A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.”
Down Beat Magazine
NEW CD RELEASE
“CIRCULAR MOTION” (Origin/OA2 Records, 2024) – Video trailer
From a lifetime of music creation, Seattle-based Italian pianist & composer Francesco Crosara selected 10 of his compositions from the last 40 years with the idea of highlighting the nexus between early work, with its simplicity and youthful appeal, to later works where he expressed richer harmonic textures and possibilities.
Francesco Crosara is a Seattle based Italian jazz pianist, composer and educator, typically performing in a range of formats, from solo, duet, trio, quartet, or more. Originally from Milan, Italy, Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. His major piano influences are Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Herbie Hancock.
Crosara stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Don Menza, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians. He has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.
ON THE AIR
Special two-part series on KNKX 88.5 FM broadcasted on Sunday, April 24th and May 1st 2022. Listen to Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest program, featuring eight tracks from the Jazz Piano Duets Concert with Francesco Crosara and Bill Anschell at Stage 7 Pianos in Kirkland, WA(Podcast replay available on KNKX)
Includes CDs, MP3s, collaborations, and compilations. Click on each CD image to view the details.
View Francesco’s music photos through the years. from performances across the world, to family photos with jazz greats, to poster artwork and more
Francesco with Chick Corea
QUOTES & REVIEWS
“Francesco, your music is wonderful – always has been. Play what you love and saturate the world with it.”Chick Corea
“Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a “living language” that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.”Earshot Jazz
“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.”Down Beat Magazine
“the kind of sensitive swing seldom heard since Bill Evans. Crosara’s rubato meanderings are precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic daring.”Jazz Times Magazine
“The piano echoes notes like twinkling stars, beauty surrounded by silence. […] You’ll dance through your tears and love the loneliness, I did.”Jazz Improv Magazine
“Francesco Crosara proves he is a pianist with expert chops and broad interests. […] Crosara has an awareness of world music but a firm grounding in the modern jazz vernacular. His major piano influences are unsurprising: Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Like them, he has an interest in electric as well as acoustic jazz.”All About Jazz
“Francesco Crosara has been a world traveler in both his life and his music. He is a strikingly original pianist who displays his own inventive style while reviving standards and debuting new suites.”Scott Yanow