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Claudio Fasoli

Claudio Fasoli is a saxophone player, composer and teacher; he also contributes articles and reviews to music magazines.

Born in Venice, he now lives in Milan, Italy. After a long apprenticeship and many sessions with various prominent musicians, he achieved popularity in the ’70s playing with PERIGEO QUINTET, among whose other artists were Franco D’Andrea and Giovanni Tommaso. This group performed throughout Europe and also overseas, and with it Fasoli gained considerable experience both as soloist and composer. When the group disbanded in 1978, he became leader of his own groups, putting together mostly trios or quartets. Some of the great names of the european and international jazz scene have played in these groups. For example: Henri Texier, Lee Konitz, Jean-François Jenny Clark, Aldo Romano, Ken Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Dave Holland, Palle Danielsson, Bobo Stenson, Tony Oxley, Bill Elgart, Mick Goodrick etc.

He introduced his own compositions in concerts and festivals around the world, creating also a remarkable discography. In addition to his native Italy, he has performed in France, Switzerland, Jugoslavia, Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, England, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and the United States.

He played in the first performances of the “Grande Orchestra Nazionale” in Italy and in the Lydian Sound Orchestra.

He has also participated with and conducted the European Music Orchestra in live and studio performances and has played with the Manfred Schoof International Band.

Fasoli adapts well to various musical settings but has developed his own solo style and a recognizable, always-developing, compositional approach. Acclaimed even abroad, he continues to work with the best italian and foreign musicians.

Since the Siena International Jazz Clinics was founded in 1978, Fasoli has been responsible for the classes in Tenor and Soprano Saxophone and the master classes in improvisation. He founded the Saxophone Courses at the city of Milan’s Civic School of Jazz and has taught Jazz at National Conservatories. He conducts Clinics throughout Italy and abroad. He was Artistic Director of Padua Jazz Festival (2003-2010).

His name appears in Music and Jazz Dictionnaries in Italy and abroad.

(further info on Feather / Gitler “Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz”, or