Italian Jazz on the Road

College of Music of Rome, the best known and most renowned music education organization in Italy proposes Italian Jazz on the Road 2015, with the contribution of MiBact (Ministry of Cultural Heritage), which took 40 young musicians on a European tour, from Rome to London, Helsinki to Barcelona, Maastricht to Aalborg.

An ambitious international cooperation project to provide a special outlet and European opening for new Italian jazz, which will debut in September 2015 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

Jazz italiano on the road 2015. Eight groups are participating, from duos to orchestral ensembles. Heterogeneous repertoires, for concerts in which jazz is contaminated with funk, songwriting or Mediterranean.

Saint Louis Combo feat. Saint Louis Voices Section, diretto dal M° Antonio Solimene / Three for Play / Lala & Sade duo / Mario Nappi Trio / A-Trio / Giovanni Candia Trio / The Melody Makers, feat. Marco Siniscalco / Bipolary Jazz Duo / Vittorio Solimene.

Five are the top European Institutes of Higher Art Education, already partners of Saint Louis in other pioneering projects, who have enthusiastically agreed to be hosts of the European stages, hosting the concerts in beautiful locations inside or outside their facilities:

  • Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance- Londra, Regno Unito
  • Metropolia- Helsinki, Finland
  • Conservatorium Maastricht- Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg- Aalborg, Denmark
  • Liceu Conservatory – Barcelona, Spain

All in all, Italian Jazz on the Road (2015) performed 30 concerts all over Europe!



Saint Louis COMBO
Directed by M° Antonio Solimene


Young, light, dynamic, modular, energetic! These, the main features of the Saint Louis Combo, one of the most talented, exciting and spectacular groups spread by the “talent factories” of Saint Louis itself. All the energy of a Big Band in pocket size.

Currently the instrumental combo, always ready to adapt to new collaborations, works closely with the Saint Louis Voices section to offer audiences a repertoire in which jazz brass meets the innovative vocal arrangements of this 6-voice ensemble in which the voice itself becomes an instrument.

Antonio Solimene is head of the Jazz Arrangement and Ear Training courses at Saint Louis College fo Music. Alongside his teaching activities, he is a conductor inside and outside the Institute. He has been conducting all Saint Louis orchestras (Big Band, Combo, Little and Medium Combo) since 2008.

Three for Play

It is a fresh, young, fledgling trio that began its musical journey in 2014.
His goals include making music in line with the most modern jazz trends, but respectful of tradition.

His repertoire ranges from jazz masterpieces (W. Shorter, P. Metheny, T. Thielemans) to original compositions by pianist Vittorio Solimene, who, at only 17 years old, is emerging to the general public as the new enfant prodige of Italian jazz.

Vittorio Solimene was born in Naples in 1998. He began studying piano at the age of 12 and is currently attending the third academic year of the Jazz Degree at the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome.He has played at prestigious festivals and venues such as Auditorium Parco della Musica, Jazzit Fest, Teatro dell’Angelo with Dino Piana and Gianni Coscia, Teatro Elsa Morante with the well-known singer Gegé Telesforo. He participated in the renowned Siena Jazz (2015) and Tuscia in Jazz (2013) workshops.

Alessio Baldelli was born in Rome in 1989. He began his drum studies at the age of 13, developing an early passion for rock, and especially for bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, as well as funk. Through his course at Saint Louis College of Music under Claudio Mastracci, he became acquainted with other musical genres such as jazz and Afro-Cuban music, which would become the object of in-depth technical study for him.

He participated in several specialization workshops, such as Siena Jazz, where he had the opportunity to study with such musicians as Thomas Lang, Gregg Bissonette, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe la Barbera, David Binney, Franco D’Andrea, Mark Guiliana, Jeff Ballard, and Roberto Gatto.

Dario Piccioni, a bassist and double bassist born in Rome, completed his jazz studies at leading music schools in the capital. He majored in Anthropology and participated in jazz workshops with leading artists of the international jazz scene.

