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Raphael Gualazzi

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Raphael Gualazzi was born on November 11th 1981 in Urbino. Raphael’s music is a blend of early 20th Century Ragtime technique with the yearning lyricism of traditional blues, soul and jazz.
Inspiration comes to Raphael not only from the pre-jazz and stride piano styles as embodied by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Mary Lou Williams’ music, it is also bred in the more typical blues styles of Ray Charles and Roosevelt Sykes. But Raphael’s music goes even further as it combines tradition and classicism to the influence of some of today’s most original and versatile soul artists such as Jamiroquai and Ben Harper.

After studying piano at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, where he was initiated to classical composers, Raphael decided to go further afield and to tread on new musical territories by exploring jazz, blues and fusion. Ever since the early days of his musical career, Raphael has played with accomplished musicians, thus making a name for himself also thanks to his remarkable vocal and instrumental skills.

In 2005 Raphael partakes in a series of prestigious festivals among which the Fano Jazz Festival, the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, the Argo Jazz Festival and the International Arts Festival of Ravello.
At the beginning of 2008 “Piano Jazz” is released in France, a collection of beautiful tracks by the world’s most famous international artists of the likes of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Jamie Cullum, Michael Petrucciani, Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington. Among these modern stars, Raphael’s own “Georgia On My Mind”, taken from his debut album.

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