Simona Premazzi`s debut CD “Looking For An Exit” has been described as "a mix that conjugates fantasy, energy and melodic grace" (S. Pasquandrea - jazzit magazine)
Like spontaneous combustion, Simona Premazzi set the music aflame on her debut recording Looking For An Exit. She has sheer talent and also a certain presence that makes her a standout. Premazzi's playing can be forceful, delicate, humorous, or dramatic, and sometimes all within the same composition.
A promising and exciting new female pianist - composer. Bravissimo.
(Mark F. Turner)
Pianist Simona Premazzi is a force to be reckoned with (J. Hunter)
A strong, groovy and exciting sound, balanced with delicacy and elegance, sensitivity and decision.
Her compositions explore different musical worlds, moods, feelings; swinging tunes with sections in different meters and characters, delicate ballads of static harmony, hypnotic loops.
Simona Premazzi, pianist and composer, grew up in a small village in the north of Italy and began her jazz studies in the cosmopolitan city of Milano.
At a certain point she fell in love with Afro-American music and soon enrolled in the famous Jazz School Academy (under the direction of Enrico Intra and Franco Cerri).
During her student career she became part of the most interesting bands associated with the academy, including the “Mingus Fingers” septet (playing the music of Charles Mingus) and Enrico Intra`s “Jazz Big Band”, with whom she spent 4 years performing on the great Italian stages and theatres with Italian and international musicians such as Markus Stockhausen, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, James Newton, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many others.
She moved to New York in 2004 where she studied with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jean Michel Pilc, Harry Whitaker and began soon to work regularly in jazz clubs.
In February 2005 her 4et appeared on the television documentary “Sounds Of Harlem” for CBS. January and March 2007 interview and trio appearance on a special TV for Italian Television RAI “TG2 Storie”
Among the others she played and plays with: J. D. Allen, Stacy Dillard, Joe Sanders, Luca Santaniello, Marco Panascia, Jeremy Clemons, Ameen Saleem, Xavier Perez, Quincy Davis, Jason Brown, Rodney Green, Joseph Lepore, Jamire Williams, Matt Brewer, Wayne Escoffrey, Rashaan Carter, Lance Murphy, Ryan Berg, Dynah Stephens, Justin Brown, Orlando LeFleming, Lawrence Clark, Duane Eubanks, Darrell Green, Jaleel Shaw, Gregory Porter, Gaetano Partipilo, Fabio Morgera, Carol Sudhalter, Tony Arco, Lucio Terzano, Nicola Muresu, Alessandro Minetto, Marco Ricci, Giovanni Giorgi...