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may 2024




Born in Rome in 1970, Simone Prattico began playing drums at the age of four, lulled by his mother's Neapolitan music, the groove of Motown artists looped in his older brother's bedroom and some of the great jazz masters his father listened to (Art Blakey, Max Roach, Weather Report). He began playing jazz drums at the age of four, taking lessons with Roberto Spizzichino, the man who would become the world-renowned cymbal maker, revered in the circle of jazz drummers.

In great demand, the young drummer adapted to a multitude of rhythmic and musical languages, participating in numerous pop, rock, funk, soul, Brazilian and jazz projects. He has collaborated with many artists, including the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hindi Zahra and Jasser Haj Youssef. He has appeared on over 30 albums, including those by Daniele Silvestri, Stefano Sabatini, Andrea Beneventano, Dario Deidda, Piers Faccini, Ibrahim Maalouf, Pierre Boussaquet and Cliff Korman, and has played on major international stages (Tokyo jazz Fest., Montreal jazz Fest., Philharmonie de Paris, Billboard live, Olympia, Womad...).

In 2005, he moved to Paris and formed a trio with Ricardo Feijao (bass) and Laurent de Oliveira (piano). During this period, he performed at numerous French and Italian music festivals. In 2011, in New York, the drummer formed a new trio with double bassist Brandi Disterheft and pianist Klaus Mueller, with whom he recorded the album "Brooklyn Sessions", released in 2016. Jazz with intense rhythms and sophisticated melodies.

In 2021, Simone Prattico released Oriundo (an expatriate Italian immigrant), which reflects his Mediterranean culture and the imprint of Afro-American music, with tracks that take us from the Spanish neighborhoods of Naples to Manhattan or Brooklyn, via the White City. As a preview, we dive into the energy of Tangier, an energetic composition with complex rhythms and airy ambiences.