Tessarollo-Cigalini-Dalla Porta-Roche Quartet






Luigi Tessarollo guitar

Mattia Cigalini sax

Paolino Dalla Porta bass

Manhu’ Roche drums


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The virtuosity and explosive power of the young Mattia Cigalini on alto sax, amazing jazz talent, blend with the experience, the secure and wise musical language, and the arrangements skills of Luigi Tessarollo, one of the best and most recognized  jazz guitarists and curator of the selection and the arrangements of all the songs.

They are complemented by a stunning combination: Paolino Dalla Porta, well known bass player, acclaimed in Italy and abroad, and French Manhu Roche, one of Europe's most talented and original musicians, Michel Petrucciani‘s ex drummer

The concert interprets, arranges and brings to life the great successes of some of the best melodies of Italian music through the language of jazz and improvisation.

The show donates  emotions strong and sweet together and brings the collective imaginary of singable melodies on a new ground and , in this way so deep, still unexplored. The reinterpretation of the songs stimulates in this way narrative paths partly surprising and partly evocative.

Evergreen of Italian musical history drawn from classical music, traditional and pop and  from great songwriters, so you'll listen tunes like: VolareEstate,  E se domain sang by Mina, Anema e Core from Naples and many others.

The stable and close-knit collaboration between Cigalini and Tessarollo brought them to play in jazz festivals and flows in the realization of the album "Italians Melodies in Jazz" which shows these great melodies in a key exquisitely and heavily jazz. The CD got the special mention "Recommended by Musica Jazz" magazine's national JAZZ MUSIC.


Mattia Cigalini http://www.mattiacigalini.com/

Luigi Tessarollo http://www.luigitessarollo.com/


Born in 1989, he started playing live when he was only 12 and started teaching music at 15th. For the specialized European critics he is one of the best talent of a new generation of musician.

Graduated in saxophone at the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza with the highest evaluation, Mattia won various prizes and International competitions, among these the Luciano Zorzella National Prize as “Best New Talent”, the Massimo Urbani International Prize and others. He recorded his first album as a leader at 18: “Arriving Soon” (Dejavu/Norma Blu) commissioned by the Japanese label “Pony Canion”, with Tullio De Piscopo, Fabrizio Bosso, Andrea Pozza and Riccardo Fioravanti.

“Arriving Soon” won the prize as Best Jazz Album in the 2010 – international jazz chart by japanese magazine SWING JOURNAL. “Arriving Soon” has been voted as one of the best albums of 2010 by a panel of critics and journalists for the JAZZIT AWARD 2010 (“100 Greatest jazz Album”).

In October 2009 he starts his first Japanese Tour, gaining a great success with both critics and audience.
Wonderful reviews have appeared on MUSICA JAZZ Italian magazine, on French magazine JAZZ HOT, and on English Magazines.

He reaches maturity with “Res Nova“, the second album recorded in 2011 and pubblished by EMI.

This album, officially presented during the UMBRIA JAZZ Festival 2011 (Cigalini is the youngest artist playing in the festival), has been a great public and critical success.

Umbria Jazz selected his own compositions for making the special Umbria Jazz Compilation, dedicated to 150th anniversary of the Italy Unification, they also selected his own Italy National Himn arrangement.

His last album “Beyond” (Cam Jazz) contains songs by artists such Lady Gaga, Shakira, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and many more, played in a modern jazz way. The album has been presented in Germany at the Münster International Jazzfestival (with “sold-out” audience).

In 2013 he performs in New York, with artists such Mingus Big Band, Curtis Lundy, Richard Johhson, Francisco Mela, Peter Slavov, Frank Lacy, Alex Sipiagin, Donald Edwards, in some of the best-known jazz clubs in Manhattan.

He has also appeared in many TV programs on RAI Television, Vatican National TV (worldwide), RSI TV (Swiss), BBC (UK), etc; interviews for fashion magazines like VOGUE, GQ, popular magazines like Gente, Famiglia Cristiana, Panorama, newspapers like Repubblica, Corriere della Sera.

Mattia actually tutor in Jazz Saxophone at the Accademia del Suono in Milan and Swiss National Music Accademy in Switzerland.

Mattia collaborates with the greatest Italian and International musicians (like Tom Harrell, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, and many more), playing in the most famous theatres and festival in Europe and abroad.

