Francesco Crosara Trio
December 30 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
FRANCESCO CROSARA TRIO, featuring FRANCESCO CROSARA (piano), CLIPPER ANDERSON (bass), MARK IVESTER (drums).
Reservations recommended: callunaseattle.com
Pianist composer Francesco Crosara will appear in trio at Calluna Seattle, accompanied by bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester for an all-acoustic trio performance. Crosara will present original compositions and choice standards rearranged in his own lyrical and exuberant style.
Originally from Milan, Italy, Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Crosara who has performed with jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Bruce Forman, Don Menza, Barbara Morrison, and many others, is now based in the Northwest since 2017, where he has collaborated with local stalwarts like Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Osama Afifi, Farko Dosumov, Cliff Colòn, and more.
After being featured for 2 years in a row in the trend-setting series “Earshot Jazz: The Second Century” for his bold and innovative music composition and video work, Crosara recently participated in the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival, and appears at select venues around town in a variety of jazz styles, ranging from all acoustic with classical and Blues influences, to electric fusion melded with world music and a Latin imprint.
Crosara has produced 6 jazz albums internationally, most notably, “Colors” (through the Chicago-based Southport Records label) featuring the late great Von Freeman, and “Emotions” (through the TCB Montreux Swiss Jazz label) featuring Lilian Terry on vocals, Von Freeman on tenor sax, and a multi-cultural group of musicians from around the world.
Francesco Crosara on the net
“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” Down Beat Magazine
“Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a “living language” that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.” Earshot Jazz
“Francesco Crosara […] has been in the Seattle area for about four years now and he really has a growing building exploding reputation in town working with some of our area’s finest musicians.” KNKX 88.5 FM
“Francesco, your music is wonderful – always has been. Play what you love and saturate the world with it.” Chick Corea
About the musicians
Clipper Anderson is a bassist, composer, studio musician, performer, vocalist and educator. He plays at jazz festivals throughout the Unites States and Canada and has appeared on numerous recordings. Clipper has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval and Buddy De Franco. Clipper is an annual guest artist at the Buddy DeFranco / University of Montana Jazz Festival and the Blaine Jazz Festival. He is currently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University.
Mark Ivester is a versatile drummer and percussionist who is currently on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University. Mark has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt. He has also performed with the Honolulu, Spokane and Walla Walla symphony orchestras. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Washington University and did undergraduate and graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii that included field study in gamelan music on the island of Java.