Franco Cerri

Franco Cerri
Jazz guitarist Franco Cerri in Milan, Italy, September 2008
Jazz guitarist Franco Cerri in Milan, Italy, September 2008
Background information
Born (1926-01-29) January 29, 1926 (age 94)
Milan, Italy
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, double bass
Years active 1945–present

Franco Cerri (born January 29, 1926) is an Italian guitarist and double bassist.[1]

Career

Cerri was born in Milan and learned to play guitar when he was 17. In 1945 he became a member of the group led by Gorni Kramer and joined the orchestra of the television show Buone vacanze.[2] He played double bass in addition to guitar starting in the 1950s, such as with Chet Baker and Buddy Collette. He has also played with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffin, Stéphane Grappelli, Lars Gullin, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Lou Bennett, Bud Shank, Tony Scott, Django Reinhardt, Phil Woods, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. He cites as influences Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessell, and René Thomas.[3]

Cerri has led quartets and quintets with Tullio De Piscopo, Pino Presti, Gianluigi Trovesi, Flavio Ambrosetti, and Jean-Luc Ponty.[4]

In 1980 he formed a duo with pianist Enrico Intra, with whom he founded the "Civica Scuola di Jazz" in Milan.

On January 1, 2006 he was knighted by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Discography

The Franco Cerri quintet 1973:
Nando De Luca, Franco Cerri, Giorgio Baiocco, Pino Presti, Tullio De Piscopo

As leader

  • Franco Cerri and His European Jazz Stars (Columbia, 1960)
  • International Jazz Meeting (Columbia, 1961)
  • Bossa Nova (Columbia, 1963)
  • Franco Cerri (Columbia, 1964)
  • La Sera a Casa Con Te (CGD, 1965)
  • 12 Bacchette Per 1 Chitarra (GTA, 1966)
  • 6 (Dire, 1971)
  • Metti Una Sera Cerri (1973)
  • A Limmen (Malobbia, 1975)
  • From Cathetus to Cicero (Malobbia, 1975)
  • Querce Platani e Cerri (PDU, 1975)
  • Franco Tony and Pompeo (Malobbia, 1976)
  • Nuages (Ricordi, 1976)
  • Uno Suo Modo Di Dire (Dire, 1977)
  • Franco Cerri Jazz (Dire, 1977)
  • Noi Duero (Malobbia, 1978)
  • Demoiselle (Dire, 1979)
  • Omaggio a Bill Evans (Dire, 1981)
  • Effetto Alfa (Paragon, 1983)
  • Today! (Dire, 1984)
  • From:Milan to:Frankfurt/Main Re: Jazz Twins (Dire, 1985)
  • Pregiata Ditta Dal 1980 (Ariston, 1990)
  • Cerri & Cerri (Dire, 1994)
  • En Souvenir De Milan (CDpM LION, 1995)
  • In Punta Di Cerri (MAP, 2000)
  • Jazz Italiano Live 2007 (Casa Del Jazz, 2007)
  • Cerrimedioatutto (MAP, 2011)
  • Passavo Di Qui (Musica Jazz, 2012)
  • Barber Shop (Abeat, 2014)
  • Antonio Onorato & Franco Cerri (Abeat, 2016)
  • Take the A Train with Gianni Basso (VideoRadio, 2008)
  • E Venia Da' Campi Che Di Cerri Sentia (Red, 2008)

As sideman

With Chet Baker

  • In Milan (Jazzland, 1960)
  • Chet Baker with Fifty Italian Strings (Jazzland, 1960)
  • Stella by Starlight (West Wind, 1989)

With Bruno Lauzi

  • Palla Al Centro (Numero Uno 1983)
  • Back to Jazz (Dire, 1989)
  • Lauzi Cantava Il Jazz (Musica Jazz, 2016)

With others

References

  1. ^ Librando, Diego (2004). Il jazz a Napoli: dal dopoguerra agli anni Sessanta (in Italian). Guida Editori. p. 75.
  2. ^ "Italian newsnotes". Billboard. August 1, 1960.
  3. ^ Mozzoletti, Adriano; Zenni, Stefano (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 413. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  4. ^ "Franco Cerri". Archiviostorico.corriere.it. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2012-07-24.

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