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   Salvatore Bonafede
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A pianist and a composer, Bonafede was born in Palermo in 1962 . Having trained at the Palermo Conservatory he began at a very young age to perform in TV programmes by Sapere: "Jazz in Italy", "Chitarra e Fagotto" and "Di Jazz in Jazz" where he played with his own band and the RAI’s orchestra in Milan.
In 1986 he won a scholarship to attend Berkley College, moving to Boston where he performed constantly with Jerry Bergonzi and joined the Brandeis University Orchestra, performing on the New England university circuit.
He then moved to New York where he performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Lew Tabackin and Dewey Redman.
In 1990 he recorded his first music as a band leader and a composer called "Actor-Actress" for the Japanese label Ken Music, leading a quartet with Joe Lovano, Cameron Brown and Adam Nussbaum. The following year he recorded with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian.
In 1991 he was acknowledged as the best new talent in the "Top Jazz" survey held by the magazine Musica Jazz.
In 1993 he continued his activity in New York clubs, among others also performing with Rufus Reid, Tom Harrell, Bill Goodwin and Joe Lovano, with whom he played in a duo at the Town Hall.
Having returned to Italy he played with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, Norma Winstone, Billy Cobham, Tom Harrell, Bobby Watson, Lee Konitz and John Scofield also undertaking a long European Tour with Joe Lovano and performing in the show "Sinfonia dei due mondi" directed by Frenchman Jerome Savary.
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