Daniele Cavallanti

Tenor and baritone saxophone player Daniele Cavallanti was born in Milano in 1952 and is active on the Italian and European jazz scene since 1970.

At first with the Gruppo Contemporaneo with trumpeter Guido Mazzon and pianist Gaetano Liguori, then with Roman pianist Patrizia Scascitelli's quartet, the band Aktuala and his own trio with bassist Roberto Della Grotta and drummer Filippo Monico.

In 1981, returning to Italy after a two years stay in Amsterdam, forms the band Nexus, soon co-leaded with drummer Tiziano Tononi. Nexus is considered an historical group of the Italian avant-garde jazz scene, and it has been voted best Italian band in 2003 and second best band in 2004. Daniele Cavallanti is also founding member of the celebrated Italian Instabile Orchestra.

During his career he has recorded, both as leader and as side-man, over 40 records and Cds and has played, among others, with: Gianluigi Trovesi, Enrico Rava, Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Herb Robertson, Mark Dresser, Raphael Garret, Barre Phillips, Andrew Cirylle. Maggie Nicols, Keith Tippet, William Parker, Glenn Ferris, Jean Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Trilok Gurtu, Radu Malfatti, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Ran Blake, Nels Cline, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, Michel Godard, Wolter Wierbos, Willem Breuker, Elliot Sharp, Jerry Granelli.

Both with Nexus and the Italian Instabile Orchestra played all over Italy, Europe and in Canada, United States and Japan.

Daniele Cavallanti Quartet

Daniele Cavallanti - tenor sax
Ivano Borgazzi - piano
Tito Mangialajo - bass
Tiziano Tononi - drums

His new quartet, a classic combination of modern jazz with tenor sax, piano, bass and drums, mainly features original compositions by Daniele Cavallanti and compositions by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

To find out more about Daniele, visit www.italianinstabileorchestra.com.

Nexus Sextet

Daniele Cavallanti - tenor & baritone saxophones
Achille Succi - alto sax & bass clarinet
Beppe Caruso - trombone
Roberto Cecchetto - guitar
Tito Mangialajo - bass
Tiziano Tononi - drums

Nexus was formed in 1980 by Daniele Cavallanti and Tiziano Tononi with the idea of creating a long lasting unit/sound inspired by the most peculiar musical experiences of the '60s (Mingus, Coleman, Coltrane, Shepp, Cherry, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Liberation Orchestra etc.), rended in a contemporary context. In over twenty years of activity Nexus has become more and more a sort of a workshop band in which many different musicians have been playing (Pino Minafra, Luca Bonvini, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roberto Ottaviano, Lauro Rossi, Glenn Ferris, Piero Leveratto, Mark Dresser, Giovanni Maier, Daniele Patumi, Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Herb Robertson) adding their own voices to what has always been, anyway, the "Nexus sound". Nexus took part in the most important jazz festivals in Italy: Milano, Clusone, Cagliari, Bolzano, Trento, Roma, Pavia, Noci, Talos Ruvo di Puglia, Venezia. Verona. Toured Germany and Holland in '82, '83, '85 and played at jazz festivals in Wien, Koln, Le Mans, Kempten, Mulhouse, Vilshofen, Gent, Opeye, Saarbrucken St. Ingbert, Tampere, Valence, Vancouver, Braga. The repertoire of the group consists mainly of original compositions by the two leaders. Specials projects have been dedicated to the music of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Roland Kirk, Duke Ellington and Eric Dolphy.