ROBERTO MAGRIS – jazz pianist and composer 

Musical director of JMood Records, Kansas City - USA 

International jazz pianist and composer Roberto Magris (b. 1959) from Trieste, Italy, has over 33 recordings to his credit and has toured in over 42 different countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia, performing at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world. Since 2006, Magris has mainly focused his musical interests in the USA by becoming the leading recording artist and musical director of JMood Records, the Kansas City jazz label, releasing 18 CDs under his name (Suite!, Sun Stone, World Gardens, Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery – which was chosen by Down Beat magazine as one of the best recordings of 2018 - Enigmatix, Aliens in a bebop planet and Morgan Rewind, among the others). In the USA, Magris has performed in Los Angeles (The Jazz Bakery and Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood), Kansas City (The Blue Room), Miami (WDNA Jazz Gallery, FIU Music Festival at Wertheim Performing Arts Center), Chicago (The Jazz Showcase), Milwaukee (The Jazz Estate), St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines and Ft. Lauderdale. In 2007 he was honored by the City Council of Kansas City for his contribution to jazz music and performance at the American Jazz Museum. In Europe, Magris has been performing at festivals and jazz clubs with the MUH Trio (Roberto Magris/Frantisek Uhlir/Jaromir Helesic Trio), which has its base in Prague and has recorded the albums “Prague After Dark” and “A Step Into Light”. Throughout his career, Magris has performed and recorded with a who’s who list of jazz legends and outstanding musicians, including Art Davis (bassist for John Coltrane), Herb Geller, Albert Tootie Heath, Idris Muhammad, Ira Sullivan, Sam Reed, Brian Lynch, Tony Lakatos, Mark Colby, Eric Hochberg, Chuck Bergeron, Paul Carr, Philip Catherine, Franco Ambrosetti, Bill Molenhof, Janusz Muniak, Bosko Petrovic, Kai Winding, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Sal Nistico, and with a bunch of rising stars such as Hermon Mehari, Logan Richardson, Kendall Moore, Brandon Lee, Eric Jacobson, Shareef Clayton, Jim Mair, Matt Otto, Elisa Pruett, Peter Schlamb, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Alfredo Chacon, Rodolfo Zuniga, Pablo Sanhueza a.o.. During his career, Magris has also directed the Europlane Orchestra (a central-European jazz venture sponsored by INCE-Central European Initiative), the Gruppo Jazz Marca, the acid-jazz bands Dma Urban Jazz Funk and Alfabeats Nu Jazz, and his Italian quartet, also recording 3 CDs issued by the renowned Italian jazz label Soulnote and one issued by Velut Luna, entitled “Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona plays the music of Roberto Magris/Restless Spirits”. Over the years, Magris’ interviews and CD reviews have been published in the main international jazz magazines, books and websites such as Down Beat, JazzTimes, Cadence, All About Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, Jazzwax, Rifftides, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Jazz Inside, Jazziz, Jazz Journal UK, Jazz Podium, Concerto, Jazz Hot, Jazzwise, Orkester Journalen, Jazzrytmit, Jazzflits, Jazzmozaiek, Jazz’Halo, Doctor Jazz, World Music Report, Salt Peanuts, The Walker’s, Jazz Magazine, Musica Jazz, Jazzit, Music Magazine, The Jazz Stories Project and many others. 

 “The most interesting bop/post-bop pianist on the current European scene” (Brian Morton, Jazz Journal) 

“One of the finest piano players on the planet” (Edward Blanco, All About Jazz)

 

