Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Maurizio Rolli is a graduate in double bass and jazz music studies. He is currently teaching electric bass and double bass as well as jazz harmony studies at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Pescara, Italy. He has worked with Jim Hall, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Michael Manring,Otmaro Ruiz, Scott Colley, Diane Shuur, Dnny Gottlieb, Enrico Pieranunzi, Claude Barthelemy, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bruno Tommaso, Paolo Damiani,Mauro Negri, Giampaolo Casati, Marco Fumo, Pino Minafra, Adam Makovicz, Russel Gloyd, Pierre Favre, Michael Riessler, Bill Russo, Cameron Brown, Rosario Giuliani, Roberto Ottaviano, Marco Tamburini, Javier Girotto, Fabrizio Bosso, Giorgio Gaslini and others.
He studied with Furio Di Castri, Paolino Dalla Porta, Paolo Damiani, Alfredo Impullitti (orchestration), Bruno Tommaso and took some lessons from Alain Caron, Steve Swallow, Gary Willis, Jeff Andrews, Michael Manring, Mike Abene (arrangement) etc. He has performed in several international festivals such as those held in Grenoble; Pescara (Pescara Jazz 1986, 1997, 1998);Jazz'n'fall 2002, Volterra; Noci; Lucca (1996, 1997); Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano;S.Anna Arresi (2002); Pescara (Pescara Acoustic Festival); Rome (Massenzio festival, where he represented the Italian National Jazz Musician Association); Matera (Gezziamoci); Roccella Jonica (in'96, '98 and 2000 edition); L'Aquila (Romantici Risvegli); Noci '96; Tagliacozzo '96; Roseto (Eufonia); Interamnia Jazz festival (1999, 2000); Crema (1998 Bottesini Basso festival); Atina 2000; Milazzo Jazz; Lignano Jazz 2000; Vasto; Bussi; Atessa Jazz. He has been member as well as composer and arranger for the 'Is Ensemble', formed by ISMEZ (Istituto per lo Sviluppo Musicale del Mezzogiorno - Italian Institute for the development of Southern Italy), through a selection of more than 140 Italian musicians. The ensemble was awarded 8th best band in jazz magazine Top Jazz 1997 referendum. He has won several music competitions such as: Barga jazz '97 (1st place awarded to his trio with Diana Torto and Filiberto Palermini); Biennale del Mediterraneo ('Iceberg' - Bologna '98 -1st prize, with Alfredo Impullitti's 'Kaos Ensemble'); the Roccella Ionica 'New Talents' '98 competition - in which he was first selected as member of the orchestra conducted by C. Barthelemy (conductor of the Vienna Art Orchestra and the France Jazz Orchestra) and then mentioned as orchestra best soloist (along with Achille Succi and Walter Civettini); 'Baronissi Jazz 2000' (Max Ionata quartet). He was awarded 2nd place in 'Massimo Urbani' 2000 competition.
He is a consultant, endorser and agent for 'Laurus' and 'Mari' (hand built electric basses) and "MarkBass" (bass amps). He usually represents these firms in Rimini Disma and Frankfurt Muzik Messe music fairs. He has been assistant in clinics held by great musicians such as J. Patitucci,Michael Manring, Otmaro Ruiz,Danny Gottlieb, Anthony Jackson, M. Manring, H. 'el negro' Hernandez, M. Camilo, T. Clausen e S. Pyysalo. He has worked in Federico Fellini's musical 'Le notti di Cabiria' under the direction of Saverio Marconi.
He is leader and main composer in the 'Norwegian Mood' ensemble project, as well as in the 'Archivi Sonori' quintet with Diana Torto (vocals), Gianluca Esposito (saxes), Angelo Canelli (piano) and Paolo Corsi (drums). Since September 2000 he has been art director of the a A.M.P. Big Band (jazz orchestra of the Accademia Musicale Pescarese). Maurizio Rolli is featured in "Bassics" Magazine cd with M.Manring , Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Haslip, Alain Caron ecc...and will be featured on "Basstalks" vol. 8 by german label Hotwire records.He's under contract with Italian label "Wide sound" and Japanese label "Roving spirits"
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P. Damiani: Is Ensemble; A. Impullitti: Missa; M. Patricelli: La partenza della sposa; Filippini/Ionata: Zaira; P.Di Sabatino: L'amo; C.Della Rancia: Le notti di Cabiria; Alexian Group: Gijem Gijem; F. Ciancetta: Vientovivo; O. Fratini: Apres midi; A. Onorato: Gaga