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Salvatore Bonafede & Alessandro Presti Quintet

Alessandro Presti - Trumpet

Nicola Caminiti - Alto Sax

Salvatore Bonafede - Piano

Gabrio Bevilacqua – Bass

Gaetano Presti – Drums


Alessandro Presti Biography

​Alessandro Presti began his studies at the age of six, thanks to the family environment and innate musical talent.

In 2007 he graduated in trumpet from the "Arcangelo Corelli" Conservatory in Messina. Then, he pursued his studies in Jazz by participating in the summer seminars of "Siena in Jazz" with high-caliber masters, such as Marco Tamburini and Claudio Corvini.

Numerous artists have marked the background of the Messina trumpeter. From Maurice Andrè and Wynton Marsalis, for the classic, to Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard and Kenny Dorham for Jazz.

Alessandro Presti's musical journey is a succession of victories and awards to talent. In fact, he won the "Chicco Bertinardi Prize" with his Line Out group. In 2014 he followed the second place at Massimo Urbani, during which he also won the critics' prize and that of the public. At the same time, he joined the Italian quartet of Eddie Gomez, a double bass player made in the USA. Then, he became a member of the Roberto Gatto quartet and, later, of the Francesco Cafiso nonet, with whom he performed at Umbria Jazz 2017 and also recorded "We play for tips".

In 2015 he joined the tour of American saxophonist, Lew Tabackin. And in 2016 he embarked on an exciting collaboration with Stefano Di Battista, with whom he performed in CHENGDU (CHINA) for "UMBRIA JAZZ 2016 CHENGDU". In 2018 he joined the Kurt Rosenwinkel Tourneè featuring the Roberto Gatto Quartet.


Alessandro Presti's collaborations include those with Eddie Gomez, Roberto Gatto, Salvatore Bonafede, Stefano Di Battista Francesco Cafiso, Lew Tabachkin. Furthermore, he also shares the stage with Bill Mays, Nasheet Waits, Ellade Bandini, Orazio Maugeri, Dario Deidda and many others.


Salvatore Bonafede Biography

​Salvatore Bonafede, pianist and composer, was born in Palermo in 1962. He teaches Jazz Piano, Harmony and Jazz Composition at the Palermo Conservatory.

He is the author of educational texts published by Volontè & Co. He has released several albums, fifteen of which in his own name. His compositions have been included in the Real Easy Book vol.3 and in the European Real Book published by Sher Music. Bonafede particpates in the television programs ‘Sapere: il jazz in Italia, Chitarra e Fagotto’ and in ‘Di Jazz in Jazz’ where he plays with the RAI orchestra. He is also part of Joe Lovano’s Europe Quartet. He composes music for theater (Venice Biennale, Teatro Biondo) and for cinema with directors Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco (David di Donatello, nominated for the Best Music on the Silver Ribbons). He was recognized as Best New Talent in the Top Jazz referendum organized by the ‘Musica Jazz’ magazine and was awarded the title for the Best Album of the Year by the newspaper ‘il Foglio’ and by ‘Musica Jazz’ (Arrigo Polillo Award).


Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Time: At 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura | La Valletta, Malta Jazz Festival, Festivals Malta.

In collaboration with : Ambasciata d'Italia a Malta

Entrance : Free


Concerto Live | La Valletta - Freedom Square (Parliament Steps)