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max chirico
Italy, Bologna

About max chirico

Max Chirico, pianist and trumpet player, composer and arranger, was born in Reggio Calabria in the south of Italy. He received his first music lessons from his brother, a guitar player. Being mostly self-taught, Max continued his studies listening to old jazz records.

In 1991 he moved to Bologna, in the north of Italy, where he studied with Paolo Fresu and for two years played in the youth orchestra directed by Marco Tamburini. Between 1993 and 1996 he attended the workshops of Siena Jazz where his instrumental studies were guided by Enrico Pierannunzi, Franco D'Andrea, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Marco Tamburini, Riccardo Zegna, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ettore Fioravanti and Marcello Piras, and he studied composition and arrangement with Bruno Tommaso.

From 1999 onwards he participated in Barry Harris’s Masterclasses at Den Hague Musical Academy (Holland) and in Verona.

With trumpet as his main instrument, Max was among the first wave of students to graduate in 2004 on the new Jazz and Experimental Music course at the link Academy of Bologna where the teaching staff included Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Massimo Manzi and Stefano Zenni.

He has participated in and assisted with the organization of several workshops and seminars with world-class trumpet player Stiepko "Steve" Gut. He has played with, among others, Steve Gut, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Ettore Fioravanti, Larry Smith, Gianni Cazzola, Carlo Atti, Fabio Petretti etc.
Max has played in jazz clubs, festivals and venues in Italy, UK, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland, including the following: Cork Jazz Festival, Toscana Jazz, The Vortex, The Spice of Life, Livorno Jazz, Magra Jazz, Zola Jazz & Wine, The Boom Boom Room, Il Porto del Jazz, Limerick Jazz Club, Seravezza Jazz, Lemon '900, Il Salotto del Jazz, Blue Summer Festival, Appennino Music Festival and many others. Now he is manager of Gela Jazz Festival and Barry Harris Gela Jazz Workshop.

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