Dado Moroni

Edgardo Dado Moroni was born in Genoa in 1962 and came in touch with jazz music very early, his professional career took off at the age of 14, playing all over Italy with some of the most important Italian musicians like Franco Cerri, Tullio De Piscopo, Luciano Milanese, Gianni Basso, Sergio Fanni and Massimo Urbani and Tullio de Piscopo.

At the age of 17 he recorded his first trio album with Tullio de Piscopo and the American bassist Julius Farmer and at the of 18 the second record, “Bluesology” saw him joined by trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, the bassist Niels Henning Oersted Pedersen and the great Tullio De Piscopo at the drums.

In 1983, at the Sanremo Jazz Festival, he met the bassist Jimmy Woodie and the trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison. Dado joined the Jimmy Woode Trio, together with Alvin Queen and Sangoma Everett that used to alternate themselves with the drums and traveled all over Europe accompanying jazz giants like Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Buddy De Franco, Zoot Sims and many more.
With the young and talented saxophonist George Robert, Dado began a long friendship and collaboration.

In 1987 they founded the “George Robert/Tom Harrell Quintet”. In 1987, Dado ‘s meeting with the double bass legend Ray Brown produced the formation of the “Two Bass Hits” Trio with one of his most talented protégé, Pierre Boussaguet. In the same year, Dado recorded his first New York album with the other double bass master Ron Carter (“Ron Carter presents Dado Moroni” with Grady Tate and Gene Bertoncini) for the label Emarcy Japan. He was also invited as a pianist for the summer tour of the Mingus Dynasty, the Paris Reunion Band and as a judge for the first Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition together with Sir Roland Hanna, Hank Jones, Barry Harris and Roger Kellaway. The contest was won by the pianist Marcus Roberts.

In 1989 Dado participated with the “Alvin Queen Quintet” on a 5-week tour in Africa for U. S. State Department. As a member of the quartet of George Robert (Isla Eckinger at the bass and Peter Schmidlin at the drums, plus Clark Terry as special guest), Dado participated in a 5 month world tour performing in the United States, Canada, Hawaii, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, India and the United Arab Emirates.

After moving to New York, Dado played at the Blue Note, the Sweet Basil, the Birdland, The Village Vanguard, the Visionese and at the Bradley’s. In 1994 Ray Brown invited Dado to record the album entitled “Some of my best friends … the piano players”. In 1995 after the success of the project “Two pianos one soul”, in which he performed in prestigious theaters with the classical pianist Antonio Balista, Dado was invited to the Mount Fuji/Concord Jazz Festival and participated in a 2-week tour together with the Concord All Stars, the Ray Brown Trio and the Modern Jazz Quartet. In 1999, Dado performed a series of concerts with Ron Carter at the bass and Billy Drummond at the drums, including the Vicenza International Jazz Festival. In the same year his name was included in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, written by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

In 2005 Dado returned to Japan as a member of the ninth edition of the Japanese production dedicated to the most beloved pianists “100 Gold Fingers. In 2006 it is worth noting the performance of the Dado trio, with Peter Washington (db) and Lewis Nash (dr.) at the legendary Birdland in New York. In 2007 the beautiful collaboration with the trumpeter Tom Harrell, which continues today, was sealed by a recording, for the label Abeat, entitled “The Cube”. In 2009 he produced a single piano cd, with the record label Abeat Record, titled “SoloDado”, album that led him to the victory of the Top Jazz Award as best pianist of the year. In 2010 two other productions were published: “La vita è bella”, Abeat Records, with Bob Mintzer, Riccardo Fioravanti and Joe La Barbera, “Shapes”, Tcb Records, with Peter Washington and Enzo Zirilli, “Tuscia in Jazz Live 1002 “, TiJ live 1002, with Eddie Gomez and Marco Valeri,” Stepping on stars “, Egea UJ, with Joe Locke and Rosario Giuliani. In October of that year, Dado performed at the prestigious New York club, Dizzy’s Club, a jazz temple at Lincoln Center, with his quintet, Joe Locke at the vibraphono, Jed Levy at the tenor saxophone and flute, Peter Washington at the double bass and Billy Drummond at the drums.
In December 2010, Dado obtained the chair of jazz piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. In 2011 he signed a recording contract with the American label Resonance Records, with the release of the album: – “Live in Beverly Hills”, with Marco Panascia at the double bass and Peter Erskine at the drums. In 2012 he released a CD entitled “Two for Duke” produced by Via Veneto Jazz/Jandomusic in duo with saxophonist Max Ionata and in May of the same year Dado was invited again to the Vicenza Jazz Festival together with the other pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron for a tribute to Thelonious Monk and in July, with the same line-up and pianist Eric Reed, he performed at the San Sebastian Festival, in Spain. In 2014 Dado honored the music of John Coltrane with a CD called “Five for John” (Via Veneto Jazz/Jandomusic) together with Joe Locke at the vibraphone, Alvin Queen at the drums, Marco Panascia at the double bass and Max Ionata at the tenor sax. This project has been promoted all over Europe with a two-week tour. In the same year, Via Veneto Jazz/Jandomusic produced another CD of the Duo Dado Moroni/Max Ionata, this time dedicated to the music of Stevie Wonder, entitled “Two for Stevie” and the duo performed in Japan and Hong Kong.

From August 2014 Dado is a lecturer at the Nuoro Jazz summer seminars. In 2015 he released the CD Barbershop, ABeat editions, with Franco Cerri, Riccardo Fioravanti and Stefano Bagnoli. Dado also loves to try to play with artists who are normally “far away” from his sphere of action, obtaining always interesting results. Lucio Dalla, Tiziano Ferro, Eros Ramazzotti, Mietta and Ornella Vanoni have requested his piano on several occasions and with Mietta even a common project was born entitled “When the Jazz makes Pop” together with Furio Di Castri on the double bass, Enzo Zirilli at the drums and the comedian Alessandro Bergallo, who already has many live performances as well as a special one cariied out in 2013 by the Italian Swiss Radiotelevision. In December 2015, he began the collaboration and the recording of a CD with Karima Ammar, playing Christmas songs arranged by Moroni and performed with a rhythmic swing of unmistakable granclasse composed by Stefano Bagnoli and Riccardo Fioravanti.