Born in Torino, Italy, in 1964, self-thaugt musician, he’s one of the most representative voices in the european jazz scene.
His unique tone, along with a deep knowledge of the tradition mixed with a personal taste for composition, are became a landmark for jazz lovers.
Since he won the Musica Jazz magazine critic’s prize in Italy as New Best Talent back in 1995, he recorded 12 cd’s as a leader or co-leader (the last one, “Homecoming”, for the japanese label AlbòreJazz ), and more than 50 as a sideman.
During his career, he played and recorded with many great artists like Clark Terry, Jimmy Cobb, Albert Tootie Heat, Walter Booker, Joe Chambers, Ron Carter, George Cables, Nat Adderley, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Owens, Billy Hart, Cameron Brown, Billy Cobham, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Wheleer, Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Sting and many many others.
He has toured extensively in Europe, U.S., China, Oceania, South America.
In spring 2011, the world première of the Detroit Torino Urban Jazz Project (a multimedia project he founded in and co-leaded since 2006 with the Detroit born tenor player Chris Collins) took place at Torino’s Opera House along with the Symphonic Orchestra.
In last years he also recorded and toured as a jazz soloist with the baroque ensemble “La Venexiana”, consisered as a world preminent interpreter of Monteverdi’s music.
He’s visiting more and more the U.S. scene, and he’s planning to record in New York his next album.
He teach Jazz Saxophone at the Conservatory of Torino.