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FrancescoJAZZ is the brand name of Francesco Crosara’s musical concepts. Its vision is to provide a source of joy, comfort, escape and healing through original jazz compositions, improvisation, and jazz standards revisited. The mission of FrancescoJAZZ is to guide the listeners into a musical journey that provokes a variety of emotions, and ultimately, has a positive impact on their lives.

Francesco and Dizzy Gillespie, Coliseum in Rome, 1980

Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara is a jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy. He has performed with Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, Mark Lewis, and more.

Francesco has produced 6 jazz albums recorded internationally over the course of over two decades, featuring guest artists such as Von Freeman and Lilian Terry. His album “Colors” received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine.

Francesco’s mother, Lilian Terry, was one of Europe’s foremost jazz vocalists across four decades.  Also a TV/radio personality, and educator in Italy, she recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, and with Tommy Flanagan, and co-founded the Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music in Bassano, Italy.  See Lilian’s memoirs, “Dizzy, Duke, Brother Ray, and Friends“, (2017-University of Illinois Press).

Francesco is based in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

Francesco and Chick Corea, Seattle , 2018

Francesco studied Classical piano & Theory at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, followed by private studies in Jazz Harmony, Composition and Improvisation in Italy.

In 1981 he attended USC in Los Angeles where he was a permanent member of the USC jazz big band. Main music influences were family friends Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea.


Piano styles: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul.

Other jazz influences: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Return To Forever, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny


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Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle, August 2019

Seattle Area 2017-now – Currently performing in different configurations, primarily as jazz piano trio format, featuring top musicians from the Pacific Northwest.  In photo at right, performed as FrancescoJAZZ Trio at Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle WA, featuring Osama Afifi on acoustic & electric bass, and Steven Bentley on drums.  

Earshot’s Second Century Concerts, Chapel Perf.Space, Seattle, July 2019

FrancescoJAZZ was selected to perform in the July 2019 series Earshot Jazz- The Second Century:  “Pianist Francesco Crosara’s eclectic brand of jazz was born from early classical studies in harmony and composition at the Conservatory of Rome, steeped in the tradition of Italian and European romantic musical heritage, and honed by exposure to mainstream jazz and world music. His style is heavily influenced by improvisation and bouncy lyrical expressions drawn from jazz and Latin vocabularies. 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

Francesco with Osama Afifi and Jeff Busch, Bainbridge Island, April 2019

In the photo at right, the Francesco Crosara Trio performing at the First Sundays Concert Series in Bainbridge Island, WA, with Osama Afifi on bass and Jeff Busch on drums and percussion. 

Jazz Impressions Quartet, Admiral Theater, Bremerton, 2017

In the bottom photo, benefit concert for the Lions Club 30th Annual Dinner & Auction at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton, WA, featuring Jeff Winslow on saxes, flute & clarinet, Derick Polk on acoustic bass, and Glenn Young on drums.  Current schedule includes Friday nights in Keyport, WA, with Jazz Impressions trio.

Francesco and Noel Okimoto,
KHPR/KIPO Hawaii Public Radio, Honolulu, 2014

Hawaii 2014 – Piano/vibraphone duet and recording live at KHPR/KIPO National Public Radio, Honolulu.  Featuring vibraphonist Noel Okimoto.  World premiere perfomance of Francesco’s original composition “Harmony Suite”.

Italy 2011 – Benefit piano trio concert and recording sponsored by the Associazione HDmenti in Valdagno (Vicenza). Featuring drummer Mauro Beggio and bassist Edu Hebling.

Francesco and Yasushi Gonjo, Eric Wiegmann,
Larry Marshall, at Wazz, Osaka, Japan, 2009

Japan 2009 – Second Japan tour in September 2009 for a series of performances in Kyoto and Osaka, including participation in the Kansai Music Conference Showcase. Francesco featured music from his new CD release “KURAMA”, recorded live in Japan in October 2008. He was joined by a fine group of musicians from Kansai, including Yasushi Gonjo on acoustic bass, Larry Marshall on drums and Eric Weigmann on percussion and drums.

