Gegè Telesforo voce-vocoder-percussioni-batteria-tastiere-pianoforte (9)
Daniela Spalletta - voce-cori (1-2-7) arrangiamento voci (1)
Lello Analfino voce (2)
Ainé voce-cori (4)
Simona Severini voce (6) cori (2)
Pasquale Strizzi tastiere-pianoforte-elettronica-percussioni
Dario Deidda basso elettrico
Christian Mascetta chitarre-ukulele
Michele Santoleri batteria
Peppe Sannino percussioni (2)
Max Ionata sax tenore (3)
Alfonso Deidda sax alto-flauto (4-7)
Domenico Sanna pianoforte (5-7-8)
Seby Burgio pianoforte-tastiere-basso synth (6)
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Singer; instrumentalist; composer; music producer; A&R Groove Master Edition; UNICEF Good Will Ambassador; but also a journalist, a television and radio personality, GeGè Telesforo represents a multifaceted professional figure, the best example of the current jazz tradition in Italy.
GeGè’s artistic endeavors began 40 years ago as drummer and jazz singer, when his incredible talent was discovered by the Italian media celebrity Renzo Arbore. Over the years, he has developed his own personal style of “scat” singing, renewing a particular form of vocal improvisation almost forgotten abroad and which has never existed in Italy.
Since the mid 80′s, GeGè has brought together the best musicians from the Italian Jazz and R&B scene (Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Antonio Faraò, Stefano Di Battista, Enzo Pietropaoli, Rita Marcotulli, Dario and Alfonso Deidda, Max Ionata, Giorgia Todrani, Marco Rinalduzzi, Marco Tamburini, Amedeo Ariano, Rossana Casale, Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Puglisi, Fabio Zeppetella, Marcello Surace, Alex Gwiss, Marco Siniscalco, Max Bottini, Rocco Zifarelli, Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Mia Cooper,….), performing with them a renewal of old jazz standards and his original compositions using breathtaking arrangements and moving harmonies.
In the ‘90s , thanks to his association with Ben Sidran, pianist, singer, writer and producer, GeGè recorded for Go Jazz Records in important studios (Skyline-NYNY; Paisley Park-Minneapolis;….) with the most recognized international musicians, and his undisputed talent has been exported around the world whilst playing with The Go Jazz All Stars, and performing with such Jazz/Funk “Masters” as Jon Hendricks, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Tony Scott, DeeDee Bridgewater, Phil Woods, Bob Malach, Georgie Fame, Clyde Stubblefield, Mike Mainieri, Bob Rockwell, Richard Davis, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Frank McComb, Alan Hampton, Sachal Vasandani, Joanna Teters……
Back in Italy, with leading bands such as PureFunkLive, Groovinators, So Cool 5tet, GeGè Telesforo has focused his musical evolution on his original jazz- funk vocal style, in which jazz elements come together with his terrific scat improvisations to form a rigorous and unmistakable rhythm dominated by groove. He has produced several albums for his indipendent label -Groove Master Edition- and recorded 11 albums as an Artist and Composer.
Gege Telesforo is currently experiencing a particularly happy period in his career. Winning the Jazzit Award 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018, as Best Male Vocalist, crowns an important moment marked by the release of successful CDs such as "SO COOL" (GrooveMasterEdition/EGEA 2010) "NU JOY" (COLUMBIA RECORDS /SONY MUSIC 2012), “FUN SLOW RIDE” (SAM Records/Ropeadope 2016), and an incredible number of prestigious concerts, including his appearance at The Shanghai World Expo Exhibition for "The Best of Italian Jazz in Shangai" with his quintet, representing Italian art and culture on the world billboard with Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Paolo Fresu, Roberto Gatto, ....
As a teacher of singing and vocal improvisation, GeGè brings his "Vocal Jazz Concept" to prestigious music schools, Conservatories, and Jazz Festivals in Italy and abroad. Since September 2012, GeGè has been teaching Vocal Jazz and Improvisation at the Venice Voice Academy in Los Angeles (California-USA).
GeGè was appointed Good Will Ambassador of UNICEF Italy May 23 2015 for his artistic commitment to all the "Children in Danger", one of the most significant UNICEF campaigns. He’s the inventor and developer of the project SoundzForChildren, aimed at the removal of all socio-cultural obstacles that prevent a harmonious mental and physical development of children.
“When I first heard Gegè on The International Doc Club, the television show he hosted in Rome, I said to myself, ‘Self, this is one bad motorcycle!’ That opinion has not changed, nor will it ever. Gegè is bad. He’s good too, of course, but he’s better than good. He’s BAD! When you hear him, you know you’re listening to a soul that’s on the inside singing out, not on the outside looking in. This ain’t no cat trying to git it”. Jon Hendricks.
Tracklist of "Il mondo in testa": 9 Tracks
01. LA RELIGIONE DELL’UNIVERSO Eugenio Telesforo-Daniela Spalletta
02. IL MONDO IN TESTA Eugenio Telesforo-Giuseppe Sannino-Lello Analfino
03. SENTIERI ARDITI Eugenio Telesforo
04. GENETICA DELL’AMORE Eugenio Telesforo-Pasquale Strizzi-Arnaldo Santoro
05. CANCIÓN PARA SARA Sergio Aranda
06. MILLE PETALI Eugenio Telesforo-Seby Burgio-Simona Severini
07. NOMMO Jymie Merritt
08. TIME TAI CHI Enrico Intra
09. LA RELIGIONE DELL’UNIVERSO (piano demo) Eugenio Telesforo-Daniela Spalletta