BIOGRAPHY

JAZZIT AWARD WINNER/Best Male Vocalist 2010/11/12/13/14/15.

“When I first heard Gegè on The International Doc Club, the television show he hosted in Rome, I said to myself, ‘Self, this is one bad motorcycle!’ That opinion has not changed, nor will it ever. Gegè is bad.
He’s good too, of course, but he’s better than good. He’s BAD! When you hear him, you know you’re listening to a soul that’s on the inside singing out, not on the outside looking in. This ain’t no cat trying to git it”.


Jon Hendricks


“Gegè Telesforo, as Jon Hendricks has pointed out, is Italy’s foremost jazz singer.
He has hosted national radio and television programs for many years, and is a media celebrity who represents the best of the living jazz tradition. For several years, he was the host of television and radio programs that showcased the best international musical talent. He performed with or interviewed such stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Deedee Bridgewater, Betty Carter, Miles Davis, James Brown and Jimmy Smith…...

His recordings on Go Jazz have featured his scat-singing with such jazz masters as Clark Terry, Jon Hendricks, Bob Berg, and Bob Malach. But what makes him truly special is that he is both a bebopper and a bluesman. He is Touring continuously, both in Italy and around the world leading his own bands, a hard-driving collection of talented musicians who can swing and groove as hard as any group in the world”…..

….“In order to be a great jazz improviser, you must be a great composer, because jazz improvisation is nothing less than instant composition. In order to be a great jazzman, you must also have your own sound, your voice, that is unique to you and unlike anyone else. By these measures, Gege Telesforo is both a great jazzman and a great composer. His compositions have the same free swing and melodic innovation that one hears in his brilliant scat solos and his voice is both melodically and rhythmically his own. I have been inspired many times by this voice to match words to his melodies and to tell stories that are driven by his fantastic sense of rhythm and his deep sense of brotherhood. His message is our message, and in his hands, the bridge between jazz and funk is complete and we are free to explore the worlds of modern groove and swing. Writing songs with Gege has been one of the great pleasures of my musical experience.”


BenSidran