Paolo and Stephanie are a four-hands jazz piano duo dedicated to playing the songs of the Swing Era, along with some ragtime and blues. They first met in the small town of Boswil, Switzerland, in October 2008. This summit was organized every year by jazz aficionados Jörg and Doris Koran, and was dedicated to the styles of classic jazz piano. After that meeting, Paolo and Stephanie became mutual fans and realized that they had much in common, even though they grew up on two different continents. They began to run into each other at various international jazz events and decided to start playing together. Although their styles differ (Paolo focuses on the music of Erroll Garner, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, …; Stephanie focuses on Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Albert Ammons, …) and although it is not easy as jazz musicians to play in four hands on one piano without being redundant or interfering with each other's playing, it was natural to find common ground and exciting to write arrangements that suit their sound as a duo.
Since 2010, they have been performing together in Europe and the US. In October 2012, they will be performing at the Kobe Jazz Street festival in Japan.
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Stephanie Trick “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and ‘30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of this genre, writes in the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that she has “won the esteem of specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Don Lambert (which she learned by ear). She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by her precise interpretation.”
A classically trained pianist, Stephanie became interested in piano at the age of five. In high school, she developed a keen interest in classic jazz. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of Chicago.
Stephanie was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award, and has performed in many parts of the United States as well as in Europe in a variety of venues, including the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy, the Breda Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party, the Sacramento Music Festival, the Cincy Blues Fest in Cincinnati, and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California. In 2008 and again in 2010, she was invited to perform at the international Stride and Swing Summit in Boswil, Switzerland.
Stephanie currently has six CDs and a DVD available. More information may be found on her website at www.stephanietrick.com.
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Paolo Alderighi received his degree in Piano from the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan in 2000 and a degree in Economics for Arts, Culture, and Media from Bocconi University in 2005. Since 1996, he has performed in Italy, Japan, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Malta, Morocco, the UK, and the United States. He reached the second position in the “Top Jazz” referendum organized by the jazz magazine “Musica Jazz” as “Best New Talent” and first in the popular referendum “Italian Jazz Awards” as “Brand New Jazz Act.” He has also received a special prize from the Jury at the “National Prize of the Arts” organized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research in the Jazz category.
He performed or recorded with musicians well known in the jazz scene (Howard Alden, John Allred, Joe Ascione, Carlo Bagnoli, Alan Barnes, Dan Barrett, Gianni Basso, Ian Bateman, Dan Block, Lillian Boutté, Gianni Cazzola, Franco Cerri, Evan Christopher, Colin Dawson, Bruno De Filippi, Tullio De Piscopo, Isla Eckinger, Giovanni Falzone, Alfredo Ferrario, Jim Galloway, Sandro Gibellini, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dusko Goykovich, Marty Grosz, Scott Hamilton, Eiji Hanaoka, Duke Heitger, Dick Hyman, Luciano Invernizzi, Duffy Jackson, Tom Kirkpatrick, Eiji Kitamura, Jason Marsalis, Ed Metz jr., Luciano Milanese, Gabriele Mirabassi, Mauro Negri, Nicki Parrott, Lino Patruno, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Polcer, Valery Ponomarev, Randy Reinhart, George Robert, Scott Robinson, Marcello Rosa, Randy Sandke, Antti Sarpila, Karin Schmidt, Frank Tate, Paolo Tomelleri, Bob Wilber, Roy Williams, Engelbert Wrobel, …, …).
Paolo has recorded three solo piano albums and he has joined many other recording sessions, including with Incipit Records, Arbors Records, and five CDs with the Japanese label Audio Park Records. He has performed or recorded with many of the most well-known musicians in the classic jazz scene today. Since 2007, he has been teaching musical culture at Bocconi University in the Master of Science in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media, and Entertainment program.
For more information, see his website at paoloalderighi.com.