April 15th, 2022 10:30pm Stage 3
Daniele Germani's musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 4. By the time he was 11 years old he had focused his musical talents on the saxophone, playing numerous times with the marching band of his town. By the age of 20 he had played jazz throughout Europe, including Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. At that age he also completed the seven-year program of the Conservatory of Frosinone (Italy), and landed a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston. At his conservatory graduation, he performed the musically challenging Sequenza IXb by Luciano Berio, a virtuosic 20th century masterpiece, as he prepared to cross an ocean.
In the spring of 2014, 5 months into his Performance Degree at Berklee, he was accepted into the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. This was a time of enriching and seemingly unbelievable experiences for Germani, seeing as he was now being taught directly by maestros he had long admired; including Dave Santoro, Danilo Perez, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, Jim Odgren, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Alan Pasqua among many others. Simultaneously, he was playing with contemporary musicians from all over the world, and held performances consistently. Every Tuesday (with his own quartet) and every Friday (with Cosimo Boni Quintet), of his 4 years at Berklee, he would play for the crowd at Wally's Jazz Club, and to this day, he praises the musical, personal, and professional growth that came from those performances and those years. At the completion of his Bachelors, in May 2017, there was only one place where he wished to expand his growth even more: New York City.
Upon arriving New York, where he currently resides, he quickly established himself as an on-demand sideman and bandleader and is actively involved in numerous musical projects. Today, he has traveled and performed in famous jazz festivals and clubs around the United States, South America and Europe such as: Panama Jazz Festival with Dave Douglas Octet and the BGJI ambassadors, Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Peperoncino Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Cordoba Jazz Festival, Rosario Jazz Festival, Summer Time Casa del Jazz with David Kikoski Quartet, and George Garzone and Leo Genovese quintet. Since arriving in the United States he has collaborated with many great musicians such as Leo Genovese, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses, Dave Kikoski, George Garzone and many others. Daniele is also one of the last students to be taught by jazz legend Lee Konitz, before his passing in April 2020.
Daniele Germani has always believed that music is a powerful tool to develop the creative and expressive potential of people and that it will always be a driving force in society, breaking down human barriers and uniting people. For him, this has been undoubtedly true. His most recent work includes “Leave it Blank for Now” an album traversing the boundaries of modern and free jazz, created in collaboration with pianist Leo Genovese, Cosimo Boni, and Francesco Marcocci and his own quartet featuring his long-time band mates: Justin Salisbury (piano) Giuseppe Cucchiara (bass) Jongkuk Kim (drums).
Being a bandleader and having a working group for over four years has allowed Daniele to grow as a composer and arranger. In the year 2019, he challenged himself to compose one tune per day. Today, he has written over 450 tunes, and he released two records on his name in 2021, one for gleam "Congregation of Folks" with his quartet and one with his quintet featuring Joe Sanders "What reason could I give" for Fresh Sound records
Daniele Germani - Saxes
Justin Salisbury - Piano
Giuseppe Cucchiara - Bass
Karl-Henrik Ousbäck - Drums