Franco Cerri

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Jazz guitarist Franco Cerri in Milano, Italy in September 2008

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

Cerri learned to play guitar when he was 17. In 1945 he became a stable member of the group of Gorni Kramer and joined the orchestra of the television show Buone vacanze.[2] Cerri has played with many established jazz musicians, including Django Reinhardt, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Lee Konitz. He also led modern jazz quartet or quintet sided by musicians such as Tullio De Piscopo, Pino Presti, Gianluigi Trovesi, Flavio Ambrosetti and Jean-Luc Ponty,[3]

On January 1, 2006 he was knighted Commendatore della Repubblica by President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Discography[edit]

As Band Leader[edit]

  • 1952 - The Franco Cerri Quintet, with Flavio Ambrosetti
  • 1958 - Jazzin' with Cerri
  • 1959 - Franco Cerri and his European Jazz Stars, with Lars Gullin (b.sax), Flavio Ambrosetti (trp), George Gruntz (p), Karl Theodor Geier (b), Pierre Favre (d)
  • 1960 - Franco Cerri Quartet
  • 1960 - Franco Cerri Quartet and Choristers
  • 1961 - Franco Cerri International Jazz Meeting
  • 1963 - Bossa nova (Columbia, QPX 8043)
  • 1964 - Chitarra, QPX 8059)
  • 1966 - 12 bacchette per una chitarra
  • 1968 - La sera a casa con te (CGD, POP 73)
  • 1970 - Franco Cerri Jazz (Dire, FO 338)
  • 1973 - Metti una sera Cerri (Music, LPM 2012; with Nando De Luca (p), Pino Presti (elb), Tullio De Piscopo (d)
  • 1974 - From Cathetus to Cicero, with Stefano Cerri (elb) and Gianluigi Trovesi (t.sax)
  • 1975 - A Limen
  • 1975 - Querce platani e cerri
  • 1976 - Nuages (Dischi Ricordi)
  • 1976 - Franco, Tony e Pompeo (Mallobia, LP 003; with Tony Scott (clarinet) and Bunny Foy (v)
  • 1977 - Un suo modo di dire (Dire, FO 347)
  • 1978 - Noi duero
  • 1979 - Demoiselle
  • 1981 - Omaggio a Bill Evans (Dire, FO 361; with Enrico Intra (p) and Lucio Terzano) (b)
  • 1982 - Effetto Alfa
  • 1984 - Franco Cerri Today! (Dire, FO 372)
  • 1985 - From Milan to Frankfurt
  • 1990 - Jazz in Italy (with Enrico Intra quartet; Ariston Records, ARJ/701)
  • 1990 - Di jazz in jazz (Dire, FO386)
  • 1993 - Cerri & Cerri
  • 1995 - A Django, en souvenir de Milan
  • 1997 - From Milan to Brussels
  • 1998 - Images
  • 1999 - Di Jazz in Cerri...di Cerri in Jazz
  • 2000 - In punta di Cerri
  • 2003 - From Cathetus to Cicero (re-edit - CD)
  • 2004 - Ieri & oggi (re-edit of Metti Una sera Cerri + bonus tracks - CD)
  • 2006 - Just Smile with Renato Sellani (p), Gianni Basso (ts), Matteo Brancaleoni (voc), Massimo Moriconi (b), Stefano Bagnoli (dr), Fabrizio Bosso (tr), (host)
  • 2011 - Bossa with Strings (Blue Serge)
  • 2012 - Cerrimedioatutto (M.A.P. Golden Jazz)

As sideman[edit]

Sources[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. ^ "Franco Cerri". Archiviostorico.corriere.it. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2012-07-24.