Availability July 2024 from the 6th to the 14th

Sherman Irby 
[alto sax], Nico Menci [piano]Marco Marzola [bass], Willie Jones III [drums]

Available for Concerts and Masterclass

Is a very Dynamic and Unique Cutting-edge Ensemble of Musicians.
Is a Power Packed Experience of Emotions and Excitements based on a large repertoire of Original Jazz Music and Revisited Jazz Standards from the most Famous Composers as well as each musician Unique composition.
Strictly speaking, Marco brings together some of his most talented musicians of the International Jazz Scene with whom he shared the stage on many occasions.
If you are looking for a real “EXPLOSION of SENSES“ you must see it in Action.
An Experience not to be Missed!

Sherman Irby

Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sherman began playing music at the age of 12, almost immediately recognizing that it was his life’s calling. Upon graduating high school (during which he had the opportunity to play and record with Gospel immortal James Cleveland) Sherman attended Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education. He joined Atlanta-based piano legend Johnny O’Neal’s quintet in 1991.
After moving to New York in 1994, Sherman quickly connected with the fertile and vital scene at Smalls, where he was a regular until 1997. Here Sherman caught the attention of Blue Note Records, for which he recorded his first two albums, Full Circle and Big Mama’s Biscuits, released in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
During the Smalls period Sherman also toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995; was a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to 1997; recorded and toured with Marcus Roberts and participated in the incomparable Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program during those same years; and began his four year stint with Roy Hargrove in 1997. Recognizing the shift in economics of the record industry, Sherman left Blue Note to form Black Warrior Records, releasing Black Warrior, Faith, and Organ Starter. Departing from Roy Hargrove’s ensemble around the same time, Sherman shifted his primary focus to his own group. Although this is his primary commitment, Irby took the opportunity to join the final ensemble of the peerless Elvin Jones in 2004, and after Elvin’s passing, joined Papo Vazquez’s Pirates Troubadours. Currently, he has rejoined with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Freddie Hubbard, Johnny O’Neal, Eddie Adams, James Hurt, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, Eric Revis, Dana Murray, Roy Hargrove, John Hicks, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Buster Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Roberts, Larry Willis, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Quincy Jones, Randy Weston, Cick Corea, Papo Va’zquez’s Pirates, Bill Cosby, Dee Dee Bridgewater, McCoy Tyner and many other.

Nico Menci

(One of Italy’s top pianists).
He has many collaborations with big names on the international Jazz Scene, recording albums and giving concerts at Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs across Europe with:
Elliot ZigmundSteve EllingtonPatrick ClaharSam MostJimmy LovelaceSlide HamptonEric AlexanderEddie HendersonSteve TurreBruce WilliamsChuck McPhersonRay MantillaScott HamiltonJaimeo BrownSherman IrbyDarrell GreenJames ZollarAkua DixonJesse DavisDion ParsonSteve GrossmanVincent HarringBuster WilliamsLenny WhiteKush Abadey etc……

Marco Marzola

Jazz Bassplayer and Bandleader Ongoing collaboration with Musicians of the International jazz scene across Europe at Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs. Alongside his work as sideman, he started several projects as a band leader featuring International acclaimed guests such as Ed CherrySteve TurreSherman IrbyAkua DixonDarrell GreenDion Parson. As a testimony to these collaborations, there are now a number of Albums available on line. He shared the stage and recorded with the most representative Musicians of the INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SCENE around Europe and United States such as: Jimmy Lovelace, Tommy Tarantine, Betty Carter, Harold Land, George Cables, Steve Turre, Bruce Williams, Tommy Campbell, John Hics, Tony Scott, Bruce Forman, Jimmy Cobb, Sherman Irby, Ed Cherry, James Zollar, Dion Parson, James Hurt, Jerome Jennings, Art Hirahara, Stacy Dillard, Darrell Green, Giulio Capiozzo, Flavio Boltro, Stefano Bollani, Fabrizio Bosso, and many others.

Willie Jones III

With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world’s leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences – the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins – Jones’ bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his life-long musical experience. 
From 1998-2005, Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove’s CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor’s Distractions. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed’s Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones

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