Sandro Gibellini

Sandro Gibellini (Ita)

We are delighted to announce that Italian jazz guitar maestro Sandro Gibellini returns to Sligo Jazz Project as guitar tutor & performer in 2016. Sandro began playing guitar as a self-taught musician and then studied at the Nino Donzelli Centre for Musical Studies in Cremona. Since 1979 he has devoted himself mainly to jazz, meeting other young musicians from northern Italy, and becoming part of the Gianni Cazzola Quintet. In the eighties he had a chance to play with many Italian musicians (Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Massimo Urbani, Luigi Bonafede, Larry Nocella) and American artists such as Lee Konitz, Mel Lewis, Al Grey, Jimmy Woodie, Sal Nistico, Dave Schnitter, Gerry Mulligan, Lew Tabackin and Jimmy Owens.Between 1988 and 1999 he played in the “Reunion” quintet with Danilo Rea and Roberto Gatto and recorded with Larry Schneider. In 1990 he became a member of “Keptorchestra” and in 1993 he released the CD “Felix” with his own band and “Funny Men” with Mauro Negri and Paolo Birro. Sandro Gibellini has also played on many records of the pop artist Mina.In March 2000 he performed as a member of the Italian All-Stars in New York and at the North Carolina International Jazz Festival and in December 2000 in Cuba at the Havana International Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Sandro was principal guitar tutor at the Global Music Foundation international seminar of Jazz and World music. 2006 saw the launch of Sandro’s solo album “Trufo”, dedicated to the life of his favourite film maker, Francois Truffaut and Sandro’s first Irish visit for a concert and workshop tour, promoted by Sligo Jazz Project with the help of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Ireland.Sandro has played with many jazz greats including Enrico Rava, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Woodie, Al Grey and currently performs with Scott Hamiton’s Quartet. Sandro has been teaching jazz guitar in Italy at the highest level for many years and has taught in Sligo Jazz Project and various other jazz seminars across Europe.