“…Roberto is in my estimation one of the most talented pianists I have encountered over the past years. He is disciplined, knowledgeable about the jazz legacy, has great ears and most of all, a burning desire to be a great musician…” – Dave Liebman
Born in Milan in 1977, he starts playing piano at the age of eight, studying classic authors. He discover jazz music during his adolescence studying with: Ray Santisi at Berklee School and Umbria Jazz seminars in 1994; Franco D’Andrea and Enrico Pieranunzi at Siena Jazz in 1996; Enrico Intra and Roberto Pronzato at Jazz Civici Corsi in Milano, where he obtained the diploma in 1999. In 1995 he joined the Big Band directed by Enrico Intra with which he recorded four albums with Soul Note label: “Italian Club Graffiti” for Erga-Peer Music, NIght Creature”, “New Perspectives” e “New Italian Graffiti”. He accompanies various important artists like: Dave Liebman, Max Roach, Bobby Watson, Bob Brookmeyer, David Murray, Eddie Daniels, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Franco Ambrosetti, Giovanni Tommaso.
In 2000, drawing inspiration from the pianist Ahmad Jamal, Tarenzi founded the CUES Trio with Lucio Terzano and Tony Arco, recording the albums “Introducing CUES trio” with the label DDQ-SoulNote in 2001, and “Cues trio meets David Liebman – FEEL” with the Abeat Records. In 2003, during a jam session, Tarenzi met James Cammack, Ahmad Jamal’s bassist for twenty years. They played some concerts in Italy and recorded the album “Rather Odd” in trio with the drummer Tony Arco, the project leader. In october 2005 Tarenzi recorded the album “Volatile” (TCB-Montreux) with the Nat Su quartet. In december 2005 he recorded two live sessions with Dave Liebman, during an italian tour. From these sessions, two albums were born: “Dream of Nite” and “Negative Space” both produced in Europe by Emarcy Universal and released in USA with the label VERVE. At the beginning of 2006 he moved to New York for six months, playing in clubs and recording with the singer Alice Ricciardi the album “Comes Love”, released by Blue Note-EMI Music.
In the same period he recorded also “The Right place” (Emarcy-Universal) by Gaetano Partipilo, “13 Floors” and “Dig Deep” (Music Center) and “Locomotion” (SoundHills) with Franco Ambrosetti and Michele Bozza. Once he came back from the USA he was chosen with other eleven pianists all over the world (in whom Aaron Parks and Gerald Clayton) to participate in the prestigious “Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition”, performing in front of a jury chaired by Herbie Hancock and including also Danilo Perez and Andrew Hill.
In 2008 he moved to Rome and started playing very hard with Stefano Di Battista and Rosario Giuliani, collaborating also with Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Dario Deidda, Fabio Zeppetella, Fabrizio Bosso, Max Ionata and all the best musicians of the italian scene. Tarenzi appears in the 12th DVD “The great story of Jazz” concerning a project directed by Massimo Nunzi. He recorded an album with Stefano Di Battista for “Casa del Jazz”, released in 2009 for the series of L’Espresso magazine; he also recorded two albums with the singer Nicky Nicolai (Più Sole with Emarcy-Universal and “Sophisticated Lady” for L’Espresso). In the same year he recorded: “One Day I’ll Fly Away” (in trio for the label DejaVu) that achieved a resounding selling success in Japan; and “Night Walk” ( also DejaVu) with the saxophonist Max Ionata.
He has collaborated with: Dave Liebman, Stefano Di Battista, Rosario Giuliani, Nicky Nicolai, Nicola Angelucci, Gaetano Partipilo, Jean Charles Richard, Roberto Gatto, Franco Ambrosetti, Nat Su, Roberto Pistolesi, Dario Deidda, Pietro Ciancaglini, Paolo Recchia, Max Ionata, Maurizio Giammarco.
In 2010 Tarenzi recorded “Involving, evolving, revolving” (released by Alice Records in June 2011) with Roberto Pistolesi, Pietro Ciancaglini, Stefano Di Battista e Dario Deidda. In 2012 he recorded in New York “Images” by Rosario Giuliani with John Patitucci, Joe Locke e Joe LaBarbera. In 2013 his discographic work came alive: “Other Digressions” has been recently released for Abeat Records. Roberto Tarenzi is currently working in several international festivals as Jazz a la Villette Paris, Maciac Jazz Fastival, Vienne Jazz Festival Rennes jazz festival, Biel jazz, London jazz Festival, Festival jazz di Vigo, Malaga, Zappa group Israel, Festival jazz de Algiers, Beirut jazz, Porgy & Bess Vienna, Sunside Paris, Sounds jazz Bruxelles, la Bilbahina Bilbao, Ronnie’s Scott London, Blue Note Milan, Sweet Rhythm new york, Smalls Jazz New York, Deer Head Inn Delaware Water Gap and many more.