Ferdinando Argenti

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Ferdinando Argenti

Ferdinando ArgentiFERDINANDO ARGENTI , Boston-based pianist/keyboardist/ vocalist / composer / arranger , was born in Pisa , Italy , in 1954 .At age 7 , this multi-faceted artist began studying piano until he entered high school, during which time he gained experience playing with Italian rock bands ( although in the meantime listening to his fatherís American swing records ), and even won a national musical contest and appeared on Italian television.

He continued to play music while a student of languages at the University of Pisa . At age 20 , Ferdinando began working as a full-time professional musician, touring most of Europe for 10 years as a pianist , keyboardist , vocalist and small group arranger in clubs , hotels and on cruise ships. During this time he developed a more comprehensive understanding of jazz and fusion music and wished to learn more about it at the ďsource.Ē

In 1984 , he left Europe for the United States , where he furtherly developed his jazz piano with Ray Santisi and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. During this period , Argenti returned to his native Italy to perform in many 
jazz concerts with both Italian and American jazz musicians , most notably 
Chet Baker , Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler . Among the Italian jazz musicians he played with, we should mention Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Marcello Rosa, Gianni Basso, Flavio Boltro, among others. 

Ferdinando Argentiís brilliant jazz piano sound and improvisational style are a composite of Charlie Parkerís be-bop , Oscar Petersonís blend of bop and swing, the lyrical approach of Bill Evans and Chet Baker, and some of the harmonic innovations and rhythmic feel of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea . Argentiís sensitive vocal phrasing and delivery can be largely attributed to his admiration for Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker .

After a period of music engagements that again involved traveling - this time
to places as diverse as Japan, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and Russia - in 1994 Ferdinando got married in USA and established himself in New England. Here he ran all the gamut of gigs as a solo artist, tasteful accompanist, active member of many small groups and big bands, most notably the Artie Shaw big band directed by Dick Johnson .

Throughout this varied forms of entertainment in clubs and concerts , Argentiís ultimate goal has long been to lead his own ensemble playing his own compositions and arrangements . This has now become a reality with the release of his own compact disc entitled ARGENTI, not only his name, but the name of his musical group and his music. ďARGENTIĒ CD is a captivating and well blended collection of Ferdinandoís own jazz compositions and his arrangements of American and Italian standards.

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