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Jerry Popolo


Jerry has played saxophone since 1985. He obtained his degree at the Conservatory of Music of Salerno where he studied music and saxophone performance. Since then he has performed in jazz ensembles, television bands and pop music.

He has also participated in internships with famous jazz musicians and teachers such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, and Dave Liebman. He taught techniques of instrumental jazz improvisation at the Conservatory of Music of Salerno “Giuseppe Martucci”.

Jerry has played on more than 50 CD albums, and is often invited by musicians and recording studios as a sideman. In 2004 and 2008 he released CDs Soul Eyes (Mediterranea) and Optimum (Widesound) with original compositions.

Aside from performing pop music and having played in numerous orchestras in television broadcasts for RAI and Mediaset, he has recorded and toured with several artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Buddy Miles, Enzo Avitabile, Loredana Berte, Mango, Loretta Goggi, Gigi D’Alessio, Renzo Arbore, Dionne Warwick, Stefano Palatresi, Claudio Mattone, Sergio Cammariere, Tullio De Piscopo, Antonello Venditti, James Senese, Renato Zero, Jenny B, Ana Flora, Alan Sorrenti, Amalia Gretz and Rosalia De Sosa.

Since he undertook the work of a freelance artist, he has had the chance to play in various jazz festivals, clubs, short tours and occasionally play with famous jazz musicians such as: Tony Scott, Kenny Barron, Ben Reily, Ray Drummond, Steve Grossmann, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Kim Volpe, John Thomas , Dario Deidda, Antonio Farao, Flavio Boltro, Joy Garrison, Cristal White, Peppe Merolla, Pietro Condorelli, Kevin Farrell, Alfredo Golino, Ernesto Vitolo, Umberto Fiorentino, Stefano Di Battista, Gianluca Renzi, Amedeo Ariano, Joe Amoruso, Carl Allen, Fabrizio Bosso, JulianOliver Mazzariello, Fawzi Chekili, Michel Petrucciani, Francesco Nastro, Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Don Moye, Franco Cerri, Carl Potter, Stefano Bollani, Tom Harrell, Peter Erskine, Richard Galliano, Miroslav Vitos, Randy Brecker, Nick the Nigthfly, Bob Mintzer, Joe Amoruso, Marco Panascia, New York Voices, Ritchie Cole, Joyce Yuille, Funk Off, Jeff Ballard, Roberta Gambarini, Sarah Jane Morris, Paco Seri, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others.

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