Herts Jazz Club – Rossano Sportiello Trio
Rossano Sportiello – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums
Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello began studying piano at the age of 9 and continued until his graduation in classical piano in 1996. At 16, he was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, joining one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang”, touring throughout Italy and West Europe until the end of 2000. He then met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Mr. Harris has touted Rossano as “the best stride piano player” he has ever heard. Stylistically though, international critics consider Rossano a follower of Ralph Sutton. He has performed with many of the world’s finest jazz luminaries and been in much demand in the U.S. appearing at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations. Rossano has performed all over the world at acclaimed festivals and venues. He joined the Harry Allen Quartet in 2008 and is also a member of the European trio, “Three Wise Men”. In 2016, Rossano received the prestigious Valenza Jazz Award 2016 as musician of the year.