Franco Ambrosetti

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Born December 10, 1941 in Lugano, Switzerland. Basic musical studies in Lugano (classic piano for over 8 years). Started his musical career in 1961 when at the age of 20 he made his first public appearance. Ambrosetti has established a fine reputation for himself mainly as a free-lance trumpeter / flugelhorn player and band-leader over the past 30 years.
Making his american debut 1967 as a member of his father's group (father Flavio Ambrosetti, leading alto-sax player in the 50's and 60's) performing at Monterey Jazz Festival, Franco Ambrosetti has participated in most of the major jazz festivals throughout Western and Eastern Europ such as Berlin, Montreux, Warsaw, Prague, Paris etc..
In Europe he has appeared in countless radio and TV productions and has toured several times in nearly all the European countries. He also toured in the U.S. with the "The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band" or as guest soloist; he plays regularly in clubs in N.Y.C. such as the Blue Note, Visiones, Sweet Basil, Bradley's.
In 1966 Ambrosetti won the first prize at the international jaz competition held in Vienna under the direction of Mr. Friedrich Gulda.
From 1963 to 1970 he played with his father's quintet (including George Gruntz and Daniel Humair). The group continues its activity today mainly as a quartet with Franco as band-leader. In this longtime cooperation with George Gruntz, he has learned to compose in a creative way as shown by successful compositions such as "PISTROPHALLORUS", "EPITAPH FOR A FRIEND", "CLOSE ENCOUNTER", "GIN AND PENTATONIC", "BLUES FOR URSULK" (now "TRANSFIGURATION") ect.
He composed several music scores for movies and TV movies like for example for the movie "DIE REISE" directed by Markus Inhof (Germany, CH 1986) whose movie "Das Boot ist voll" got an Academy Award nomination.
In 1972 he formed together with his father Flavio, pianist and composer George Gruntz and drummer Daniel Humair a successful all-star big band "THE BAND", now called the "The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band" with whom he performs regularly.
Franco Ambrosetti today is active as a free-lance soloist wherexer needed (mainly in Europe and in the U.S.) as well as a leader of his own group continuing regularly his longtime collacoration with close friends such as George Gruntz, Daniel Humair and J.-F. Jenny-Clark.
He also leads a quartet with Italian top musicians like Alfredo Golino, Antonio Faraò and Dado Moroni. As a band-leader he recorded many albums with various musicians like Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Don Sebesky, Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, Kenny Barron ect.
During his career, Franco Ambrosetti appeared as a soloist in festivals, concerts, shows or recording dates with various groups like Kenny Clarke quintet, Phil Woods and the European Rhythm Machine, Dexter Gordon quartet, Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Joe Henderson group, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Michael Brecker and Mike Stern group, Alfredo Golino quintet, Rene Urtregueir quintet, Arnie Lawrence's Tresour Island group, Hal Galper quintet, George Gruntz Duo, trio and quartet, Daniel Humair quintet, Romano Mussolini quintet (career beginning), Gato Barbieri quintet and others.
