In addition to his classical and jazz studies, Michele Papadia specialized in the different aspects of afro-american music (jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul, pop, live eletronics). In 1995 he won a scholarship and attended the three-years High Professional Qualification jazz course funded by CEE at Siena Jazz. Papadia studied with Franco D’Andrea and Enrico Pieranunzi and then he specialized at Boston Berklee School of Music. He attend seminars with K.Barron, Shirley Scott, P.Metheny, D.Liebman, Ray Brown.
LIVE and STUDIO COLLABORATIONS:
JAZZ: Gianluca Petrella, R.Gatto, F.Bearzatti, P.Dalla Porta, D.Deidda, M.Manzi, D.Liebman, S.Gibellini, A.Tavolazzi, F.Morgera, G.Cifarelli, Ed Neumeister, T.Ghiglioni, JD Allen, Bobby Previte, Chris Dave, Charlie Hunter, Orchestra Siena Jazz
ROCK/BLUES/SOUL: Derek Truks Band, Etta James, Robben Ford, Ledisi, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, Ana Popovic, Rudy Rotta, Brian Auger, Sugar Blue, Peter Green, Marvin Warren, Kenny Neal, Koko Taylor, William Bell, Melvia “Chick” Rogers, Los Angeles Gospel Choir
POP: Jovanotti, Gabriella Ferri, Patti Austin, Patty Pravo, Dolcenera, Karima Ammar, Articolo 31, Max Pezzali, Withney Houston, Roberto Gualdi, Phil Palmer, Pino Palladino
He participated in the most important jazz, rock, blues and gospel festivals, in Europe, USA and Asia; he recorded also as a sideman. Since the end of the 90s he has been very sought after as a session man in many american studios (for gospel, blues, funk, pop, jazz productions), especially in Nashville where he specialized in pop-gospel style and in New Orleans, where he dealt with the typical piano style, performing in piano solo at the historic club “Tipitina”. He had been pianist and arranger for Gabriella Ferri between 1994 and 1998 playing with her in the most important italian and european theatres. In the same years he had been very active in the “acid jazz” italian and London scene, especially with the Rhodes piano and the Hammond Organ. In 1997 papadia recorded “Kythera”, discographic work with Stefano “Cocco Cantini”, Paolino Dalla Porta and Massimo Manzi. In May 2002 he was chosen from the Empire Entertainment in N.Y. City to accompaign Patti Austin, Whitney Houston and Jessy Jackson for their Warner Bros. italian performances.
The following year he was with Patti Austin again for her european tour. Between 2000 and 2005 he has collaborated with Rudy Rotta playing in various European tours and recording with special guests like Brian Auger, Robben Ford, Peter Green, John Mayall. Between 2005 and 2006 he has played in the new Roberto gatto organ 4tet with Andy Gravish and Daniele Tittarelli. In 2006 he recorded the album “Buon Sangue” by Jovanotti. In september 2008 his second album as a leader was released: AFROCENTRADELIC with Petrella, Bearzatti, Accardi e Giorgi. It was included in the “Best european nu-jazz albums” top ten of 2008 and it was very appreciated from the best european specialized magazines. The album was released from Egea label in Europe, England, Japan.
Papadia was voted by specialized German, French and Dutch magazines as “best blues/soul european pianist-organist” in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and mentioned on the magazine Down Beat as one of the new talents in the 2008 and 2009 “Keyboards” category.