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Franco Ambrosetti

fh, tr, *1941 CH, Lugano
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Born December 10, 1941 in Lugano, Switzerland. Basic musical studies in Lugano (classic piano for over 8 years). Started his musical career in 1961 when at the age of 20 he made his first public appearance. Ambrosetti has established a fine reputation for himself mainly as a free-lance trumpeter / flugelhorn player and band-leader over the past 30 years. Making his american debut 1967 as a member of his father's group (father Flavio Ambrosetti, leading alto-sax player in the 50's and 60's) performing at Monterey Jazz Festival, Franco Ambrosetti has participated in most of the major jazz festivals throughout Western and Eastern Europ such as Berlin, Montreux, Warsaw, Prague, Paris etc.. In Europe he has appeared in countless radio and TV productions and has toured several times in nearly all the European countries. He also toured in the U.S. with the "The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band" or as guest soloist; he plays regularly in clubs in N.Y.C. such as the Blue Note, Visiones, Sweet Basil, Bradley's. In 1966 Ambrosetti won the first prize at the international jaz competition held in Vienna under the direction of Mr. Friedrich Gulda. From 1963 to 1970 he played with his father's quintet (including George Gruntz and Daniel Humair). The group continues its activity today mainly as a quartet with Franco as band-leader. In this longtime cooperation with George Gruntz, he has learned to compose in a creative way as shown by successful compositions such as "PISTROPHALLORUS", "EPITAPH FOR A FRIEND", "CLOSE ENCOUNTER", "GIN AND PENTATONIC", "BLUES FOR URSULK" (now "TRANSFIGURATION") ect. He composed several music scores for movies and TV movies like for example for the movie "DIE REISE" directed by Markus Inhof (Germany, CH 1986) whose movie "Das Boot ist voll" got an Academy Award nomination. In 1972 he formed together with his father Flavio, pianist and composer George Gruntz and drummer Daniel Humair a successful all-star big band "THE BAND", now called the "The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band" with whom he performs regularly. Franco Ambrosetti today is active as a free-lance soloist wherexer needed (mainly in Europe and in the U.S.) as well as a leader of his own group continuing regularly his longtime collacoration with close friends such as George Gruntz, Daniel Humair and J.-F. Jenny-Clark. He also leads a quartet with Italian top musicians like Alfredo Golino, Antonio Faraò and Dado Moroni. As a band-leader he recorded many albums with various musicians like Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Don Sebesky, Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, Kenny Barron ect. During his career, Franco Ambrosetti appeared as a soloist in festivals, concerts, shows or recording dates with various groups like Kenny Clarke quintet, Phil Woods and the European Rhythm Machine, Dexter Gordon quartet, Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Joe Henderson group, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Michael Brecker and Mike Stern group, Alfredo Golino quintet, Rene Urtregueir quintet, Arnie Lawrence's Tresour Island group, Hal Galper quintet, George Gruntz Duo, trio and quartet, Daniel Humair quintet, Romano Mussolini quintet (career beginning), Gato Barbieri quintet and others.

  • Flugelhorn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Nora's Theme on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Danielsphere on Liquid Gardens by Franco Ambrosetti
All Blues on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Falling in Love on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Autumn Leaves on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Morning Song on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
After the Rain on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
It Happened Quitetly on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Sweet Journey on Nora by Franco Ambrosetti
Summertime on The Enja Heritage Collection: Movies by Franco Ambrosetti & John Scofield

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Title Artist Year Type
The Nearness Of YouFranco Ambrosetti2018Album
CheersFranco Ambrosetti2017Album
After The RainFranco Ambrosetti2015Album
TentetsFranco Ambrosetti2014Album
Swiss Radio Days Jazz Live Trio Concert Series Vol.39Franco Ambrosetti / Andy Scherrer / Roman Schwaller / Hans Kennel / Thomas Grünwald / Daniel Bourquin2014Album
Cycladic MoodsFranco Ambrosetti2012Album
Lugano Concert /Live a EstivalFranco Ambrosetti, Sandro Schneebeli2012Compil.
Movies TooFranco Ambrosetti2010Album
Live In Milan, Duo, Trio, QuartetEnrico Intra, Franco Ambrosetti2009Album
The WindFranco Ambrosetti2007Album
Movies TooFranco Ambrosetti2007Album
LocomotionFranco Ambrosetti, Michele Bozza Quintet2007Album
Liquid GardensFranco Ambrosetti2006Album
AphroditeAlessandro Carabelli Group Feat. Franco Ambrosetti2006Album
European LegacyFranco Ambrosetti2003Album
BluesologyDado Moroni, Niels Pedersen, Franco Ambrosetti, Tullio De Piscopo2001Album
Grazie ItaliaFranco Ambrosetti2000Album
Radio SuiteSalvatore Tranchini, Jerry Bergonzi, Franco Ambrosetti1998Album
Light BreezeFranco Ambrosetti1998Album
A Jazz Portrait Of Franco AmbrosettiFranco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini1996Album
Mock-Lo-MotionThe George Gruntz Trio1995Album
Live At The Blue NoteFranco Ambrosetti1993Album
Gin And PentatonicFranco Ambrosetti1992Compil.
Music For Symphony And Jazz BandFranco Ambrosetti1991Album
Music For Symphony And Jazz BandFranco Ambrosetti1991Album
Movies TooFranco Ambrosetti1988Album
First FlightAlfredo Golino Special Guest Franco Ambrosetti1988Album
Living TransitionGeorge Gruntz / Franco Ambrosetti / Radio Bigband Leipzig1988Album
MoviesFranco Ambrosetti1987Album
TentetsFranco Ambrosetti1985Album
WingsFranco Ambrosetti, Michael Brecker, John Clark, Kenny Kirkland, Buster Williams, Daniel Humair1984Album
ImaginationSwiss Jazz Quintet Feat. Franco Ambrosetti1982Album
Flavio E Franco AmbrosettiFlavio Ambrosetti E Franco Ambrosetti1981Compil.
Heart BopFranco Ambrosetti1981Album
Heart BopFranco Ambrosetti1981Album
BluesologyDado Moroni, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Franco Ambrosetti, Tullio De Piscopo1981Album
Franco Ambrosetti & Don SebeskyFranco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky1980Album
Close EncounterFranco Ambrosetti1979Album
The Jazz Live SituationFranco Ambrosetti1977Album
Franco Ambrosetti QuartetFranco Ambrosetti1976Album
Jazz A Confronto 11Franco Ambrosetti1974Album
The Jazz Live SituationFranco Ambrosetti1973Album
A Jazz Portrait Of Franco AmbrosettiFranco Ambrosetti Featuring Giorgio Azzolini1965Album
Euro-American FusionsFranco Ambrosetti, Eddie Daniels, Hugo Heredia, Ferdinand Povel, Leszek Zadlo, Sahib Shihab With Jazz Live TrioAlbum
Face To Face (Jazzfest Berlin '99)Chico Freeman & Franco Ambrosetti Meet The Reto Weber Percussion OrchestraAlbum
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