Melody Makers
with Marco Siniscalco

Created as a professional musical ensemble within the Saint Louis College of Music, The Melody Makers is the inspired and inspiring meeting of four incredibly talented music students at the end of their education with renowned international bassist Marco Siniscalco.

Marco has provided the group with a repertoire composed entirely of his original compositions, in which the marked rhythmic characteristics blend seamlessly with Latin/Mediterranean-inspired melodic ones. The vocals become instruments, exploring with the rest of the group an expressive freedom typical of jazz and oddball tempos.

Marco Siniscalco graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1990. He has worked with many artists in the jazz and pop scene, such as. Javier Girotto, Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Antonello Salis, Stefano Di Battista, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Wheeler, Tony Scott, Dick Halligan, George Garzone, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Carmen Consoli, Il Volo, Fiorella Mannoia, Claudio Baglioni, Peppe Servillo, Patti Smith, Dulce Pontes.

As an assistant he has played in many orchestras (including the RAI-TV orchestra at the Sanremo Italian Song Festival) conducted by Gianni Ferrio, Ritz Ortolani, Eumir Deodato, accompanying world-class artists such as George Benson and Michael Bolton. As a leader he has created many personal projects, including “Partenope” with Antonella De Grossi, “Quartetto Nazionale” with Marco Rinalduzzi, Sandro Centofanti and Marcello Surace, and “RadioTrio” with Enrico Zanisi and Emanuele Smimmo. He also produces music for commercials and films for the FlipperMusic label.

Giovanni Candia trio

Giovanni Candia – guitar, Fabrizio Cucco – bass guitar, Matteo Bultrini – drums.

The three musicians come from similar paths of study concerning the language and tradition of jazz. With this trio, they explore a repertoire ranging from traditional jazz to original compositions and some reworkings of pop songs. Moving away from the classic jazz guitar trio, they seek a distinctive sound based on developing the harmonious possibilities of the guitar.

Giovanni Candia is a jazz guitarist, composer and teacher. Over the years, he has played in several bands, including outside jazz music. Over the years, he has played in several bands, including outside jazz music.

This interest has stayed with him throughout his studies for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Studies, and the topic of “crossover in contemporary jazz” has become the subject of investigation for his graduate course in jazz guitar. He is currently working on an original repertoire arranged for trio and quartet.

Fabrizio Cucco studied electric bass at the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome, earning a first-class degree. Although very young he has already played with well-known Italian musicians such as Maurizio Giammarco, Bernardo Lanzetti (PFM ’75-’79), Rosario Giuliani, Greg, Joey Garrison, Piero Fabrizi (Fiorella Mannoia’s producer and guitarist), Pietro Cantarelli (Mannoia, Fossati, Bersani).

Matteo Bultrini, born in Rome in 1991, began his drum studies when he was only 8 years old. He then continued his studies at the Saint Louis College of Music, under the guidance of renowned Italian drummer Claudio Mastracci. At the same time he studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, studying with the famous Roberto Gatto. For the past two years he has also studied with Greg Hutchinson.

Mario Nappi trio

Mario Nappi – piano, Corrado Cirillo – double bass, Luca Mignano – drums.

A young, newly perceived trio with improvisational geometries drawn from African American jazz, bringing it back to the present day with a certain spontaneity and maturity. The end result is a continuous syncretism of African American, Neapolitan, and modernism, with an interplay and trio breathing in its totality as a unique human being.

The compositions are characterized by a late Romantic vein, testifying to the European matrix common to the three young musicians belonging to the national jazz scene. A wind of freshness and new sounds.

Mario Nappi was born in Naples and began studying music as a young man, focusing on piano and later on vocal and instrumental composition. He graduated in piano and composition from the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples.

