Franco Cerri

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Franco Cerri
Franco Cerri photo.jpg
Jazz guitarist Franco Cerri in Milan, Italy, September 2008
Background information
Born (1926-01-29) January 29, 1926 (age 93)
Milan, Italy
InstrumentsGuitar, double bass
Years active1945–present

Franco Cerri (born January 29, 1926) is an Italian guitarist and double bassist. He is considered one of the most important European jazz musicians.[1]


Cerri was born in Milan and learned to play guitar when he was 17. In 1945 he became a member of the group led by Gorni Kramer and joined the orchestra of the television show Buone vacanze.[2] He played double bass in addition to guitar starting in the 1950s, such as with Chet Baker and Buddy Collette. He has also played with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffin, Stéphane Grappelli, Lars Gullin, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Lou Bennett, Bud Shank, Tony Scott, Django Reinhardt, Phil Woods, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. He cites as influences Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessell, and René Thomas.[3]

Cerri has led quartets and quintets with Tullio De Piscopo, Pino Presti, Gianluigi Trovesi, Flavio Ambrosetti, and Jean-Luc Ponty.[4]

On January 1, 2006 he was knighted by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.


The Franco Cerri quintet 1973:
Nando De Luca, Franco Cerri, Giorgio Baiocco, Pino Presti, Tullio De Piscopo

As leader[edit]

  • 1961 International Jazz Meeting (Columbia)
  • 1964 Franco Cerri (Columbia)
  • 1965 La sera a casa con te (CGD)
  • 1973 Metti una sera Cerri
  • 1975 A Limen
  • 1975 From Cathetus to Cicero
  • 1975 Querce platani e cerri
  • 1976 Franco, Tony e Pompeo (Mallobia)
  • 1976 Nuages (Dischi Ricordi)
  • 1977 Un suo modo di dire (Dire)
  • 1977 Franco Cerri Jazz (Dire)
  • 1978 Noi duero
  • 1979 Demoiselle
  • 1981 Omaggio a Bill Evans (Dire)
  • 1984 Today! (Dire)
  • 1985 From Milan to Frankfurt (Dire)
  • 1994 Cerri & Cerri (Dire)
  • 1995 En Souvenir de Milan

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Librando, Diego (2004). Il jazz a Napoli: dal dopoguerra agli anni Sessanta (in Italian). Guida Editori. p. 75.
  2. ^ "Italian newsnotes". Billboard. August 1, 1960.
  3. ^ Mozzoletti, Adriano; Zenni, Stefano (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 413. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  4. ^ "Franco Cerri". 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2012-07-24.