Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
De Filippi, Bruno
He studied guitar and harmonica by himself, learning from jazz books and listening to records of Barney Kessel and Toots Thielemans.
Sensitive to every high-quality music style, in the sixties and seventies Bruno De Filippi played his guitar on the recordings of the most famous italian singers: Mina, CaterinaValente, Johnny Dorelli and Ornella Vanoni. During his forty-year career he also worked with the most important jazz musicians on the international scene (Louis Armstrong, Bud Shank, Lionel Hampton, Bill Russo, Gerry Mulligan, Astor Piazzolla, Barney Kessel and Lee Konitz) and in Italy (Franco Cerri, Enrico Intra, Tullio De Piscopo, Guido Manusardi and Renato Sellani).
He's very proud to be a very close friend of Toots. They met Milano 1962 for a TV show. He came to a jazz club where De Filippi was playing with his Hammond organ sextet. On September, 1997 he invited De Fillippi to play a couple of tunes in duo during his concert in Caserta (Napoli). He was very close to De Filippi especially during the time he wife was sick. Sometimes, Thielemans called his and played his harmonica at the telephone.
During the seventies, De Filipi started playing chromatic harmonica in solos with Mina, Pino Daniele, Toquino, Rossana Casale, Caterina Valente and Gino Paoli.
From 1986 onwards he records in his own name the albums "Harmonica," "Sweet Jazz from Italy," "Portrait in Black and White" and "Different Moods." The latter contains "Metamorfosi," composed by Bruno for harmonica and strings quartet. He also recorded the CD "Bruno De Filippi in New York with Don Friedman Trio" (1992) using the chromatic harmonica. The partnership with the American pianist Don Friedman led in 1994 to the album "You and the Night and the Music" and numerous concerts through Europe and the United States.
Bruno played in New York at Town Hall, Birdland and the Blue Note. He has also performed at The Green Mill in Chicago, Pier House in Key West (Florida) and a number of jazz circuits in Germany and Indonesia. Among the jazz festivals he has performed at are the "Jazz at the Tropics" in Miami, "The Django Reinhardt Festival" in Fontainebleau (France), "Jakarta Jazz 95" (Indonesia), "Zagreb" jazz fair" (Croatia), and "Villa Celimontana" (Rome Italy). In 1997, he lost his wife Mimi, his "number one fan" who sustained and encouraged him to play at the Blue Note. His daughter Franca is a chemist, but sings jazz standards.
In 1996, he recorded the CD "Lili Marlene" with the Don Friedman trio. "You My Love " is his latest, dedicated to his wife Mimi. It was recorded also in New York in 1997 with Don Friedman , Billy Hart and Jeff Fuller.