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SIMONA PREMAZZI BIOGRAPHY
Italian pianist, composer and bandleader Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and improviser, leading her own groups as well as part of other artists` musical projects.
Premazzi`s debut album, "Looking For An Exit", a trio with Ari Hoenig and Joe Sanders, is in the prestigious Jazz Hihyo magazine among the best trio albums between 2004 and 2008.
Her very well acclaimed second album "Inside In" has been recorded with her project “The Intruders”, featuring Stacy Dillard on saxophone, bassist Ryan Berg and drummer Rudy Royston. The Intruders recently expanded to a quintet hosting in rotation other musicians as Wayne Escoffery, Josh Evans and Dayna Stephens.
Her third CD "The Lucid Dreamer", soon to be released for Inner Circle Music label, features her latest ensemble with tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer Jochen Rueckert and special guest inimitable saxophonist Greg Osby.
"Like spontaneous combustion, Simona Premazzi set the music aflame on her debut recording Looking For An Exit. She has sheer talent and also a certain presence that makes her a standout. Premazzi's playing can be forceful, delicate, humorous, or dramatic, and sometimes all within the same composition.
A promising and exciting new female pianist - composer. Bravissimo"
[Mark F. Turner].
Simona Premazzi`s music has been described as "a mix that conjugates fantasy, energy and melodic grace" [S. Pasquandrea - jazzit magazine].
"Pianist Simona Premazzi is a force to be reckoned with" [J. Hunter – All About Jazz].
"A talented composer with a knack for creating pieces with tricky yet pretty themes, often with odd or unpredictable rhythmic figures and time signatures, that still retain a string of beauty that always runs through. Simona Premazzi and The Intruders are one of the more exciting and poignant groups on the current New York scene" [Gary Heimbauer – Jazz Inside magazine].
Premazzi grew up in a small town in the north of Italy, she started playing piano at nine and after graduating in classical piano at Conservatory of music, she enrolled in the Jazz School Academy and CPM music school in Milano studying with Massimo Colombo and Franco D'Andrea.
During her student career she became part of the most interesting bands associated with the academy, including the “Mingus Fingers” septet [playing the music of Charles Mingus] and Enrico Intra`s “Big Band”, with whom she spent 4 years performing on the great Italian stages and theatres with Italian and international musicians such as Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.
She moved to New York in 2004 where she studied with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Harry Whitaker and began soon to work regularly in jazz clubs and prestigious venues.
In 2005 her quartet appeared on the television documentary “Sounds Of Harlem” for CBS. In 2007 interview and trio appearance on a special TV for Italian Television RAI “TG2 Storie”.
She plays, played and/or recorded with: Greg Osby, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, Dayna Stephens, J. D. Allen, Logan Richardson, Grant Stewart, Stacy Dillard, Phil Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Jaleel Shaw, Jason Brown, Marco Panascia, Ameen Saleem, Joe Sanders, Quincy Davis, Rodney Green, E.J. Strickland, Justin Brown, Rudy Royston, Johnathan Blake and many more.