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Renato Sellani

p, 1926-2014 IT, Senigallia
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Renato Sellani (born 8 January 1926, Senigallia, Ancona, Italy - died October 31, 2014, Milan, Italy) was an Italian jazz pianist and composer. In 1958, he left Ancona to live in Milan, where he had the opportunity to join Franco Cerri, Gil Cuppini and joined the Quintetto Basso-Valdambrini. Soon he started collaborating with great artists as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and later Gerry Mulligan, Helen Merrill, Stéphane Grappelli, Buddy Collette, Herb Geller, Phil Woods and many others. His particular musical feeling let him to play with famous singers like Sarah Vaughan, Ginger Rogers, Lilian Terry, Shirley Bunnie Foy and Mina (3). He has also recorded a lot as a side man and as a soloist. He has been referred to as the "Hank Jones of Italy". The two share eternal youth and innate sweetness, both personal and musical. Another comparison is Tommy Flanagan because Sellani's taste is unerring and he has always been in high demand as an accompanist for singers. Sellani did not read music. His history is unusual (especially for an Italian jazz musician) because he started late. He was born in Senigallia, in the Marche region. He went to Rome to study political science at the University. His mother had been an opera soprano but he had never played music until he got hooked on jazz in the nightclubs of Rome. He says that he "went to listen every night" and began teaching himself piano at the home of a friend who owned an instrument. It was a few years after the end of World War II. Italy was emerging from the fascist era and even though there were not nearly so many good Italian jazz musicians as now, in one respect the scene was more vital: jazz and night life were more connected. There were many more places for musicians to play. Sellani must have been a natural, because soon he was playing in those nightclubs himself and by 1958 he was good enough to be Chet Baker's first pianist in Italy. The fact that Sellani is one of the most complete, most romantically seductive interpreters of standards in all of jazz is criminally underappreciated outside Italy. The good news is that he recorded prolifically for Paolo Piangiarelli's Italian label Philology, titles available in the United States. Sellani recorded over 40 albums for Philology, in solo and trio settings and also in small ensembles with a large cross-section of Italy's most important jazz instrumentalists and singers. Much of the Great American Songbook is memorably covered, as well as Italian popular songs and Sellani originals.

  • Piano
  • Electric piano
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Insensatez on Delicatessen by Irio De Paula
Wave on Amapola by Renato Sellani & Danilo Rea
E se domani on Volare by Tiziana Ghiglioni & Renato Sellani
Blue Bossa on Delicatessen by Irio De Paula
Corcovado on Delicatessen by Irio De Paula
Stella By Starlight on Delicatessen by Irio De Paula
Amapola on Amapola by Renato Sellani & Danilo Rea
I Fall in Love Too Easily on Jazz Piano by Renato Sellani
Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar on Delicatessen by Irio De Paula
I' te vurria vasà on Improvvisando... intorno al mondo by Renato Sellani

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Body And SoulGianni Basso & Renato Sellani2009Album
AmapolaRenato Sellani And Danilo Rea2008Album
Sweet AleSergio Fanni / Renato Sellani / Massimo Moriconi2007Album
Sweet AleSergio Fanni, Renato Sellani, Massimo Moriconi2007Album
Milestones Un Incontro In JazzGino Paoli, Enrico Rava, Flavio Boltro, Danilo Rea, Rosario Bonaccorso, Roberto Gatto, Renato Sellani2007Album
Il Concerto PerfettoFabrizio Bosso - Renato Sellani2007Album
Posia Do BrasilRenato Sellani, Rosa Emilia Dias2006Album
Just SmileMatteo Brancaleoni With Renato Sellani2006Album
Canzoni Stonate: Donaggio, Endrigo, Luttazzi & DintorniRenato Sellani2005Album
Plays MonkRenato Sellani2005Album
Galleria Del CorsoGianni Coscia, Renato Sellani2004Album
Thank You, George GershwinRenato Sellani, Fabrizio Bosso2003Album
L'Avventura Dell'Incontro 1Franco D'Andrea Incontra Renato Sellani2003Album
Magicians At Work 2Franco D'Andrea Incontra Renato Sellani2003Album
Two For The CitiesGianni Basso, Renato Sellani2003Album
Le Cose InutiliEnrico Rava, Renato Sellani2002Album
There's No Greater LoveRenato Sellani Meets Gianluca Petrella2002Album
Isn't Romantic?Gianni Basso, Renato Sellani2001Album
Á La France 2Gianni Basso & Renato Sellani2001Album
Il PoetaRenato Sellani, Max De Aloe, Massimo Moriconi, Stefano Bagnoli2001Album
Blue EyesRenato Sellani, Felice Reggio1998Album
Speakin' LowlyRenato Sellani, Lee Konitz1994Album
Piazza Sant'EufemiaRenato Sellani1993Album
intimate jazz for friendsPaolo Fresu, Renato Sellani, Massimo Moriconi1991Album
Chopin - Piano SoloRenato Sellani1990Album
Back To JazzBruno Lauzi Featuring Franco Cerri - Paolo Conte - Dado Moroni - Sante Palumbo - Renato Sellani1989Album
Doppio PassoRenato Sellani, Massimo Moriconi1988Album
Funky BilliardsRenato Sellani1978Single
Renato Sellani & Gianni BassoRenato Sellani & Gianni Basso1977Album
Col D'Orcia Jazz: Concert For BrunelloGianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Tony Scott, Renato Sellani, Julius Farmer, Giancarlo Pillot, Lilian Terry1977Album
TiziaRenato Sellani1976Album
Jazz A Confronto 9Renato Sellani1974Album
PianoforteRenato Sellani1968Album
Bossa NovaQuintetto Basso-Valdambrini, Renato Sellani, Dino Piana, Franco Cerri, Giovanni Basso, Oscar Valdambrini1963Album
Radio DaysEnrico Rava, Renato SellaniAlbum
All The Way (The Soft Way)Lee Konitz, Renato SellaniAlbum
DelicatessenIrio De Paula / Renato SellaniAlbum
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