“The avait des partitions et j’ai pris an immense plaisir à les interpréter. In Terracina, the jazz n’existait pas. Mais il ya une vraie scène en Italie. Chez nous, the musical culture est forte.
On entretient avec elle des rapports intenses. The folklore qui tient une grande place, sert d’initiation à l’art en générale et plus particulièrement à la musique.”
Translation: “The music had scores and I took great pleasure in interpreting them. In Terracina, jazz did not exist. But there is a real scene in Italy. With us, the musical culture is strong. We have intense relationships with her. The folklore which holds a large place, serves as an introduction to art in general and more particularly to music.”
These thoughts, succinct but effective, expressed during an interview with a French journalist well represent Rosario Giuliani. The score he was referring to in the French interview was Rosario, then only twelve years old. Just a few years after acquainting himself with the great American sax player’s oeuvre, he completed his formal studies at the “L. Refice” Conservatory in Frosinone obtaining maximum point scores.
Tenacity – in a city where “jazz n’existait pas” – talent, a deep-seated passion for music, and great technical prowess have brought Rosario to the fore of the European and international jazz scene. Critics write of him as a true revelation and in France, he is described as “une benediction”.
Giuliano’s playing characteristics derive directly from the special sound he creates. With nonchalance, he draws from his instruments a fluid phrasing style, at times dazzling, which links him to great saxophonists such as Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Art Pepper, and John Coltrane. Frequent comparisons are made spontaneously by his listeners. But even though this musician has been inspired by great saxophonists, it is the instinctive originality that has struck us and is easily found in his instrumental approach, but also in his originally composed scores.
His “trophy cabinet” is indeed impressive. in it includes the many important awards and acknowledgments. In 1996, he won the Massimo Urbani prize and he was named “Best Soloist” in addition to his own quartet which won the “Best Group” award at the European Jazz Contest in Belgium. In the year 2000, he took first place honors, by popular vote, in the “Top Jazz” contest in the “New Talent” category. The contest is held as an annual referendum by Musica Jazz magazine.
His collaborations in the jazz field have been frequent and prestigious, having played together with the likes of Charlie HADEN, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Phil Woods, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Franco D’Andrea, Martial Solal, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Joe La Barbera, Cedar Walton, Cameron Brown, Biréli Lagrene, Philip Catherine, Sylvain Luc, Donald Harrison, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Guy Barker, Jean-Michel Pilc and Richard Galliano, to name but a few.
After having made many recordings with various Italian and foreign record labels, in September of 2000, Rosario Giuliani signed an important contract with the prestigious French recording company, Dreyfus Jazz, with whom he has already recorded five very successful albums: Luggage (April 2001 ), Mr. Dodo (October 2002), More Than Ever (October 2004), Anything else (January 2007), and the new one Lennie’s pennies (March 2010).
Giuliani, a highly appreciated and respected artist in the international jazz arena, divides his time between his Italian, European, and overseas commitments, performing regularly in the following festivals: Jazz in Liege (Belgium), Gexto Jazz Festival (Spain), Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Jazz in Vienne (France), Jazz Baltica (Germany), JVC Jazz Festival (France), Town Hall (New York), Basel Jazz Festival (Swiss ), Nancy Jazz Pulsation (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), London Jazz Festival (UK), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), Oeiras Jazz Festival (Portugal), Ankara Jazz Festival (Germany), Audi Jazz Festival (Germany ), Vilnius Jazz Festival and other jazz events that take place in California, New Caledonia, Israel, Mexico, Hong Kong, Hungary, and still other countries.In the spring of 2006, he participated in a highly successful tour that took him to the principal cities of China.
Rosario Giuliani’s artistic career with innumerable and heterogeneous experiences of the highest rank. He has performed for internationally famous artists such as Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Armando Trovaiolo, Gianni Ferrio, Nicola Piovani, and Ritz Ortolani. He has also recorded for numerous movie soundtracks.