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Manzecchi, Patrick (Stephan)

Manzecchi, Patrick (Stephan), drummer; b. Paris, France, 2 July 1969. The son of the German-born artist-paintress Mimi Manzecchi-Muller (b.1940 in Pforzheim) and the late Italian-born professional jazz drummer Franco Manzecchi (b.1931 in Ravenna, d.1979 in Konstanz) who worked with Eric Dolphy, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Clark Terry and Donald Byrd to name a few, Patrick grew up as a child  with jazz at home in Paris, where his parents met in the early sixties and made her living out of her passion for art. In 1977 the family moved to Konstanz (south-Germany) where the father died of a heart-disease two years later. (The ten year older sister Sylvia hadn't moved and stayed in Paris, but came to Konstanz also one year after the death of Franco, stayed for four years in Germany, went back to Paris and lives now in Zambia, Africa).

Patrick Manzecchi taught himself drums on his father's instrument since 1980, ca. one year after his father had passed away, which led him to a public jam session with professional Jazz musicians. He began to listen to the record collection of Franco, especially the work of Duke Ellington, Max Roach-Clifford Brown and Dizzy Gillespie. He soon began to visit concerts of Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra in his hometown in the tender age of 11 years with his mother he dedicated himself completely to jazz and discovered jazz masters like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Oscar Peterson etc but also Weather Report, Maurice Ravel, Igor Strawinsky, James Brown a.o.. In the following years he had the luck to see performing most of then living jazz giants like Chick Corea with Roy Haynes, Dexter Gordon, the Buddy Rich Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock with Tony Williams, George Benson, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter Band whenever they came to Europe to give concerts. At 17 he sat in with Branford Marsalis at the "grande parade du jazz" in Nice (France) and gave his first concerts in his hometown's Jazzclub which reinforced his wish to become a jazz drummer. After finishing school and studying French and Italian language for two years at the university of Konstanz he became professional in 1995, was involved in different formations and worked since then in Germany and Switzerland with Harvie Swartz, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Reggie Johnson, Vince Benedetti, Sandy Patton, Gary Barone, Teddy Edwards, Allan Praskin. Since 1998 Manzecchi played concerts and national festivals under his name, especially with special guest Richie Beirach and opened for Al Jarreau and Herbie Hancock. He made recordings with German and Swiss artists. More and more interested in free improvising music, Patrick plays solo on different occasions and even for the play "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Becket for two weeks in 2000 at the theater of the University Konstanz. In 2002 he accompanied the freelanced play "Holderlin" which incorporated modern dance, screenplay and improvised music and was arranged by Konstantin Ts akalidis. He toured Romania under his name in 2002 with his new fond group including Jurgen Bothner (ts) and Jens Loh (b). He teaches drums at the "musambara"-music school in Konstanz since 2001 one day the week and gave Workshops with Vince Benedetti, Barry Harris and Katrin Scholl.
He played at the EXPO 2002 in Neuchatel (Switzerland) with the "Brueckenschlag" Tentet including Herbert Joos, Urs Rollin, Karoline Hofler, Ewald Hugle and others. Went into studio with trumpet player Gary Barone in 2003 and played with pianist Mark Soskin in the same year. At the end of 2003 he invited Andi Maile (ts/ss) to join his trio. Toured Romania again with his quartet in 2004. Was nominated for the jazz prize of the state Baden-Wurttemberg and received the culture prize from the town Friedrichshafen shortly after the tour.

Ready & Able....Live At The Wessenberg (2000)
As sideperson:
Tempus Fugit: Die Stars von morgen (1987); Andi Maile: Mailensteine (1996); Manfred Junker: Dig it! (1997); Pius Baumgartner: Gently (1998); Trumpet Summit: Trumpet Summit (1998); Trumpet Summit: 2nd part of the show (1999); Ellen & Bernd Marquart Jazzlife: Christmas Songs (2000); The Dixie Crusaders: The Dixie Crusaders (2000);  Rhythm Boiler: Tradition 1 (2001); Ellen & Bernd Marquart Jazzlife: Love Songs (2001); Veit Hubner: Veit Hubner and friends (2001); Bernhard Gedrat & friends: Trommel-Feuer-Tanz 2002 (2002) Gary Barone quartet (to be released); Patrick Manzecchi Quartet (to be released)

Radio broadcasts:
Live Radio Perfomances with: Pius Baumgartner Quartet (2x), Andi maile Quartet (2x), Marcel Schefer Trio, Patrick Manzecchi Trio (2x), Interviews on several stations (in Germany, Switzerland, Romania)

Television broadcasts: 
Live TV-Performances with: Gregor Hubner, Pius Baumgartner, Jurgen Waidele (2x), Rhythm Boiler (5x), Patrick Manzecchi & friends, Patrick Manzecchi Trio (in Germany, Switzerland, Romania,  Patrick Manzecchi Quartet (Germany, Romania); Played bar jazz with his trio in the TV-movie "Hund und Katz"

Numerous reviews and interviews in newspapers and magazines


Contact information: 
Tel./Fax 0049 (0) 7531-914 798

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