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Tony Pancella

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Tony comes from a family of musicians: his grandfather was a violinist, his grandmother a pianist, his father a jazz pianist. At six he played the piano by ear. He began performing as a professional at the age of 18 as a percussionist of a Renaissance music complex. At 22 he formed his jazz group. Two years later he attended a long course with Max Roach who chose him from all the participants to be accompanied in the final concert.

In 1989 he won the 1st Prize at the Competition for new talents of Jazz organized by "Music Inn", RAI Radiouno and Umbria Jazz. In 1990 he won the 1st Prize as the best emerging Italian group at the 7th Competition Exhibition organized in Forlì (paired with Pierpaolo Pecoriello). In 1991 he performed in New York with saxophonist Virginia Mayhew and studied with Larry Willis and James Williams .

He has performed in concert activities in the most famous jazz festivals in Italy, the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Israel, Switzerland, France, Greece, Turkey, England, Japan . He has participated in radio and television programs in Italy and abroad.

Tony has played and collaborated with jazz greats: Lee Konitz, Buddy DeFranco, Phil Woods, Bobby Durham, Ray Mantilla, Steve Turre, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Scott, Jimmy Knepper, Cameron Brown, Keith Copeland, John Moscow, Leon Parker, Bobby Durham, Eliot Zigmund, Helen Merrill, Kevin Mahogany, Joshua Breakstone. He has released CDs for various record labels including YVP (Germany), Philology, Splasch, OragneParkRecords (Italy), Mapleshade Records, MG Music (United States).

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