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LIVE @ Thame Snooker Club - on 10th Jan 07

The Gianni Quartet

Gianni Boscarino - Piano
Chris Williams - Alto Sax
Nick Pugh - Bass
Vasilis Sarikis - Drums

Gianni Boscarino is an Italian pianist and composer, currently based in London. He has been playing piano for 17 years and has developed his original melodic/rhythmic approach under the guidance of Gareth Williams and Nikki Iles. The band has been together for two years and has gigged throughout London and other venues across the country. They provide a mix of original material and modern interpretations of jazz standards. Gianni also plays with Tim Collinson’s quartet with whom he has appeared at many jazz festivals across Britain, including Swanage, Swindon and Corsham (where the band supported the Stan Tracy trio). Gianni’s music is beautifully enhanced by Chris Williams’ soaring alto sax. Chris is a versatile musician and is an integral part of the experimental jazz group Led Bib, who are currently signed to the Babel Label. The contribution of Ben and Vasilis in the rhythm section helps to give the quartet its vibrant modern sound. What others have said: "This is a great opportunity to witness and marvel at Gianni's already prodigious yet youthful talent at close quarter.

He has a fine percussive attack, worthy of comparison with his fellow jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock for invention. Gianni is destined for a magnificent future in Jazz" - Jazz Eddie.
"The light and vibrant piano of Gianni Boscarino was a revelation as his fingers skipped over the keys painting intricate sound pictures" Mark Sammut, Corsham jazz.


Gianni BoscarinoThe Gianni Quartet
Gianni Boscarino - Pianist and Composer.

Influenced by
Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Return to Forever, Hermeto Pascoal, early Pat Metheny, early Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Joyce, Wayne Shorter, Oam Trio, Bill Evans.

A new kid on the block, Gianni has a great sense of rhythm and timing and is also an accomplished composer with his own group. (The Gianni Quartet). Gianni is currently in his second year of the highly regarded Jazz degree course at Middlesex University.  He also appears with the Tim Collinson Quartet
This is a great opportunity to witness and marvel at Gianni's already prodigious yet youthful talent at close quarters, Fine inventive and percussive attack and worthy of comparison with his fellow jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock for invention - he is destined for a magnificent future in Jazz - his last visit to us was as Keyboard player with the Tim Collinson Quartet - Jazz Eddie



Chris Williams - Alto Saxophone and Composer

Chris was born in London, his mother is English and his father is Jamaican. He studied for BA in Jazz at Middlesex University and he's only 24 years old. He's got a unique sound, a very interesting approach to improvisation and an amazing time feel. With Led Bib he's been playing in top venues such as the Vortex where they presented a jazz festival last summer. With Led Bib he released an album for Slam Production and one for Babel Label 

Led Bib

also plays with Guitarist Vitor Pereira's Quartet






Nick Pugh Bass

Nick Pugh is a busy freelance bassist who is located near London but works throughout the UK and Europe. He plays double bass and bass guitar and offers strong sight-reading and improvisational skills. All forms of jazz, swing and contemporary double bass playing are specialities but Nick is equally at home with contemporary bass guitar work in addition to playing for cabaret, stage shows and studio sessions.

Also plays Piano and Cello

Works with and backs: Frank Griffith, Alan Skidmore, Alan Barnes, Simon Spillett, Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Henry Lowther, Howard Alden, Dave Cliff, Rickey Woodard, Janusz Carmello, Kelvin Christiane, Ken McCarthy 7



Vasilis Sarikis - Drums

Born in Athens in 1977. In Athens he studied hand percussion with Vangelis Karipis and jazz drumming with Nikos Sidirokastritis at the Atheneum Conservatoire. In 2003 he came to London to take the BA in Jazz music from Middlesex University. This gave him the chance to study with musicians like Nikki Iles, Paul Clarvis and Ian Pattinson.  Vasilis divides his time between jazz projects like Mauro Banfi's Humbleside and Aida Severo and world music projects like Bucimis Balkan Band, playing as a freelance musician and teaching privately both drums and percussion. Currently doing the PGCE in Music at Middlesex University.  Vasilis has performed across Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, France and UK music as diverse as pop and rock, Brazilian, Greek, Turkish, Jazz, Drum ‘n Bass, musical theatre and gospel.Still a London resident, he divides his time between jazz- world music projects like Jonny Philips’ Sherpa Boy and his own project Picada.

Also plays with Guitarist Vitor Pereira's Quartet
Vitor Pereira

Concert Programme included
First Set
Dolphin Dance - Herbie Hancock
Inspiring Moments - Gianni Boscarino original
Addio - Gianni Boscarino original
Inner Urge - Joe henderson
Moving On - Gianni Boscarino original
Second Set
Autumn Leaves -
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Joseph Kosma

Footprints - Wayne Shorter
Hope - Gianni Boscarino original
Melancholy Joy - Gianni Boscarino original
I'm Coming to You  - Gianni Boscarino original
Panic - Gianni Boscarino original

We really enjoyed last night. Gianni was great and we like the venue layout and relaxed atmosphere.  Looking forward to the next one!
Mike & Sheila - p.s we have The Jazz on regularly now on DAB since discovering it.


Gianni is just having the artwork completed on his new album and and we eagerly await the content which will include his original compositions.

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