Richard Galliano


Richard Galliano (Le Cannet, France, 1950), is a famous and award-winning jazz accordionist. Among his idols and mentors, important was the influence of Astor Piazzolla who brought him closer to tango’s world, that however Galliano revolutionized completely thanks to a more contemporary awareness.

Galliano started playing the accordion since he was a child, although he subsequently got closer to the trombone. He studied composition at Nizza’s Academy and fell in love with Miles Davis’s and Clifford Brown’s jazz.

In 1973 he moved to Paris where he became a member of Claude Nougaro’s Orchestra, in which he stayed until 1976 while collaborating with famous jazzists like Joe Zawinul and Ron Carter. After the meeting with Astor Piazzolla, Galliano started his reinterpretation of traditional jazz music and in 1993 he signed with record label Dreyfus. Richard then published albums like Viaggio (1993), Laurita (1995), and New York Tango (1996) and reached both a national and international success.

In 2001, Galliano released Gallianissimo! The Best Of, a compilation that contains tracks of previous albums, and Face to Face, an album featuring French pianist and singer Eddy Louiss.

After three years of touring, in 2004 Richard published Blues sur Seine, together with cellist Jean-Charles Capon, followed by Ruby, My Dear (2005), in which he played together with the bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Clarence Penn in a musical formation called The New York Trio.

Galliano came back as a soloist in his 2007 album Solo, followed by Mare Nostru (2008) created in collaboration with Paolo Fresu, Jan Lundgren, Luz Negra and presenting itself as a profound dive in tango’s music.

The following projects of Galliano were his own reinterpretations on classical music: Richard Galliano: Bach (2010), Richard Galliano: Nino Rota (2011), Richard Galliano: Antonio Vivaldi (2013), and Richard Galliano: Mozart (2016).

In 2016, Richard also published New Jazz Musette by Ponderosa Music & Art, in which he directed a musical quartet composed by Philippe Aerts (contrabass), Andrè Ceccarelli (drums), and Sylvain Luc (guitar).

In 2018 Galliano joined organist Thierry Escaich and published Aria, while in 2019 he released Tributo a Michel Legrand featuring Prague String Quartet. In August 2020, Richard Galliano performed in Italy during Monfortinjazz at Monforte d’Alba (CN) taking his sophisticated jazz variations and blending them with melodic French style





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