Joey Calderazzo

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Joey Calderazzo
Birth name Joseph Dominick Calderazzo
Born (1965-02-27) February 27, 1965 (age 51)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1979–present
Labels Blue Note, Marsalis Music, Sunnyside
Associated acts Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis
Website joeycalderazzo.net

Joey Calderazzo (born February 27, 1965 in New Rochelle, New York) is a jazz pianist and brother of musician Gene Calderazzo.

Joseph Dominick Calderazzo began studying classical piano at age eight. His brother, Gene, got him interested in jazz. He studied with Richard Beirach and in the 1980s continued his studies at Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. At the same time, he was playing professionally with David Liebman and Frank Foster.[1]

At a music clinic he met saxophonist Michael Brecker and became part of his quintet beginning in 1987.[2] In 1990, he signed with Blue Note Records.[1] Brecker produced Calderazzo's first album, In the Door, which featured Jerry Bergonzi and Branford Marsalis, his brother's roommate in Boston. They played on his second album, To Know One, which included Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.[3]

Calderazzo appeared on Brecker's albums Tales from the Hudson and Two Blocks from the Edge as pianist and composer. He played keyboard in Marsalis's Buckshot LeFonque and contributed to his album Music Evolution. When pianist Kenny Kirkland died in 1998, Calderazzo assumed his place in the Branford Marsalis Quartet.[2] In 1999 he recorded Joey Calderazzo with John Patitucci and Jeff 'Tain' Watts.[4] He played on Marsalis's albums Contemporary Jazz, Footsteps of Our Fathers, Romare Bearden Revealed, Eternal and on the DVD Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Live in Amsterdam. Calderazzo's composition "Hope" appears on Braggtown.

He was one of the first musicians to sign with Marsalis Music, owned by Branford Marsalis. Haiku, his first solo album, appeared in 2002. His album Amanacer featured singer Claudia Acuña and guitarist Romero Lubambo. In 2011, he and Marsalis formed a duo and recorded Songs of Mirth and Melancholy.

Discography[edit]

  • 1991 To Know One (Blue Note)
  • 1991 In the Door (Blue Note)
  • 1993 The Traveler (Blue Note)
  • 1995 Secrets (AudioQuest)
  • 1996 Our Standards (Gowi)
  • 1997 Simply Music (Lost Chart)
  • 2000 Joey Calderazzo (Columbia/Sony Music Distribution)
  • 2003 Haiku (Marsalis Music)
  • 2007 Amanecer (Marsalis)
  • 2010 Refraction (Art of Life)
  • 2011 Songs of Mirth & Melancholy (EmArcy/Marsalis)
  • 2013 Live (Sunnyside)
  • 2015 Going Home (Sunnyside)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Mark (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 371. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Joey Calderazzo: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Secrets". Valley Entertainment-Sledgehammer Blues. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Astarita, Glenn (2000-06-01). "CD/LP Review: Joey Calderazzo". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Joey Calderazzo | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2016.