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FO 343 Franco Ambrosetti - The Jazz Live Situation album art Franco Ambrosetti The Jazz Live Situation(LP, Album) Dire (2) FO 343 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
HLL 101-11 Franco Ambrosetti - Jazz A Confronto 11 album art Franco Ambrosetti Jazz A Confronto 11(LP, Album) Horo Records HLL 101-11 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Pld. A. 6052 Franco Ambrosetti - Franco Ambrosetti Quartet album art Franco Ambrosetti Franco Ambrosetti Quartet(LP) PDU Pld. A. 6052 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - The Jazz Live Situation album art Franco Ambrosetti The Jazz Live Situation (Album) Dire (2) Italy 1977 Sell This Version
3017 Franco Ambrosetti - Close Encounter album art Franco Ambrosetti Close Encounter(LP) Enja Records 3017 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky album art Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky - Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky (Album) Dire (2) US 1980 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Heart Bop album art Franco Ambrosetti Heart Bop (Album) Enja Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
FO 363 Franco Ambrosetti - Bluesology album art Dado Moroni, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Franco Ambrosetti, Tullio De Piscopo Dado Moroni, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Franco Ambrosetti, Tullio De Piscopo - Bluesology(LP, Album, Gat) Dire (2) FO 363 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
JPV 8201 Franco Ambrosetti - Imagination album art Swiss Jazz Quintet feat. Franco Ambrosetti Swiss Jazz Quintet feat. Franco Ambrosetti - Imagination(LP, Album) Jazz Publications JPV 8201 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Wings album art Franco Ambrosetti, Mike Brecker*, John Clark (2), Kenny Kirkland, Buster Williams, Daniel Humair Franco Ambrosetti, Mike Brecker*, John Clark (2), Kenny Kirkland, Buster Williams, Daniel Humair - Wings (Album) Enja Records Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Tentets album art Franco Ambrosetti Tentets (Album) Enja Records Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Movies album art Franco Ambrosetti Movies (Album) Enja Records Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Movies Too album art Franco Ambrosetti Movies Too (Album) Enja Records Germany 1988 Sell This Version
8 56 339 Franco Ambrosetti - Living Transition album art George Gruntz / Franco Ambrosetti / Radio Bigband Leipzig George Gruntz / Franco Ambrosetti / Radio Bigband Leipzig - Living Transition(LP) AMIGA 8 56 339 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1988 Sell This Version
FO 384 Franco Ambrosetti - First Flight album art Alfredo Golino Special Guest Franco Ambrosetti Alfredo Golino Special Guest Franco Ambrosetti - First Flight(LP, Album, Gat) Dire (2) FO 384 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
R2 79670 Franco Ambrosetti - Music For Symphony And Jazz Band album art Franco Ambrosetti Music For Symphony And Jazz Band(CD, Album) Enja Records R2 79670 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
6070 2 Franco Ambrosetti - Music For Symphony And Jazz Band album art Franco Ambrosetti Music For Symphony And Jazz Band(CD, Album) Enja Records 6070 2 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - Gin And Pentatonic album art Franco Ambrosetti Gin And Pentatonic (Comp, Album) Enja Records Germany 1992 Sell This Version
ENJ-7065 2 Franco Ambrosetti - Live At The Blue Note album art Franco Ambrosetti Live At The Blue Note(CD, Album) Enja Records ENJ-7065 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
TCB 95552 Franco Ambrosetti - Mock-Lo-Motion album art The George Gruntz Trio , Special Guest: Franco Ambrosetti The George Gruntz Trio , Special Guest: Franco Ambrosetti - Mock-Lo-Motion(CD, Album) TCB Records (2) TCB 95552 Switzerland 1995 Sell This Version
Franco Ambrosetti - A Jazz Portrait Of Franco Ambrosetti album art Franco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini Franco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini - A Jazz Portrait Of Franco Ambrosetti (Album) Right Tempo Records, Sound Hills Records Italy 1965 Sell This Version
RTCL 812 SH Franco Ambrosetti - A Jazz Portrait Of Franco Ambrosetti album art Franco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini Franco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini - A Jazz Portrait Of Franco Ambrosetti(CD) Right Tempo Records RTCL 812 SH Italy 1996 Sell This Version
ENJ-9331 2 Franco Ambrosetti - Light Breeze album art Franco Ambrosetti Light Breeze(CD, Album) Enja Records ENJ-9331 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
123280 Franco Ambrosetti - Radio Suite album art Salvatore Tranchini, Jerry Bergonzi, Franco Ambrosetti Salvatore Tranchini, Jerry Bergonzi, Franco Ambrosetti - Radio Suite(CD, Album) Red Record 123280 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
ENJ-9379 2 Franco Ambrosetti Grazie Italia(CD, Album) Enja Records ENJ-9379 2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version

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