In 2011 Mattia has been nominated “Ambassador for Human Rights” by ONLUS Association for Human Rights.
In 2012 he has been nominated “Citizen of the Year” by his city, Piacenza.

Since 2013 he is “Val Luretta Jazz Festival” Artistic Director and founder, an event that brings with great success the finest jazz music to Agazzano, the village where he lives.

Mattia Cigalini is international endorser for YAMAHA Saxophones since 2010 (the youngest one), and Vandoren reeds international endorser since 2011.



Established and prominent figure in the jazz scene, Luigi Tessarollo played in concerts in USA (New York, Boston ...), in Europe (Festival International de Liege, Gouvy Festival, Comblain La Tour - Belgium, Grenoble Jazz Festival, Swiss National Radio, Italian RAI, Ajaccio Jazz, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Toulon .. ) and in the most prestigious Italian Festival (Umbria Jazz, JVC Festival, Jazz & Image in Rome, Festival Internazionale di Cagliari, Verona Jazz Festival, EuroJazzFestival d'Ivrea, Jazz In'It Vignola, Clusone Jazz, Bordighera Jazz & Blues, Ancona The Street of Jazz, Jazz Festival Sant'Elpidio, Rivarolo Jazz Guitar Festival, Guitar Festival Della Valle Ossola ..).

He has worked on stable projects and recordings projects (26 discs assets as leader and co-leader) with most of the best known jazz musicians from all over the country and with many internationally acclaimed artists: Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton George Garzone (with whom he worked for about ten years, performing as early as in 1993 to Regattabar in Boston as winners of the show Best of Boston Jazz Search), Stefano Bollani, Maurizio Giammarco, Flavio Boltro, Paolo Fresu, Adam Nussbaum, Manhua Roche, Matt Wilson, Dean Johnson, Jay Azzolina, Ron Vincent, Barry Harris, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Larry Schnider, Bob Gullotti, Hal Stein, Douglas Yates, JL Rassinfosse, P. Vaiana, Bob Porcelli, Jim Snaidero, Sangoma Everett, Grant Stewart, Gabriel Espinoza ...

With the American singer Rachel Gould has performed regularly since 2001, two CDs released at the moment. (Artists he has performed in concerts with)

In 1997 he founded the Mediterranean Trio with Dario Deidda on fretless and the late Alex Rolle on percussion, with which he made after several years of attendance at festivals and specialized exhibitions, plus the self-titled CD for Bonandrini. Currently, the trio has evolved into a project based on the experience and research of many years of working both as leader and as a composer.

Since the beginning of 1999 to 2002 he engaged in a quartet with Adam Nussbaum(drums of Michael Brecker, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Gil Evans, Carla Bley ...),Riccardo Fassi and Paolino dalla Porta with whom he toured 4 times and released the CD "Bemsha.

In November 1998, in duo with the great piano palyer Stefano Bollani, start the project dedicated to Bill Evans and Jim Hall, from which has been realized the self-titled CD recorded live in Switzerland for the National Radio.

In 2000 he founded the Italian Standards Trio with Manhu Roche on drums and Ares Tavolazzi on bass.

We should also mention the creation of the Passage Quartet ('92-) with whom he recorded two CDs and has performed in international festivals and five-toured withDean Johnson and Ron Vincent (former rhythm of Gerry Mulligan) and Maurizio Giammarco.

In 1991, the invitation to represent, with their own compositions, Italian Jazz at theGrenoble Jazz Festival, and in 1995,his presence as guitarist in the National Orchestra of Italian Jazz Musicians.

In 2004, the Piedmont Region and the Grinzane Cavour Prize, for the first time, contributing to the achievement of a work jazz oriented :"Music of the Piedmont between past and present”: a Tessarollo recording project in collaboration with Fulvio Chiara, the first and only recording work carried out with classical guitar and trumpet. The album contains reworkings of original reworking material borrowed from the history of the traditional Piedmont songs and embellished with a booklet of 50 pages with comments and well-known italianwriters such as Piedmont Luciana Littizzetto, Gambarotta Bruno, Giuseppe Culicchia, Gipo Farassino ...

In 2001 he founded, with the Brazilian guitarist Roberto Taufic, the duo StringsGame which, to date, he performs regularly and is required to represent the Italian jazz at the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006.

