ARTISTS | Danny Manzo

Danny Manzo was born in 1965 in Pescara, Italy. His mother (Paola Puca) was a singer, and his father (Vittorio, a professional drummer) taught him drums when he was only 4. At about 12 he learned the importance of rudiments and music reading from drum teacher Massimo di Rocco, and the following year he started performing across Italy with local orchestras. In 1986, at 21, he got a gig playing his first important tour with Mimmo Cavallo.
In 1987 Danny joined the band Metrò, working with Michele Zarrillo for the next 4 years in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Canada, as well as on TV shows such as Domenica In, Roxy Bar, Saint Vincent, and Sanremo. At the same time he was studying with Giulio Capiozzo (drummer of the band Area), and in 1992, recorded the CD of Men at Work and two videos for MTV, and played the SanRemo International festival. 
In the following years he toured with Lena Biolcati and Drupi, while juggling an intense teaching schedule at several schools: NAMM CPM Network of Alba Adriatica (TE), Accademia L. Cupido (PE), ARS Musica (CH), Accademia Icarus (AQ) and Accademia Musicale Teatina Di Leonardo (CH). He still teaches at these schools.  
In 1986, Danny played with the Paolo Damiani’s IPIS Orchestra, and in 1996 recorded a CD with the I.S. Ensemble Orchestra (nominated for Best Jazz CD of the Year), with Diana Torto, Roberto Ottaviano, Gianluigi Trovesi, Emanuele Friello, David Boato and Maurizio Rolli. The group performed at many jazz festivals, including Festival Europeo of Noci (BA), "Lingotto" of Torino, Siena Jazz, and Volterra Jazz.  
From 1994 to 1997, Danny was a member of Archivi sonori, the famous jazz band from Pescara led by Maurizio Rolli. Also with Rolli, he recorded some tracks on the Mood Swing CD (Jaco Pastorius tribute) with the AMP Big Band, alongstide guest musicians Mike Stern, Michael Marning and orchestra director Alfredo Impullitti. In 1999, with the Compagnia della Rancia, he performed in the musical (and on the CD) Le Notti di Cabiria (with Chiara Noschese and Gennaro Cannavacciuolo). 
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, he performed at the Italian Day in Wexeford, Ireland for the Italian Ambassy and Alitalia. Since 2006, he’s been touring and recording with Giò Di Tonno (2008 Festival di SanRemo winner together with Lola Ponce), including the benefit CD for AIL called “Buon NatAIL”, the 2007 single and video for “L'amore è un elefante,” and the Santa Fé CD.  
Danny Manzo has also performed with: Dean Brown, Mike Stern, Massimo Moriconi, Irene Fornaciari, Mariella Nava, Bob Franceschini, Geoff Warren, Diana Torto, Angelo Canelli, Pierpaolo Principato, Pierpaolo Pecoriello, Vincenzo Olivieri, Gli Studio, Double Brothers, In-Side quartet, Giancarlo Alfani quartet, Claudia D'Ottavi, and Red.

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Saturday, May 12 at Centro Musica, Orta Nova (FG) - Italy