For private consultation contact Roberto Magris at rmagrisjazz@libero.it

ROBERTO MAGRIS – DISCOGRAPHY 

  • The MUH Trio / Magris-Uhlir-Helesic Trio / A Step Into Light (JMood Cd 2020) con Frantisek Uhlir e Jaromir Helesic 
  • Roberto Magris / Suite! (JMood Cd 2019) with Mark Colby, Eric Jacobson, Eric Hochberg, Greg Artry and PJ Aubree Collins 
  • Roberto Magris Sextet / Sun Stone (JMood Cd 2019) with Ira Sullivan, Mark Colby, Shareef Clayton, Jamie Ousley and Rodolfo Zuniga 
  • Roberto Magris / World Gardens (JMood Cd 2018) with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza 
  • Roberto Magris Sextet / Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery (JMood Cd 2017) with Brian Lynch, Jonathan Gomez, Chuck Bergeron, John Yarling and Murph Aucamp 
  • The MUH Trio / Magris-Uhlir-Helesic Trio / Prague After Dark (JMood Cd 2017) with Frantisek Uhlir and Jaromir Helesic 
  • Roberto Magris / Need To Bring Out Love (JMood Cd 2016) with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Julia Haile and Monique Danielle 
  • Roberto Magris / Enigmatix (JMood Cd 2015) with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Monique Danielle 
  • An Evening With Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio / Live In Europe 2009 (JMood Cd 2014) with Herb Geller, Nikola Matosic and Enzo Carpentieri 
  • Roberto Magris Septet / Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan, Vol. 2 (JMood Cd 2014) with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Peter Schlamb, Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza 
  • Roberto Magris Trio / One Night In With Hope And More…, Vol. 2 (JMood Cd 2013) with Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Albert “Tootie” Heath 
  • Roberto Magris Quintet / Cannonball Funk’n Friends (JMood Cd 2013) with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Dominique Sanders and Alonzo “Scooter” Powell 
  • Ready For Reed / Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris (JMood Cd 2013) with Sam Reed, Kendall Moore, Steve Lambert, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza 
  • Roberto Magris Space Trek / Aliens In A Bebop Planet (JMood Cd 2012) with Matt Otto, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Eddie Charles 
  • Roberto Magris Trio / One Night In With Hope And More…, Vol. 1 (JMood Cd 2012) with Elisa Pruett and Albert “Tootie” Heath 
  • Roberto Magris Quintet / Morgan Rewind: A Tribute To Lee Morgan, Vol. 1 (JMood Cd 2011) with Brandon Lee, Logan Richardson, Elisa Pruett and Albert “Tootie” Heath 
  • Roberto Magris Quartet with Voice / Canzoni Italiane In Jazz (Pop-eye Cd 2011) with Maria Dal Rovere, Mario Cogno and Paolo Prizzon 
  • Roberto Magris Quintet / Mating Call (JMood Cd 2010) with Paul Carr, Michael O’Neill, Elisa Pruett and Idris Muhammad 
  • Roberto Magris & The Europlane Orchestra / Current Views (Soulnote Cd 2009) with Philip Catherine, Bill Molenhof, Roberto Ottaviano, Christian Muenchinger, Krystof Bacso, Marko Lackner, Ferenc Schreck, Rado Tariska, Ondrej Jurasi, Marco Castelli, Lojze Krajncan, Vitold Rek, Frantisek Uhlir, Darko Jurkovic, Julius Baros and Gabriele Centis 
  • Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona plays the music of Roberto Magris / Restless Spirits (Velut Luna Cd 2009) with big band 
  • Roberto Magris Trio / Kansas City Outbound (JMood/PCAMI Cd 2008) with Art Davis, Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson and Zack Albetta 
  • Roberto Magris Europlane a.o. / Jazz Magazine N. 55 (Cd compilation 2007) 
  • Roberto Magris Europlane feat. Herb Geller / Il Bello del Jazz (Soulnote Cd 2006) with Herb Geller, Darko Jurkovic, Rudi Engel and Gabriele Centis 
  • Alfabeats Nu Jazz / Stones (Oasis Cd 2006) with Max “MBassAdo” Marzio, Luca Boscagin, Paolo Andriolo and Paolo Prizzon 
  • Roberto Magris Europlane feat. Tony Lakatos / Check In (Soulnote Cd 2005) with Tony Lakatos, Michael Erian, Robert Balzar and Gabriele Centis 
  • Europlane Orchestra / Plays Kurt Weill (Pull Cd 2000) with Ines Reiger, Lojze Krajncan, Marco Castelli, Darko Jurkovic, Frantisek Uhlir and Gabriele Centis 
  • Europlane Orchestra / Live at Zooest (Zooest Cd 1998) with Julius Baros, Marko Lackner, Lojze Krajncan, Marco Castelli, Darko Jurkovic, Frantisek Uhlir and Gabriele Centis 
  • Dma Urban Jazz Funk (Map Cd 1998) reissued as “Up to the beat!” (Map Cd 2003) with Max “MbassAdo” Marzio, Marco Castelli, Edu Hebling and Mark Smith 
  • Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / Acid Jazz Magazine N. 77 (Cd compilation 2003) 
  • Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / New Age & New Sounds Magazine N. 126 (Cd compilation 2003) 
  • Dma Urban Jazz Funk a.o. / Vocal Groove & Jazz Dance (Srazz Cd compilation 1996) 
  • Roberto Magris Quartet a.o. / Trieste e il Jazz (Ed. Fenice – book/Cd compilation 2002) 
  • Roberto Magris Quintet a.o. / Live al Vapore (Srazz Cd compilation 1995) with Florian Brambock, Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni 
  • Roberto Magris Quartet / Maliblues (Map Cd 1994) with Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni 
  • Roberto Magris & The D.I. Project / Music of Today (Splasch Cd 1992) with Achim Goettert, Joerg Drewing, Albrecht Riermeyer, Martin Klingeberg, Marco Castelli, Rudi Engel and Davide Ragazzoni 
  • Roberto Magris Israsextet / Life in Israel (Jazzis Cd 1990) with Ofer Israeli, Larry Smith, Marco Castelli, Luigi Rossi and Davide Ragazzoni 
  • Gruppo Jazz Marca / Mitteleuropa (Gulliver Lp 1986) reissued by Arision (Cd 2006) with Franco Polisseni, Lilli Furlan and ensemble 
  • Gruppo Jazz Marca / Aria di Città (IAF Lp 1983) reissued by Arision (Cd 2009) with Franco Polisseni and Massimo Moriconi 
  • Gruppo Jazz Marca / Comunicazione Sonora (IAF Lp 1982) reissued by Arision (Cd 2005) with Franco Polisseni and Franco Testa