From 2007 to 2009 worked in duo with the south Italian violinist Luca Ciarla with whom he made an album.

In 2008 starts the quartet of two guitars with New Yorkers Jay Azzolina (guitar) andRon Vincent (drums), which led to the publication of "Ray's Hat Trick" . CD of only original compositions.

In 2009 joins the young talented Mattia Cigalini on alto sax, which records the project "Italian melodies in Jazz": all Italian songs reworked by the same Tessarollo.

Abundant is his work as a composer : more than 120 songs protected by SIAE including approximately 70 published and released on CD (scores). Many of his records, recorded in large part as a leader, are distributed in Europe, USA and Japan.
In 2005, the music publishing company Carish publics some Tessarollo compositions in the book "Italian Jazz Real Book", a collection of tunes from the most significant composers of jazz in Italy.

Since 2006 he was appointed artistic director of Jazz Guitar Festival Rivarolo.( Torino)

His formative experiences are many: graduation from the Conservatory of Music in Classical Guitar and Jazz, the meetings with great jazz masters such as Jim Hall, John Scofield, Dave Holland ... his musical studies in India and Turkey. Many also his professional experiences (guitarist for the RAI-TV (Italian National Television in the early eighties, guest in TV shows on national channels, collaboration with A. Martelli, concerts with Gloria Gaynor)




Bass player, composer, he also studied classical guitar and contemporary composition.

Since 1978 he has been playing with many prestigious Italian, European and American musicians, among which: Dave Liebman, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Michel Petrucciani, Kenny Wheeler, Sam Rivers, Billy Cobham, Paul Bley, Aldo Romano, Enrico Rava, Lee Konitz, Don Cherry, Mick Goodrick, Tony Oxley, Mal Waldrom, Gianluigi Trovesi, Manhu Roche, Leroy Jenkins, Glenn Ferris, Massimo Urbani, Oliver Lake, Franco D’Andrea, Ran Blake, Nexus 5tet, Antonello Salis, Jimmy Owens, Daniel Humair, Maurizio Giammarco, Don Moye, Paolo Fresu, David Friedman, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Manfred Schoof, Flavio Boltro, Roberto Gatto, Misha Mangelberg, Han Bennik, Bill Elgart, Grande Orchestra Nazionale, Bob Moses, Richard Galliano, Francis Bebey, Dominique Pifarely, Claudio Fasoli, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Murray, Dave Burrel, Adam Nussbaum, Paul McCandless, Stefano Battaglia, John Taylor, Sainkho Namtchylak,  Gianluca Petrella, Eliot Zigmund, Roswell Rudd, Norma Winstone, Dave Binney, Nelson Veras, John Tchicai, Maria Pia De Vito, Bill Stewart, Mark Turner, George Garzone, Uri Caine, Josh Roseman, Kenny Wherner, Bill Carrothers, Steven Bernstein, Greg Hutchinson, Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen, Jorge Rossi, John Abercrombie, Don Byron  etc.

Tours in all Europe, United States, South America, Africa, Russia, Cina, Israel, Australia, New Caledonie, French Polinesia, Africa. 

International Jazz festivals:

Umbria Jazz, North Sea Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Chicago, Marciac, Paris-Parc Floral, Pisa, Grenoble, Clusone, Wien,  Roccella Jonica, Rive de Geres, Koln, Biennale di Venezia, Umbria Jazz Winter, Le Mans, Zurich, Basel, Cagliari, Ciack-Milano, Padova, Montpellier, Sant'Anna Arresi, Pompei, La Spezia, Maastricht, San Remo, Reggio Emilia, Calvì, Atina, Genova, Noci, Bolzano, Nevers, Trento, Ravenna, Pescara, Berchidda, Siena, Maribor, Ivrea, Vignole, Fano, Chur, Verona, Biennale di Zagabria, Iseo, Vicenza, Hamburg, Porquerolles, Arnhem, Boulogne S.M., Skopje, Glasgow, Vitrolles, Couches, Orlean, Womex-Berlin, Gent, Seyne Sur Mer, Gerusalemme, Coutances, Roma , Buenos Aires etc.

Paolino has recorded about 130 records among which five at his name and fifthteen as co-author. In 1994, his record “Tales” was reviewed with four stars by the prestigious American jazz magazine “Down Beat”.

