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Let Me Be Free

Piano Solo

1. Rumination on Peace
2. Rumination on All Blues

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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
DAYNA STEPHENS saxophones
JOE MARTIN bass
NASHEET WAITS drums

special guests
JEREMY PELT trumpet
SARA SERPA vocals

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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
MELISSA ALDANA tenor saxophone
AMEEN SALEEM bass
JOCHEN RUECKERT drums

special guest
GREG OSBY soprano and alto saxophones

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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano, nord electro, spoken words, vocals
STACY DILLARD tenor saxophone
RYAN BERG acoustic and electric bass
RUDY ROYSTON drums
BABA ISRAEL Mcee

Let Me Be Free (Live)

Outspoken

The Lucid Dreamer

Inside In

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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
JOE SANDERS bass
ARI HOENIG drums

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SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
CLOVIS NICOLAS bass
JOCHEN RUECKERT drums
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JEREMY PELT Trumpet
SIMONA PREMAZZI piano
BEN ALLISON bass
BILLY DRUMMOND drums
VICTOR LEWIS drums

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CIVICA JAZZ BAND

special guest
KENNY BARRON

Looking For An Exit

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(Commissioned Album)
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Tales, Musings and other Reveries

(Featuring)
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New Perspectives

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ALBUMS

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Let Me Be Free (Live)

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Outspoken

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The Lucid Dreamer

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Inside In

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Looking For An Exit

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Sound Scape SS18

(Commissioned Album)
BUY: BANDCAMP

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Tales, Musings and other Reveries

(Featuring)
BUY: AMAZON | APPLE MUSIC

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New Perspectives

(Featuring)
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WHAT’S

NEW

WHAT’S

New Solo Album in the making

New Solo Album in the making

On December 10th, 2021 I went to Sear Sound studio A in New York City and spent the whole day recording music for a piano solo album. It was a very unique experience. I have performed many...

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“Andrew!!” a tribute to Andrew Hill

“Andrew!!” a tribute to Andrew Hill

“Andrew!!” is a project focusing on the music of visionary pianist and composer Andrew Hill, revisiting tunes of Hill’s iconic Blue Note albums from the 60’s.I have presented this project in the past year featuring incredible rhythm sections, at some of my favorite...

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NEW

Heading to Europe this Spring

Heading to Europe this Spring

Late May 2022 I’ll join The Dorota Piotrowska Quartet "Sisters In Jazz" featuring Tali Rubinstein on recorder, Adi Meyerson on bass (and myself on piano) as we will play some dates in Poland. I'll be in Milano for a Trio performance and Masterclass at the G.Verdi...

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Biography

“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 and a half. 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 Jazz Music and CPM music school, studying with 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 along 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.

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© Chirs Drukker Photography

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at Birdland Jazz Club in New York

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, 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, toured and/or recorded with: Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Dayna Stephens, Mark Shim, Tineke Postma, Ben Monder, Melissa Aldana, Seamus Blake, Wayne Escoffery, J.D. Allen, Billy Drummond, Victor Lewis, Ari Hoenig, Nasheet Waits, and many more fine artists.

Simona has released several CDs as a leader. “Outspoken” (PRE) 2017, received stellar reviews by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, the DownBeat Magazine gave it 4 stars and selected it among the best albums of 2017. “Outspoken” features her quartet with long time collaborator saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Nasheet Waits, guest trumpeter and producer Jeremy Pelt and guest vocalist Sara Serpa.

“Ms. Premazzi’s star is on the rise, as all of Outspoken attests.” [The New York Times]

“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 on drums and Joe Sanders on bass, 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” at times expanded to a larger ensemble hosting in rotation other musicians as tenor saxophonists Wayne Escoffery and Dayna Stephens, and trumpeter Josh Evans.

“A fearless modernist composer and improviser with a deeply romantic lyricism at her core, Simona Premazzi is one of the most fascinating and creative pianists in New York today.” [Hot House Jazz Magazine]

at Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles

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at Village Vanguard in New York

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“She’s bringing a lot to the table. Her composing style stays modern without ever being airless and swing-deficient, open without getting lost in harmony and sentimentality; idea driven but not so much that the listener needs explanations. And her soloing is special: She’s picking up on a complex, heavily rhythmic and idiosyncratic tradition that goes back to stride piano and runs through Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill. Her solos move in fits and starts, flowing and abrupt, always interesting.”

New York Times

The Lucid Dreamer review, by Ben Ratliff

“Simona Premazzi has assembled a stellar quartet that portrays her music in the best possible light… Rather than using themes as springboards for improvisation, she probes them to get to their essence, leaving no stone unturned in the process.”

Downbeat Magazine

Outspoken ✯✯✯✯ review (Best of 2017), by Alain Drouot

“Her touch is feathery and wildly charismatic. As is she. This is a woman who isn’t afraid to record one of her ballads (“Euterpe’s Dance”) twice on the same CD; once just with her bassist as an atmospheric duo and once in traditional trio format (piano/bass/drums).”

Goldmine

Outspoken review, by Mike Greenblatt

“Throughout the album, Premazzi’s solos are full of unexpected leaps and lines that never reach a typical conclusion. Direct influences are difficult to spot in her solos, which can border on experimental, and she also traverses bop, stride and swing. She doesn’t sound like any other pianist in New York today.”

Downbeat

The Lucid Dreamer review, by Ken Micallef

“A distinctive pianist whose fairly free yet melodic and lyrical improvising style at times recalls Paul Bley, Premazzi often sounds as if she were thinking aloud at the piano. Her spontaneous music develops logically if unpredictably and keep’s one’s attention throughout.”

Jazziz

Outspoken review, by Scott Yanow

“She’s bringing a lot to the table. Her composing style stays modern without ever being airless and swing-deficient, open without getting lost in harmony and sentimentality; idea driven but not so much that the listener needs explanations. And her soloing is special: She’s picking up on a complex, heavily rhythmic and idiosyncratic tradition that goes back to stride piano and runs through Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill. Her solos move in fits and starts, flowing and abrupt, always interesting.” Read more…

New York Times

The Lucid Dreamer review, by Ben Ratliff

“Simona Premazzi has assembled a stellar quartet that portrays her music in the best possible light… Rather than using themes as springboards for improvisation, she probes them to get to their essence, leaving no stone unturned in the process.” Read more…

Downbeat Magazine

Outspoken ✯✯✯✯ review (Best of 2017), by Alain Drouot

“Her touch is feathery and wildly charismatic. As is she. This is a woman who isn’t afraid to record one of her ballads (“Euterpe’s Dance”) twice on the same CD; once just with her bassist as an atmospheric duo and once in traditional trio format (piano/bass/drums).” Read more…

Goldmine

Outspoken review, by Mike Greenblatt

“Throughout the album, Premazzi’s solos are full of unexpected leaps and lines that never reach a typical conclusion. Direct influences are difficult to spot in her solos, which can border on experimental, and she also traverses bop, stride and swing. She doesn’t sound like any other pianist in New York today.” Read more…

Downbeat

The Lucid Dreamer review, by Ken Micallef

“A distinctive pianist whose fairly free yet melodic and lyrical improvising style at times recalls Paul Bley, Premazzi often sounds as if she were thinking aloud at the piano. Her spontaneous music develops logically if unpredictably and keep’s one’s attention throughout.” Read more…

Jazziz

Outspoken review, by Scott Yanow

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MUSIC CHARTS

All my original compositions that have been recorded are here for you to purchase. Click on each album to find the charts. Have fun with them and play your own version of the tunes. These charts are all in concert key and will download in PDF format.

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