REVIEWS – Articles and reviews of Magris’ concerts and Cd’s have been published along the years in Down Beat, JazzTimes, Cadence, All About Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, Jazzwax, Rifftides, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Jazz Inside, Jazziz, Jazz Journal UK, Jazz Podium, Concerto, Jazz Hot, Jazzwise, Orkester Journalen, Jazzrytmit, Jazzflits, Jazzmozaiek, Jazz’Halo, Doctor Jazz, World Music Report, Salt Peanuts, The Walker’s, Jazz Magazine, Musica Jazz, Jazzit, Music Magazine, Jazzthetik, Goldmine, Allmusic, Jazzman, Jazz Notes, The Wire, Cuadernos de Jazz, Jazz Review, Blu Jazz, Jazzitalia, Acid Jazz, New Age & New Sounds, The Los Angeles Times, Herald Tribune, Capital Times, Pittsburgh Tribune, News & Observer, Herald Sun, La Nacion, Clarin, ABC, El Pais, Toronto Star, El Nacional, The Gleaner, Irish Times, Canberra Times, Jakarta Post, South China Morning Post, El Universal, Jerusalem Post, Nuernberger Zeitung, Mitteldeutsch Zeitung, Basler Zeitung, Tiroler Zeitung, Vjesnik, Novi List, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera Magazine, Libero, Il Fatto Quotidiano, La Discussione, Liberazione, Il Secolo d’Italia, Meridiani and in many other newspapers and magazines.

INTERVIEWS – Magris’ main interviews were published by Music Magazine (Italy 2019), Cadence (USA 2016), Chicago Jazz Magazine (USA 2016), Jazzit (Italy 2016),  JazzTimes (USA 2015), Jazz Journal (UK 2015), Concerto (Austria 2015), Musica (Italy 2015), “Artist of the month” at JazzdaGama.com (Canada 2015), “Musician of the day” at All About Jazz (USA 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Jazzconvention (Italy 2015), JazzWax (USA 2008), Jazz World Quest (Canada 2007), Jazzit (Italy 2006), Musica Jazz (Italy 2005), All About Jazz (USA 2004). Magris’s profile and recordings were quoted in several books about jazz music.

Magris has performed at top jazz clubs, theatres and festivals around the world, including Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, The Blue Room in Kansas City, The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, The WDNA Jazz Gallery in Miami and The FIU Music Festival at Wertheim Performing Arts Center, The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee, Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Reduta, Agharta and Jazz Dock in Prague, Muniak Jazz Club in Krakow, Jazz Club Gajo in Ljubljana, B.P.  Jazz Club in Zagreb, Unterfahrt in Munich, Royal Garden Jazz Club in Graz, Half Note in Athens, Nardis in Istanbul, Atlantis in Basel, Bennett’s Lane in Melbourne, Thelonious and Notorious in Buenos Aires, Ruta Maya in Managua, Juan Sebastian Bar in Caracas, The Saddle in Haifa, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Ocho Rios Jamaica Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Festival Krakow, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival Halifax, Mar del Plata Jazz Festival, Sofia Jazz Peak, Kaunas Jazz Festival, Galway Jazz Festival, Jazz at Hermitage Moskow, Jazzkaar Tallinn, Ecuador Jazz, Jazz en Lima, Jakarta Anniversary Festival, Hong Kong Performing Arts Center, Puppet Theatre in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Gulf Jazz Festival in Kuwait and Bahrein, in Manila, Philippines, in Uruguay, in Paraguay, in Curacao, in Libreville, Gabon, with the African traditional musicians, and at the world’s highest jazz club in Huaraz, Perù, over 3000 mt.