Besides he has composed and arranged the soundtrack of the Wilma Labate’s movie “Domenica”, the music for a tv-documentary “Magia d’Africa” directed by Achille Mauri and the original music of “Inge Film”, a docu-movie about Inge Feltrinelli by Luca Scarzella.

He has been teaching in master classes at Siena Jazz Summer Workshop since 1999 and at the Jazz Department of Milan’s Conservatory since 2006.

Actually he is member of the bands of Paolo Fresu (Devil Quartet – Kind of Porgy & Bess Sextet), Gianluca Petrella Indigo 4, Giovanni Falzone Special Band, Tino Tracanna’s Acrobats 5tet, duo with Bebo Ferra, Dino Rubino Trio and he leads different projects as leader, from the duo to the septet.

In 2008 he was awarded with the first prize as best italian bass player by the magazine “InSound”.




Born in 1958, Manhu Roche studied the bases of jazz with his brother Philippe Roche and Michel Petrucianni and with American drummer Tox Drohard. In 1982, he moved to Italy where he stayed for 14 years during which he played and recorded with a lot of italian musicians.

(See the list at the end)

   On returning to France in 1996, he joined Michel PETRUCCIANI’s Graffiti Quartet which then became the ZDF TRIO with Detlev Beier (b) and a quartet with Steve Grossman (ts). He accompanied PETRUCCIANI throughout all of his European tours until his passing in 1999.

      He collaborates also with: Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Rachel Gould, Chet Baker, Cassandra Wilson, George Garzone, Joe Diorio, Kenny Wheeler, Ira Colman, Mark Dresser, Ernie Wilkins, JunBlake, John Taylor, Palle Danielsson, Jacky Terrasson, Mattew Garrisson,Ronan Guilfoye, Miroslav Vitous, David Berkman, Perico Sambeat, Hein Van De Gein, Park Stickney, …

     He’s participated in the following tours:

-       in East Africa (1984), in West Africa (1994) and in Turkey (1997) with the Eric Barret Quartet

-       in Holland and all the Italy with the Flavio BOLTRO Trio/quartet

-       in Greece with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet

-       in Polynesia, Maurice Island, Russia, Iran with the Alain Brunet Quartet

-       in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei with the Richard Galliano Trio.       

     In 2005, assigned by the French Cultural Center in Cambodia, he gave a series of concerts, leading an ensemble of 30 Cambodian drums and with his trio composed of  Stefano CANTINI (ts) and Lux FENOLI (g).

     He’s recorded more than 60 albums.

     He’s taught at the University of Music in Rome and at the Musical Training Center in Sienne.

Collaborations with  italian musicians:

Marco Bardoscia, Stefano Battaglia, Francesco Bearzatti, Flavio Boltro, Rosario Bonaccorso, Luigi Bonnafede, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Cantini, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Emanuele Cisi, Roberto Cipelli, Dino Contenti, Paolo Dalla Porta, Dario Deidda, Franco D’andrea, Stefano Di Battista, Furio Di Castri, Antonio Farao, Claudio Fasoli, Ricardo Fassi, Umberto Fiorentino, Kekko Fornarelli, Paolo Fresu, Marco Fratini, Maurizio Giammarco, Rosario Giuliani, Mauro Grossi, Yuri Goloubev, Alfredo Impuglitti, Alberto Iovene, Dario Lapenna, Piero Leveratto, Rita/Carla Marcotulli, Mia Martini, Augusto Mancinelli,  Giovanni Mazzarino, Pippo Matino, Aldo Mella, Marco Micheli, RudyMigliardi,  Alfredo Minoti, Gabriele Mirabassi, Massimo Moriconi,  Mauro Negri, Piero Odorici, Romano Patresi, Enrico Pieranunzi, Alfredo Ponissi, Paolo Porta, Nicola Pugliello, Francesco Puglisi, Mario Raya, Danilo Rea, MaurizioRolli, Michael Rosen, Dario Rosciglione, Roberto Rossi, Stefano Sabatini, Antonello Salis, Marco Sarti, Sandro Satta, Daniele Scannapieco, Nicola Stilo, Marco Tamburini, Ares Tavolazzi, Danilo Terenzi, Luigi Tessarollo, TinoTracana, Pietro/Marcello Tonolo, Massimo Urbani, Fabio Zepetella