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“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”
John Janowiak, DownBeat Magazine
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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.
Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara is a Seattle area based 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, Osama Afifi, Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, Jeff Busch, Milo Petersen, Steven Bentley, and more.
A master of Jazz improvisation, Francesco’s piano style mixes a strong romantic vein from his classical training at the Music Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome with bouncy lyrical expression in the jazz and Latin idioms.
Since 1992, Francesco has produced 6 international jazz albums ranging from straight-ahead to fusion and Latin. Featured guest artists include Von Freeman, Lilian Terry, Dave Marr, Rusty Jones, Paulinho Garcia, Dean Taba, Noel Okimoto, Yasushi Gonjo, Larry Marshall, Miles Jackson, Eric Kurtz, and more. His 2000 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. Lilian’s memoirs, “Dizzy, Duke, Brother Ray, and Friends“, (2017-University of Illinois Press) received a highly positive review from DownBeat magazine and others.
Francesco studied Classical Piano, Music Theory & Composition 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 became a permanent member of the USC jazz big band through his college years. 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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Seattle & Pacific Northwest 2017-present – Currently performing in different configurations, primarily as jazz piano trio and quartet formats, featuring top musicians from the Pacific Northwest.
In the photo at right, the new Francesco Crosara Trio performed at the Spanish Ballroom, in the McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma, featuring Seattle luminaries Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums.
In the photo at left, in October 2019 Francesco showcased the premiere of the new FrancescoJAZZ Quartet at The Royal Room, Seattle, WA, featuring a high energy ensemble with Cliff Colón on tenor and soprano sax, Osama Afifi on electric bass, and Mark Ivester on drums.
In the photo at right, in August 2019, Francesco had the opportunity to present the FrancescoJAZZ Trio during the final weeks of programming at the revered and now defunct Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle WA, featuring Osama Afifi on acoustic & electric bass, and Steven Bentley on drums.
In July 2019, the FrancescoJAZZ band was selected to perform in the series Earshot Jazz – The Second Century, held in the historic Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, again featuring Osama Afifi on acoustic & electric bass, and Steven Bentley on drums.
From the Earshot Jazz review: “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
In the photo at right, in April 2019 the Francesco Crosara Trio performed original music as part of the eclectic First Sundays Concert Series in Bainbridge Island, WA, featuring Osama Afifi on electric & acoustic bass, and Jeff Busch on drums and Brazilian percussion.
In the photo at left, Francesco performed with the Jazz Impressions quartet in a 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 the Jazz Impressions trio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MEDIA & FILM
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).
WORKSHOPS / TEACHING
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,
Colors (1999), featuring Von Freeman,
Emotions (2003), featuring Lilian Terry,
Notes (2008), piano solo live in Hawaii,
Kurama (2009), live in Japan,
Concerto (2011), live in Italy,