Corrado Cirillo was born in Naples in 1984. He graduated in double bass from the Naples Conservatory of Music under the guidance of M° Ermanno Calzolari.
Very active on the live scene with various line-ups, often collaborates with national and regional television broadcasts.

Luca Mignano was born in Naples in 1991. He began studying at age 11 under Sergio Di Natale and continued with Gregory Hutchinson.

Despite his young age, he has played in many important national and international festivals such as MAASTRICHT JAZZ FESTIVAL (Netherlands) and JAMMIN’FESTIVA (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome). As a sideman he performs extensively live and has been awarded with both national and international competitions. His live and recording collaborations include Javier Girotto, Saint Louis Big Band, Rosario Giuliani, Maria Pia De Vito, Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea.

Bipolary jazz duo

Biancamaria Scoccia – vocals Alessandro Donadei – guitar

Physics teaches us that two opposite poles attract each other, and just like two magnets Alessandro Donadei and Biancamaria Scoccia meet in their shared love of music to give birth to the Bipolary Jazz duo.

Bianca’s chunky and powerful performance blends with Alexander’s impeccable technique and accuracy of sound, thus creating unique textures that capture the listener in hypnotic magnetism. They find expression in the standard jazz tradition, experimenting with original furnishings while leaving plenty of room for improvisation.

During its European tour as part of Italy’s Jazz on the Road Festival, the duo offers modern and refined arrangements of jazz standards, partly with the support of loop stations, vocal effects and Ableton Live.

Biancamaria Scoccia was born in L’Aquila in 1993. He showed an interest in music from an early age, starting to study piano and music theory at the age of 8. Four years later he committed himself to vocal studies, joining a small musical company.

After small professional experiences in his hometown, ranging from rock to blues, he was introduced to the world of jazz through participation in some summer workshops. She began jazz vocal studies at Saint Louis College of Music at the age of 17, under the guidance of singers, composers and educators Federica Zammarchi, Susanna Stivali and Elisabetta Antonini.

His passion for jazz grew and he began to understand its complex language while studying harmony, solfege, improvisation, and furniture at the same time, He is currently preparing for his final year and the completion of his first academic diploma cycle in jazz vocal.

Alessandro Donadei was born in Bari, Italy, in 1990. Raised in a surrounding family connected to the art world, he came to music at a very young age. At the age of 6, he began classical guitar studies. He then moved into the world of rock/blues, becoming interested in virtuoso “shredders” such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

These are also the years of his first live experiences, professional in southern Italy with local bands. After secondary school, he enrolled at Saint Louis College of Music to expand his musical language through jazz studies under guitarists Umberto Fiorentino and Nico Stufano. He is currently in his second 1st cycle academic year of jazz guitar studies.

Lala & Sade

Laura Lala – vocals, Sade Mangiaracina – piano

Lala & Sade is an intimate, cozy but powerful project that feeds on the two Sicilian artists’ shared passion for jazz and improvisation on the one hand and “songs” on the other.

Together they have produced two albums already, “Pure Songs” and “Even Crumbs Have a Taste…” (Creams, too, can be tasty…) both warmly received at the Italian level by audiences and reviews.

On their European tour they will present a repertoire composed entirely of their original compositions. They will share their stories, their little worlds, their “lumps,” in Italian, English or Sicilian, whispering directly in music to those who are able to open their ears and hearts.

Laura Lala studied jazz vocals with Maria Pia De Vito at the Brass Group in Palermo, her hometown, where she was born and raised. At the same school he studied jazz piano and ensemble lessons with Salvatore Bonafede. In 2005 she graduated with honor from DAMS (Faculty of Art and Music) in Palermo, writing a thesis under the guidance of musicologist Marcello Piras, for whom she later worked as an assistant.

He then moved to Rome and studied with Cinzia Spata at the Saint Louis College of Music to perfect his knowledge of jazz. He has attended several specialty workshops, studying with Norma Winstone, Mark Murohy, Kathleen Perry, Susanne Abbhuel, Sheila Jordan, Bob Stoloff.

