2024 Interview: “Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noontime Hang”

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Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noontime Hang, featuring FRANCESCO CROSARA, pianist, composer, educator!

Streamed live on Feb 26, 2024
Cathy Segal-Garcia’s Noontime Hang, featuring
FRANCESCO CROSARA, pianist, composer, educator!
(My 570th day’s guest!)

My special guest today, 2/26/24 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Francesco Crosara is a Seattle area based Italian jazz pianist, composer and educator routinely performing in a variety of formations. Crosara’s original music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical Conservatory training in Rome, bouncy lyrical expression along with strong Latin influences. His main jazz 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, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, Von Freeman, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, 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. Since 2017, the Pacific Northwest can claim Crosara’s talents, too, as he’s demonstrated an eagerness to contribute to the local scene. Francesco was selected to perform at the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and has been featured two years in a row in the trend-setting Earshot Jazz: The Second Century series for his bold and innovative music composition and video editing work. Equally adept with acoustic and electric jazz concepts, Crosara routinely headlines trios and quartets with the area’s top musicians. Francesco has produced 6 international jazz albums over the last three decades 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. Crosara also serves as Vice President and Education chair on the Board of Directors of the Music Discovery Center (MDC), a non-profit organization based in Bremerton, WA, dedicated to creating an inclusive space for community members to experience, explore, and contribute to the world of music through education, performance, and mentorship. Please visit : www.francescojazz.com


COMING DAYS: Keep an eye out for special LIVE guests! Vocalist/curator/educator/composer/producer Cathy Segal-Garcia hosts “Noontime Facebook Hangs”, featuring casual interviews on Facebook and Youtube with successful music professionals, mostly jazz.
for more info and Future guests