MATTEO DI LEONARDO 5TET Brussels/Rome (Belgium/Italy)

Matteo Di Leonardo, 1991, guitar
Filippo Bianchini, 1981, sax
Claudio Filippini, 1982, piano
Dario Piccioni, 1987, double bass
Armando Luongo, 1984, drums

Finalist at the Conad Jazz Contest 2017 - Special Prize (Berklee Summer School) to Dario Piccioni, double-bass

The Matteo Di Leonardo 5tet project started out on stage at Umbria Jazz. The guitarist from the Abruzzo region resident in Brussels, Matteo Di Leonardo - the band's leader and composer - recorded his début album “Sketches” in February 2017, together with Filippo Bianchini on sax, Claudio Filippini on piano, Dario Piccioni on double bass and Armando Luongo on the drums. A record featuring only original compositions - mainly inspired by modern jazz, but with shades of traditional jazz - which were highly appreciated by the Contest Jury.

Their success and their performance at Umbria Jazz led to an extremely productive period for the band: sax player Filippo Bianchini is a Resident artist at Umbria Jazz Winter 25, while the leader Matteo won the prize for best original compositions at the Zilina International Jazz Contest 2017 (Slovakia) and was awarded one of the twenty positions in the AIR Artists in Residence competition, promoted by the Italian Association of Jazz Musicians and SIAE offering young jazz musicians under 30 the chance to spend a while training abroad. At the same time, in March 2018, “Sketches” was released by the Belgian label September.
The Matteo Di Leonardo 5tet also features Dario Piccioni, born in 1987, the double bassist who was considered the most promising of the over 1,000 artists who took part in the last edition of the Contest. After securing an excellent musical training - at the Royal Music College in Brussels, the Berklee in Valencia and the Saint Louis College of Music - Dario is now playing concerts and jam sessions between Rome and Valencia, the city where he currently lives. In July last year he took part in the Spoleto Festival, performing together with an ensemble of excellent students of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, led by Rosario Giuliano, a jazz sax professor and world famous soloist.