Jay Azzolina (guitar)
Luigi Tessarollo (guitar)
Davide Liberti (double bass)
Ron Vincent (drums)
This American/Italian jazz quartet features the compositional approaches and guitar styles of Jay Azzolina and Luigi Tessarollo, as well as veteran drumming of Ron Vincent who is known in Italy for his work with the Maestro Gerry Mulligan and for his tours with “Passage Quartet” featuring Tessarollo on guitar and Giammarco on saxes.
American jazz musicians, guitarist Jay Azzolina (Grammy nominated artist Jay Azzolina has worked and recorded with artists such as Dave Samuels, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Herbie Mann, In 1997, Jay became a member of the John Patitucci band which included Chris Potter and Adam Nussbaum) and drummer Ron Vincent (records w Mulligan Brookmeyer, Konitz, Brecker, Johnson, Rosenthal, Million,) have been musical collaborators for the past ten years in New York City.
Both Jay and Ron have worked and recorded with many of the veterans of modern jazz and now are teaming up with the well- known guitarist Luigi Tessarollo and young and talented bassist Davide Liberti
Jay Azzolina is a Grammy nominated guitarist who draws heavily from jazz and blues. Since moving to New York in the early 80's by way of The Berklee College Of Music, Jay has worked and recorded with a vast array of musicians spanning multiple musical styles. His colleagues include John Patitucci, Michael Franks, Harvie S, Michael Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Mann, Michael Urbaniak, Tim Ries, Kenny Werner, Ricky Lee Jones and The Manhattan Transfer. In 1995 Jay received an MFA in composition from the Conservatory At SUNY Purchase New York and presently teaches Jazz studies at Manhattanville College.
Jay has recorded four CD's of original compositions under his own name.His most current CD, Local Dialect features John Patitucci, Greg Hutchinson, Cyro Baptista, Tim Ries and Larry Goldings.
"Jay Azzolina delivers as impressive of a performance as one could possibly hope to achieve on his latest album Local Dialect. Azzolina demonstrates that he is one of the finest and most talented guitar players on the planet". Brandon Bernstein, Jazz Improv Vol.8.No1 Spring 2008
A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, drummer Ron Vincent moved to Boston, MA in 1969 to attend Berklee College of Music, graduating with a BA in Music Education in 1973. After touring the U.S. and working for three years in Kansas City from 1979 to1982, Ron settled in New York City.
As a veteran of the New York City jazz scene Ron is held in high esteem and valued as a sideman for his versatility in concert, on tour and in the recording studio. As a leader, Ron's trio and quartet have performed both in the United States and abroad. In his 30 years as a performing artist Ron has recorded and appeared with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas Phil Woods, Carol Sloane, Helen Merrill and Karrin Allyson.
As an educator Ron is committed to the tradition of jazz drumming from classic to modern. His teaching philosophy stresses a strong foundation of fundamentals from which to explore individual creativity and talent in improvisation, ensemble and rhythm section performance.