Bio

 

Gianluca Renzi is a New York City based bass player, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer. He is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician and he currently performs on a regular basis with some of the world most known jazz artists.

He recently recorded, wrote music and performed with many artists such as: Jacam Manricks, Kevin Hays, Ari Hoenig, Jon Davis, Loston Harris, Giovanni Mirabassi, Lukmil Perez, Alex Sipiagin, Gene Jackson, Orrin Evans, Rudy Royston, Mark Whitfield, Clarence Penn, Eliot Zigmud and many others.

Before moving to New York in 2008 he was one of the most active Italian bass players. Gianluca Renzi has been member of the Antonio Farao` trio (with Dejan Terzic); Rosario Giuliani quartet (with Pietro Lussu, Fabrizio Sferra); Rosario Giuliani quintet (with Dado Moroni, Flavio Boltro, Fabrizio Sferra); Maurizio Giammarco Megatons (with Pino Iodice, Dario Cecchini, John Arnold). He also worked with Roberto Gatto, Enrico Pieranunzi, Fabrizio Bosso, Franco Ambrosetti, Riccardo Fassi, Umberto Fiorentino Stefano Battaglia, Ettore Fioravanti and many american artists on tour in Europe such as: Alex Sipiagin, Bobby Watson, David Binney, Alvin Batiste, Edward Simon, Carl Allen, Gary Smulyan, Steve Grossman, Orrin Evans, Gene Jackson, Steve Lacy, Adam Nussbaum.


Since he moved to New York City he has been part of several outstanding recordings: Chamber Jazz (by Jacam Manricks, with Kevin Hays, Ari Hoenig); No Kiddin’ (by Jon Davis); Swingfully Yours (by Loston Harris, with Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Carmen Intorre), Captain Black Big Band (by Orrin Evans), Mother’s Touch (by Orrin Evans), Status Cymbal (by Bruce Cox with Aruan Ortiz, Abraham Burton).


Beside his activity in the United States, Gianluca Renzi has a prominent presence in Europe, especially in France because of the ten years long collaboration with the Paris based pianist Giovanni Mirabassi. The Giovanni Mirabassi trio released many recordings (Terra Furiosa, Out Of Track, Live at the Blue Note Tokyo, Tribute to Bill, Viva VE.R.D.I., No Way Out) for the labels Cam Jazz and Discograph. Most of these records has been awarded by the CHOC (Special recognition) by the magazines JazzMan (France) and Classica (France).


Gianluca Renzi has performed in some of the world most important Jazz Festival: Umbria Jazz (Italy), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), San Fracisco SFJazz (USA), Richmond Jazz Festival (USA), Istambul Jazz Festival (Turkey), Shanghai Jazz Festival (China), Jazz al Parque (Colombia), Jarasum Jazz Festival (South Korea), Kanazawa Jazz Festival (Japan), San Javier Jazz Festival (Spain), Guimaraes Jazz Festival (Portugal) and many more…
He has also performed in some of the most internationally known Jazz Venues: Birdland (New York), Lincoln Center (new York), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Velvet Note (Atlanta), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), Blue Note Nagoya (Japan), Cotton Club Tokyo, Sunside Jazz Club (Paris), Duc des Lombard (Paris) and many others.


His work as an arranger has served many artists in the Jazz scene. In 2012 and 2014 he composed and arranged some music for the CDs “Mother’s Touch” and “Captain Black Big Band” by the pianist Orrin Evans. In 2011 he arranged all the music for trio and strings orchestra of the CD “Viva V.E.R.D.I.” by the French/Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi. In 2007 he arranged the the music for sextet of the CD “Live at Casa del Jazz” by Rosario Giuliani. The CD was an homage to “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis featuring an all stars band (Enrico Pieranunzi, Flavio Boltro, Emanuele Cisi, Rosario Giuliani, Fabrizio Sferra, Gianluca Renzi). In 2007 he also arranged for combo big band his CD “Charles and Joe”, a tribute to the music of Charles Mingus and Joe Henderson. In 2011, Gianluca Renzi has also been the arranger and orchestrator of all the music (composed by Giovanni Mirabassi) of a musical realized by Roman Daudet Jahan for La Femis (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son) the french state film school under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.