modes of playing and to musicians with accumulated experiences only promoted the development of his own distinct musical personality.