"Her composing style stays modern without ever being airless and swing-deficient, open without getting lost in harmony and sentimentality. And her soloing is special” [Ben Ratliff – New York Times].
New York based pianist Simona Premazzi has developed an impressive body of work as a composer and bandleader. Originally from Italy, Premazzi hails from a small town in the outskirts of Milano, where she began playing piano at age 8. A gifted musician, Simona is a graduate of the conservatory of music in Udine. She followed up her studies in Milano, by enrolling in the International Academy of Music and CPM music school, studying under the incomparable supervision of two of Italy’s formidable jazz masters, Massimo Colombo and Franco D’Andrea.
As a student she became a member of two of the Academy’s most interesting bands – the Mingus Fingers Septet, of course focusing on the music of Charles Mingus, followed by a four year stint with Enrico Intra’s “Big Band”, touring across Italy and playing a long side internationally recognized musicians including, Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.
Since moving to New York in 2004, she has earned recognition for her improvisational work and skillful approach as a composer, with an unmistakable style and depth that comes across in every one of her compositions. She has shown herself to be an accomplished bandleader and much sought after collaborative partner on other artists’ musical projects. Premazzi performed in all major New York jazz venues including the historic and prestigious Village Vanguard, and jazz festivals around the US and abroad. Highlights of her musical path include a few years collaboration with Greg Osby 4 and with Jeremy Pelt 5et, sharing international stages with jazz masters Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Ben Allison and others.
“Premazzi, a wickedly clever soloist with a very original viewpoint”.[Frank Alkier - Downbeat Magazine]
Among the many, she has performed, collaborated and/or recorded with: Jeremy Pelt, Dayna Stephens, Greg Osby, Melissa Aldana, Jerome Sabbagh, Tineke Postma, Ralph Alessi, Will Vinson, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, J.D. Allen, Logan Richardson, Joe Martin, Grant Stewart, Stacy Dillard, Billy Drummond, Victor Lewis, Ben Allison, Rick Rosato, Clovis Nicolas, Pablo Menares, Linda Oh, Jonathan Barber, Ari Hoenig, Damion Reed, Matt Brewer, Jaleel Shaw, Jason Brown, Justin Brown, Marco Panascia, Ameen Saleem, Joe Sanders, Quincy Davis, Rodney Green, Sara Serpa, Alice Ricciardi, E.J. Strickland, Rudy Royston, Johnathan Blake, Paolino Dalla Porta, Tony Arco and many more fine artists.
"Premazzi excels as both pianist and composer. Premazzi’s solos spin and dart, at times restarting mid- thought to follow a surprising, unexpected path. But her melodic spins never detract, they simply surprise. She’s inventive, but always swinging." [Ken Micallef – Downbeat Magazine]
Simona has released 3 CDs as a leader, a 4th one is in production, soon to be released, which features her latest project, a quartet with long time collaborator saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Nasheet Waits, guest trumpeter and co-producer Jeremy Pelt and guest vocalist Sara Serpa.
Her 3rd CD “The Lucid Dreamer” (Inner Circle Music) 2013, highly reviewed on The New York Times by Ben Ratliff, features multi awarded tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer Jochen Rueckert and special guest, Greg Osby on alto and soprano saxophones. Her debut album, “Looking For An Exit” (PRE) 2007, a trio with Ari Hoenig and Joe Sanders, was listed among the best trio albums between 2004 and 2008 by the prestigious Japanese magazine, Jazz Hihyo. Her highly acclaimed second album, “Inside In” (PRE) 2010, on which Simona expands her approach to also spoken words and keyboard sounds, features her band, “The Intruders” with Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, bassist Ryan Berg, drummer Rudy Royston and MC rapper Baba Israel. “The Intruders” sometimes expanded to a larger ensemble hosting in rotation other musicians as tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Josh Evans.
“Simona Premazzi is one of the more exciting and poignant pianists on the current NewYork scene” [Gary Heimbauer – Jazz Inside magazine]