Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Scascitelli, Patrizia, pianist, composer, arranger, educator, b.Rome, Italy, October 15, 1956. She moved to U.S.A. in 1981. Lived in New Jersey (1981- 1982). Moved to New York in 1983 where currently reside.
Her parents: Giuseppe Scascitelli (b.10/10/21- d.11/23/06) and Maria Meglio (b.11/23, 1929) Her brother Roberto Scascitelli (b. 10/2/58).
Patrizia began studying piano at age of eight, and start to performing in public at nine.She went on to graduate in classical and jazz piano from the prestigious Conservatory St. Cecilia, where she studied classical with:Tito Aprea, Armando Renzi, Lia De Barberis, Pietro Scarpini, and jazz with Giorgio Gaslini.A pioneer in her field, she was the first woman in her native country to play jazz.Her beginning collaborations were with well-known musicians in Rome such as Massimo Urbani and Bruno Tommaso. As a band leader, she played at the most important jazz festivals as: Umbria, Bergamo, Bologna and Pescara. Her first jazz recording, "Ballata" (RCA 1974), inspired by Italian folk music, was listed in jazz review Jazzit magazine as one of the recordings very representative of Italian musical expression of that time.
During a stay in Milan, ( 1974) Patrizia worked with musicians active on the scene and had a group with the saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti. Upon returning to Rome, she formed the quartet, Life Force, with drummer Marvin "Boogaloo" Smith, Karl Potter on percussion and Larry Dinwiddie, saxophone. From this group came the still sought-after live recording From Statale di Milano (Vedette 1975).
In the late 1970s, Patrizia began exploring the sounds of free, bebop, fusion and Latin jazz, creating new ensembles with: saxophonist Giancarlo Maurino, guitarist Dario Lapenna and the Brasilian percussionist Carlos Silva.
In 1980, she composed music for the theater version of Camilla Migliori's opera "Medea", a sound installation for painting and sculpture artist Marie Laure Piccinelli, as well as collaborations with other art forms including literature, poetry, dance - projects she continues today, recently with the painter Marco Filippetti.After moved to New York, she has studied with Barry Harris (1982) Phil Markowitz and Rich Shemaria (1991).
Has performed with the greatest: Don Cherry, Maxine Sullivan, Clifford Jordan, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles Mc Ghee, Mike Clark, Buster Williams, Calvin Hill, J.R. Mitchell, Bob Cunnigham.Recently with: Ada Rovatti, Jim Seely, Mark Gross, Bob Bowen, which she recorded herCD " Close Up" ( 2003) and Jamie Baum, Sylvia Cuenca, Giovanni Tommaso.
In the Italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz, she was voted: Best CD "Live in Rome" 2002, "Musician of the Year" 2003, Best CD "Close Up" 2004, Best Trio 2005, Best Musician 2006.In her carreer she has performed in major venues, theaters, universities and churches in New York, including: Symphony Space with: the Barry Harris "Creative Jazz Workshop in Recital"( 1982) Italian Women in Jazz with own quintet ( 2005) and solo piano ( 2006). B.A.M. the Brooklyn Euphoria, solo piano ( 2004) Aaron Davis Hall ( 2005). And also at: Columbia University, Hunter College, St. Peter's Church, United Nations, 92nd St.Y.In Italy as well with her own group at the following venues, among others: Museo Nazionale Palazzo Altemps ( 2002) for "Donne in Musica" where she presented a program of original compositions in classical and jazz style, called " Elementi di Unione" (United Elements ) - Villa Celimontana, Rome (2004), Teatro Filarmonico di Verona,(2005), Parco Mirafiore, Pesaro, ( 2006) piano solo recital, Teatro del Giglio, Lucca (2007).
Patrizia also perform classical music, in particularly of contemporary American composer such: James Cohn, David Noon, Ned Rorem.
She is second organist at the Church Our Lady of Mount Carmel
(Williamsburg, Brooklyn) from 2002.
Accompanist of cabaret and jazz singers for the school Singer Forum
New York, in the Outreach program performance from 2001.
As a teacher she works for the NYCHA performing arts programs from
1984 until today.
Radio and Television broadcasts:
Italian Television/ Rai 2 " Life Force" performance (1976)
Madison Square NY (1984) performed with own trio for the Italian Television broadcast in the Maurizio Costanzo Show.City Park foundation presents: P. Scascitelli Quintet Live at Jackie Robinson Park NY(2002) unissued videotape.
Telesalute / Italian cable television (2003)
LTV cable TV / two shows / New York ( 2004)
WBAI / New York (Radio) interview with Eric Williams ( 2005)
Rai 3 "La Stanza della Musica" 2005 (Italian radio)
Rai International / recorded in Rome ( 2005)
Rai International / recorded in New York ( 2007)
Tg2 Dossier storie/Italian Sound ( 2007) Italian Television recorded in NY
Rai News 24 (2007) Italian Television / interview
Numerous radio and television interviews across Italy.
" Il jazz, un ponte fra due culture" ( " jazz, a bridge between two cultures") 10 hours in three days at the Conservatorio Licinio Refice (Frosinone, Italy) ( 2002)
"Message"Ensamble Internazionale -LP- Basf x23312-Giorgio Gaslini- ( 1973)
"Favola Pop" LP- Produttori Associati- Giorgio Gaslini (1973)
"Ballata" Patrizia Scascitelli Trio LP- RCA-Vista Series (1974)
"In una simile circostanza"- LP- RCA[- Gianni Togni (1975)
"Concerto Dal Vivo alla Statale di Milano"Life Force"- LP- Vedette ( 1975)
Unissued tapes and video tapes from 1976 until 1997.
"Homecoming"Patrizia Scascitelli Trio- CD-Splasc(h) (1998)
"Live in Rome" Patrizia Scascitelli Solo Piano and Duo with Giorgio Gaslini- CD- Splasc(h) (2001)
"Close Up"Patrizia Scascitelli Group CD- Apria Records (2003)
works by Scascitelli
Jazzitalia (Italian webmagazine) correspondent
IAJE conference reviewer
Works about Scascitelli
Grande Enciclopedia del jazz Curcio ( Italian encyclopedia)
Jazz'N' Blues'N'Around - Italian magazine ( 1998)
Musica Jazz- Italian magazine (1999)
Jazzit- Italian magazine (1999)
"Growing up with jazz" by W. Royal Stokes, 2005 ( book)