Éric Legnini

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Éric Legnini
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Background information
Born (1970-02-20) February 20, 1970 (age 44)
Huy, Belgium
Genres Jazz
Occupations musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1980 – present
Labels Label Bleu, Dscograph
Associated acts Eric Legnini Trio
Members Eric Legnini (piano)
Flavio Boltro (trumpet)
Stefano Di Battista (saxophone)

Éric Legnini (born in Huy, near Liège, Belgium on 20 February 1970) is a Belgian jazz pianist and leader of the Éric Legnini Trio.[1][2]

Legnini was born in an artistic family coming from Italy. The family immigrated to Belgium, where he started playing the piano at age 6 and initiated in jazz in his teens. In 1988 he traveled to the United States for 2 years to study American jazz styles. Returning as a teacher of jazz piano at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, where he met Jacques Pelzer. The result was the Pelzer album Never Let Me Go[3] featuring Eric Legnini with guest stars Barney Wilen and Michel Graillier.

He started to play piano in the Stefano Di Battista Quartet.[4] In the 1990s, he worked with Flavio Boltro (trumpet) and Stefano Di Battista (saxophone) forming the jazz ensemble Éric Legnini Trio that caught attention in the 1990s. He has played with fellow artists like Aldo Romano, Belmondo Quintet, John Ruocco, Félix Simtaine, Michel Hatzi, Dré Palemaerts, Emanuel Cisi, Toninho Horta, Philippe Catherine, Serge Reggiani, Hein van de Geyn, Marcia Maria, Jacques Pelzer, André Ceciarelli, Éric Le Lann, Paco Sery and others. Legnini had great admiration for the works of Phineas Newborn, dedicating the piece The Memphis Dude to him. The track appears in his album Miss Soul. Legnini won "Octave de la musique jazz" in 2006 and "Instrumental album of the year" during 2011 Victoires du jazz for his album The Vox.

Discography[edit]

Éric Legnini Trio
  • 1990: Essentiels (Igloo Records IGL080)
  • 1990: Natural Balance
  • 1993: Antraigues (P Jazz)
  • 1995: Rhythm Sphere (Igloo)
  • 2005: Miss Soul (Label Bleu)
  • 2007: Big Boogaloo (Label Bleu)
  • 2009: Trippin' (B.Flat) (peaked in FRA at #103)
  • 2012: Ballads (Discograph) (peaked in FRA #55)
Eric Legnini & The Afro Jazz Beat
  • 2011: The Vox (Discograph) (peaked in FRA #113)
  • 2013: Sing Twice!" (Discograph) (peaked in FRA #139)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacques Mercier Belges en France 2006 p142 "C'est sous la double influence de Kirkland et de Hancock qu'Éric Legnini fait son retour en Belgique en 1990. Aussitôt nommé professeur de piano dans la section jazz du Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, il retrouve Jacques Pelzer avec qui il ..."
  2. ^ Bruno Demoulin, Jean-Louis Kupper Histoire de la Wallonie: de la préhistoire au XXIe siècle 2004 p375 "Échappant de peu à l'emprise liégeoise, la troisième distingue, entre autres, deux Hutois, le violoniste Jean-Pierre Catoul (1963-2001) et le pianiste Éric Legnini (1970), l'Andennaise Nathalie Loriers (1966), elle aussi rompue à l'art du clavier"
  3. ^ Igloo Records: Eric Legnini page
  4. ^ Label Bleu: Eric Legnini biography

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