Japan 2008 – Appearance at Jazz On Top Club in Osaka, Japan, on October 25, with drummer Larry Marshall and bassist Yasushi Gonjo. One night only special trio performance and recording session.

Francesco and Lilian Terry, MIDEM, Cannes, France, 2003

Mexico 2005 & 2006 – Featured artist at the 2006 Morelia Jazztival. Performance at the Teatro Ocampo in Morelia, Michoacan, with tenor sax Juan Alzate, Cuban percussion master Roberto Vizcaino and rhythm session quintet.

France 2003 – Piano trio concert with Lilian Terry and at the MIDEM 2003 Festival in Cannes to present their new CD “Emotions” released by “TCB the Montreux Jazz Label”.

Los Angeles 2002 – Performances at jazz clubs with: Don Menza, John Heard, Ralph Penland, Mayuto Correa.

France 2001 – Performance with Lilian Terry at Chateauvallon jazz festival and at Nice jazz clubs.

Dave Marr, Rusty Jones, Von Freeman, and Francesco,
“Colors” CD release party, Pops for Champagne, Chicago, 1999

Chicago 1997-2000 – Performances at jazz clubs with: Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, and Roy Hargrove.  During that period, Francesco recorded his two album projects “COLORS” and “EMOTIONS”, featuring Von Freeman on tenor sax, Lilian Terry on vocals, Dave Marr on bass, and Rusty Jones on drums.

Hawaii 1995-1996 – Musical theater performances at Honolulu Theatre award winning productions of “Grand Hotel” and Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song”.

San Francisco 1992 – Performed at Jazz at Pearl’s with guitar virtuoso Bruce Forman, bassist Tim Hauff, and drummer Vince Latiano.

Francesco and Bruce Forman,
Jazz at Pearl’s, San Francisco, 1992

Spain 1992 – Selected as duet with drummer Eric Kurtz to join 40 artists to represent Hawaii at the US Pavilion in occasion of the Universal Expo’92 in Seville, Spain. Performances at the Belgian and New Zealand Pavilions.

Hawaii 1990 – Performance at Leeward Jazz Festival with quartet. Special guest appearance by alto madness founder Richie Cole.

Francesco and Lionel Hampton,
USC Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1983

Hawaii 1988-1993 – Member of saxophonist Gabe Baltazar’s jazz quartet. Performances at festivals, clubs, and appearances on Hawaiian TV.

Los Angeles 1981-1984 – While attending university at USC, Francesco performed regularly with the University’s Jazz Ensemble featuring guest stars such as Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Shew and Bill Magnuson.

Mexico 1983 – Performances at 2 editions of the Morelia jazz festival sponsored by the University of Michoacan.

Italy 1981 – Performances at Jazz Festivals in Bassano, San Marino and Campobasso. Also featured on Italian TV among a selected group of emerging young artists.


Corporate Media – Series of corporate shorts for SAP (2013) and original music score for short feature “My Life at SAP” (2014).

TV – Live jazz performances in trio and quartet format broadcast in Hawaii (1993 & 1994).

Film – Original music score for “The Teeny Tinies” a 3-D animation film pilot.

Advertising – Commercial Jingles for Hawaiian Host Chocolate radio spots (1994)

Fine Arts – Music score, companion DVD for art book: “Sergio Zen – La Pittura Come Pratica Esistenziale, Carte Dipinte 1957-2007” (2008).



Morelia, Mexico 2005 & 2006 – Conducted master classes in improvisation at the Universidad Michoacana San Nicholas De Hidalgo and at the Conservatory of Music Las Rosas.

Hawaii 1992-1996 – With the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program, Francesco performed to enthusiastic audiences around the rainbow state bringing jazz education to schools, correctional institutions, libraries and public parks.

Indiana 1997-1998 – served as Instructor of Piano Improvisational Technique in the Applied Music Program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.



Energy (1992), debut album,
Power Wave Records

Colors (1999), featuring Von Freeman,
Southport Records

Emotions (2003), featuring Lilian Terry,
TCB Montreux Jazz Label

Notes (2008), piano solo live in Hawaii,
Crosara Creative

Kurama (2009), live in Japan,
Crosara Creative

Concerto (2011), live in Italy,


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