Diego Spitaleri

He was born in Palermo in 1959, he started concertistic activity in 1979 and played since then in numerous concerts nationally and internationally; he also participated in television and radio transmissions. In the context of the open contest “Sicilia Jazz Giovani”, in the summer of 1982, he obtains the “Pignatelli” prize for musical composition; in the same period he has been part of an orchestra formed by RAI 3 and directed by Bruno Tommaso.

In september 1984 an international jury proclaimed him winner of the contest “I Nuovi Musicisti” (annexed to the Messina Jazz Meeting) and in this capacity he participated to the “Festival of Jazz Pianist” held in Kaliz, Polonia, december 1984. In february 1992 is released his first CD “Mediterranea Suite”, in trio with Paolino Dalla Porta on the contrabass and Paolo Mappa on the drums, released by Splasch Records. In the context of the “TOP JAZZ 1992”, called by the specialized magazine “Musica Jazz”, he finished fourth in the category “Miglior nuovo talento” (“Best new talent”).

In 1995 he founded the group SUN with Alessandro Palacino and Dario Sulis, with which he recorded 32 CDs and participated to numerous national and international festivals. He can boast musical collaborations with : Paolo Fresu, Flavio Boltro, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Ray Mantilla, Irio de Paula, Artie Traum, Glen Velez, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Rim Banna, Nick the Nightflight, Sara Jane Morris.

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