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Morgera, Fabio

Morgera, Fabio, trumpeter and composer; b. Naples, Italy, 24 April 1963.

He moved to Florence, Italy in 1970 or 1971. During 1983-85 he took some lessons with Enrico Rava,Kenny Wheeler,and Terence Blanchard. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 where he studied composition and arranging at the Dick Grove School of Music. He attended Berklee College 1987-9, where he studied composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy, improvisation with Ed Tomasi, trumpet with Jeff Stout and Greg Hopkins. Then he moved to New York in 1990 where he studied music with Donald Byrd, Valery Ponomarev, Eddie Henderson, Vince Penzerella, Laurie Finck. He lost his left hand in an accident at age 3. Nevertheless after he learned to play guitar and electric bass in left-handed fashion, he switched to trumpet at 16. He started playing professionally only two years later with the Italian jazz composer Giorgio Gaslini and the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 1982 he won 2nd prize at the 1st Leverkusen Jazz Competition for newcomers. In 1985 he also won 2nd prize at the competition for big band arranging in Barga, Italy. In 1985 he first relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Grove School of Music and later to Berklee School in Boston, where he recorded his first album as a leader Take 1 (1988), featuring George Garzone. Morgera moved to NYC in 1990 where besides continuing recording and performing as a jazz bandleader, he was one of the founders of the acid jazz band Groove Collective, recording and touring around the world. In 1995 he also recorded and toured with R&B star Maxwell and in 1997 he be came a steady member of the multi media show Urbantap, one of the best dance productions to this day. Also, he played with the Mingus Big Band, the Village Vanguard Orchestra and several other jazz bands, including Quintet X, Alvin Queen, Goodfellas, and his own Junglejazz. Other albums under his direction are The Pursuit (1992), Slick (2000), New Hopes (2001), and Colors (2002). Fabio Morgera has also produced JD Allen, Kenyatta Beasley and Urbantap's first CDs. Currently he is collaborating on recordings with DJ Smash (Blue Note), besides being busy with Urbantap's world tour, and his own jazz quartet tours.

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