Maria Pia De Vito

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Maria Pia De Vito
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Maria Pia De Vito and Julian Arguelles (Appleby Jazz Festival 2007)
Background information
Born(1960-08-17)August 17, 1960
Naples, Italy
GenresJazz, classical, world, folk, electronic, avant-garde
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, arranger, musician
Years active1976–present
LabelsEgea, Provocateur, ECM
Associated actsRita Marcotulli, Colin Towns, Enzo Pietropaoli

Maria Pia De Vito is an Italian jazz singer, composer, and arranger.


Born 1960 in Naples, Italy, she studied opera, contemporary singing, music theory, and harmony. She started her musical career in 1976 as a singer and guitarist (and, later, as a pianist) in groups ethno-oriented, specialising in folk music from the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Since the 1980s she has been active on the jazz scene as a singer. She has worked with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Michael Brecker, Uri Caine, Peter Erskine, Paolo Fresu, Billy Hart, Maria João, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi Trovesi, Steve Turre, Miroslav Vitous, and Joe Zawinul.[1]

Between 1994 and 1997 De Vito collaborated with pianist Rita Marcotulli on the album Nauplia, in which she combined the music of her home town, Naples, with improvisation.[2]

She has often worked with the British composer Colin Towns and with pianist John Taylor.[3]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

With others

  • 292, Tino Tracanna (1990)
  • Song Tong, Paolo Damiani (1991)
  • Corsari, Claudio Lodati Dac'corda (Splasc, 1991)
  • Un Veliero All'Orizzonte, Pietro Tonolo (Egea, 1997)
  • Still Life, Colin Towns (Provocateur, 1998)
  • Dreaming Man with Blue Suede Shoes, Colin Towns (Provocateur, 1999)
  • Gesualdo, Tino Tracanna (1999)
  • Stolen Songs, Enzo Pietropaoli (1999)
  • Sacred Concert/Jazz Te Deum, Giorgio Gaslini (2002)
  • Chorale, Simone Guiducci (2003)
  • Hidden C, Henning Sieverts (2004)
  • Nowhere & Heaven, Colin Towns (2004)
  • 41st Parallel, Woodstore Quintet (2005)
  • Dialektos with Huw Warren (Parco Della Musica, 2008)
  • One Heart, Three Voices, David Linx, Diederik Wissels (E-motive, 2005)
  • 'O Pata Pata with Huw Warren, Ralph Towner (Parco Della Musica, 2011)
  • Il Brutto Anatrocolo, Giorgio Gaslini, Paolo Fresu, Benito Urgu, Orchestra Jazz Della Sardegna (Time in Jazz, 2008)[4][5]


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Maria Pia de Vito". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ De Pascale, Ernesto (1999-03-01). "CD Review: Triboh". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  3. ^ Hollingsworth, Dennis (2005-03-20). "Extended Analysis: Maria Pia De Vito: Phone". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  4. ^ "Maria Pia De Vito". Discogs. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Maria Pia de Vito | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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