Sade Mangiaracina was born in Trapani, Sicily. He began studying classical piano at the age of 7. From age 9 to 18, he participated in numerous national and international classical music competitions, always achieving outstanding results. After secondary school he moved to Rome to complete his jazz studies, earning an honors degree from the Percentomusica school.

In recent times she has been performing with many famous Italian pop and jazz artists, such as Simona Molinari and Fabrizio Bosso who frequently play in France (Paris, Marciac jazz festival, St Germain des Pres), opening Dionne Warwick’s Italian tour, and playing in the most prestigious European festivals, theaters and clubs.


Gianluca Massetti – piano, Dario Giacovelli – bass, Moreno Maugliani – drums

A-Trio was born in 2012 from a natural, spontaneous friendship, being the meeting of three young musicians who share the same passion for all types of music, but for jazz in particular.
This love of heart is clear in their composition, where they combine simple melodies and rhythmic energy, touching on contemporary musical genres.

The trio has participated in numerous national competitions and festivals and in September 2015 recorded their first live EP in Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, with Javier Girotto and Rosario Giuliani as special guests.

Along with their original compositions, their repertoire ranges from reinterpretations of famous songs and jazz standards in a modern key.

Dario Giacovelli was born in 1990 in southern Italy. Began studying electric bass guitar in 2003. In 2008 he moved to Rome where he began a course of music study at Saint Louis College of Music, which allowed him to learn more about various genres including funk, jazz, soul, pop, r&b, Latin, electronic, Mediterranean music, playing in orchestras, as well as accompanying gospel and jazz choirs.

In 2014 he began studying double bass. He has also participated in several national jazz specialization workshops, awarded scholarships and prizes in both Umbria Jazz and Fara Sabina Fest. He is currently very active in the national jazz scene, playing with the trio in clubs and festivals, but also collaborating with famous jazz and pop artists.

Gianluca Massetti, born in 1990, began his musical studies at the age of 7 and started playing in front of audiences very early, immediately beginning to compose his own songs and approaching modern composition.

Over the years he has acquired a multi-stylistic training through his studies at Saint Louis College of Music, approaching musical styles such as jazz, Latin, pop, rock, blues, gospel, funk, fusion, soul and big band music by actively practicing and performing within the resident orchestra. He has been awarded numerous scholarships.

He has recorded for RAI (italian national tv broadcast) and collaborated with leading national pop artists traveling with them throughout Italy and Europe.

Moreno Maugliani was born in 1985. He began studying in St. Louis at the age of 22, following a multi-stylistic path at first, then specializing and earning his final degree in Jazz Drums and Percussions. He works as a recording and live session drummer with famous Italian pop artists.

In the jazz context he is very active with the A-trio, with which he is developing an original musical project that is gaining wide acceptance at festivals and competitions.

Jazz italiano on the road calendario eventi


September 9

Saint Louis Combo
feat. Gegé Telesforo

feat. Rosario Giuliani and Javier Girotto


12 October

Lala & Sade
Mario Nappi trio

13 October

A-trio (opening Metropolia Big Band)

14 October

Bipolary jazz duo
Giovanni Candia trio

16 October

Three for play
Saint Louis Combo

20 November

The Melody Makers


14 October

Three for Play
Saint Louis Combo


9 October

Bipolary Jazz duo
The Melody Makers

17 October

Three for Play
Saint Louis Combo


9 November

Lala & Sade
Mario Nappi trio

10 November

Bipolary jazz duo

11 November

Giovanni Candia trio


14 October

Three for Play
Saint Louis Combo

10 November

Mario Nappi trio


10 December

Bipolary Jazz duo, The Melody Makers, A-trio, Giovanni Candia trio, Lala & Sade

Photos and Videos

Saint Louis Combo @ Helsinki
Saint Louis Combo + Three for Play @ London
Saint Louis Combo @ Barcelona
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