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BIO


Francesco, your music is wonderful – always has been.
Play what you love and saturate the world with it.

Chick Corea

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, Farko Dosumov, Mark Ivester, D’Vonne Lewis, 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.

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.

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 Down Beat magazine.


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

MUSIC EDUCATION AND INFLUENCES

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 style influences: 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


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

DISCOGRAPHY

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, HDmenti


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

VIDEO & FILM

Music Videos – Series of Jazz videos and livestreams during COVID-19 pandemic. “PRELUDIO FLAMENCO” was selected at the 2020 Earshot Jazz Festival as part of the “Earshot Jazz: The Second Century” series.

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).


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

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.


Francesco Crosara […] has been in the Seattle area for about four years now and he really has a growing building exploding reputation in town working with some of our area’s finest musicians.

KNKX 88.5 FM

SOCIAL MEDIA


CONTACT

For information and bookings send an email to: 
info@francescojazz.com

Francesco and Dizzy Gillespie
Rome Coliseum, 1980.
Francesco and Chick Corea
Seattle 2018
Francesco and Lionel Hampton
USC Jazz, Los Angeles 1983
Francesco and Von Freeman, Rusty Jones,
Dave Marr, “COLORS” CD, Chicago 1999
Francesco and Bruce Forman
Jazz at Pearl’s, San Francisco, 1992
Francesco and Richie Cole
Honolulu, Hawaii 1990
Francesco and Lilian Terry
MIDEM Festival, Cannes, 2003
Francesco Jazz Quartet
Live Video Performance, Osaka, Japan 2009
Francesco and Osama Afifi, Jeff Busch
Bainbridge Island, WA 2019
Francesco Crosara Trio
Tula’s, Seattle, 2019
Francesco and Osama Afifi, Mark Ivester,
Cliff Colon, The Royal Room, Seattle, 2019
Francesco and Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester
The Spanish Ballroom, Tacoma, 2019
Francesco and Farko Dosumov, D’Vonne Lewis
The Royal Room, Seattle 2021
PRELUDIO FLAMENCO
Earshot Jazz Festival selection 2020
Francesco Crosara Trio
Live at Boxley’s, North Bend, WA 2021
Francesco JAZZ at The Royal Room, Seattle, 2021 Presented by Earshot Jazz