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Mare Nostrum: Fresu - Galliano – Lundgren
Jan Lundgren, born in Kristianstad in southern Sweden on March 22nd 1966, and raised in Ronneby, Blekinge, had his first piano lessons at age five. He was soon discovered to have an exceptional musical talent. After a long period of classical training, he discovered jazz more or less by chance in the late 1980’s. He was instantly hooked, rapidly absorbed the jazz piano tradition from Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner to Bud Powell and Bill Evans, and acquired a depth of knowledge of the Great American Songbook like possibly no other European jazz pianist.
While sailing through his studies at the renowned Royal College of Music in Malmö, he also took up a busy schedule as a professional musician that quickly helped to build his rep...
Paolo Fresu is a jazz trumpet player from Berchidda, Sardinia. His main musical influence is probably Miles Davis, but he has also experimented fusion of different genres (e.g. he has released a CD in collaboration with gypsy Balkan brass ensemble Kocani Orkestar). He has published several CDs with different ensembles (Paolo Fresu Quartet, Paolo Fresu Quintet, etc.) and in collaboration with various artists. He is very active touring in Sardinia, Italy and Europe and organizes the yearly Berchidda Jazz Festival in his native town in North Sardinia. Read more on Last.fm . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
Richard Galliano is a Franco-Italian accordionist. He was born in December 1950 in Le Cannet in the very south of France, near Nice. At the age of four he started playing piano and accordion, following his Italian father Lucien.
Galliano has played with the most famous international artists and jazzmen including Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Jan Garbarek, Michel Petrucciani, Michel Portal, Toots Thielemans, and Claude Nougaro.
In 1983 Astor Piazzolla invited Galliano to be the bandoneon soloist at the Comédie Française in his incidental music for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This marked the beginning of a friendship between the two that lasted until Piazzolla's death in 1992. Read more on Last.fm . User-cont...