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 

As Leader 

  • ''Life in Israel'', with Ofer Israeli, Larry Smith a.o. (Jazzis, 1990) 
  • ''Music of Today'', with Achim Goettert, Joerg Drewing, Albrecht Riermeier, Martin Klingeberg, Rudi Engel a.o. (Splasch, 1992) 
  • ''Maliblues'' (Map, 1994) 
  • ''Check-In'', with Tony Lakatos, Michael Erian, Robert Balzar a.o. (Soul Note, 2005) 
  • ''Il bello del Jazz'', with Herb Geller (Soul Note, 2006) 
  • ''Current Views'', with Philip Catherine, Bill Molenhof, Roberto Ottaviano a.o. (Soul Note, 2009) 
  • ''Kansas City Outbound'' with Art Davis and Jimmy „Junebug“ Jackson (JMood, 2008) 
  • ''Mating Call'', with Paul Carr, Michael O'Neill, Elisa Pruett and Idris Muhammad (JMood, 2010) 
  • ''Canzoni Italiane in Jazz'', with Maria Dal Rovere a.o. (Pop-Eye, 2011) 
  • ''Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 1'', with Brandon Lee, Logan Richardson, Elisa Pruett and Albert Tootie Heath (JMood, 2012) 
  • ''One Night in With Hope and More, Vol. 1'', with Elisa Pruett and Albert Tootie Heath (JMood, 2012) 
  • ''Aliens In A Bebop Planet'', with Matt Otto, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Eddie Charles (JMood, 2012) 
  • ''Ready for Reed - Sam Reed Meets Roberto Magris'', with Sam Reed, Kendall Moore, Steve Lambert, Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza (JMood, 2013) 
  • ''Cannonball Funk'n Friends'', with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Dominique Sanders and Alonzo Scooter Powell (JMood, 2013) 
  • ''One Night In With Hope And More, Vol. 2'', with Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Albert Tootie Heath (JMood, 2013) 
  • ''Morgan Rewind: A Tribute to Lee Morgan Vol. 2'', with Hermon Mehari, Jim Mair, Peter Schlamb, Elisa Pruett, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza (JMood, 2013) 
  • ''An Evening with Herb Geller & The Roberto Magris Trio – Live in Europe 2009'', with Herb Geller a.o. (JMood, 2014) 
  • ''Enigmatix'', with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Pablo Sanhueza and Monique Danielle (JMood, 2015) 
  • ''Need To Bring Out Love'', with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever, Julia Haile and Monique Danielle (JMood, 2016) 
  • ''Live in Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery - Roberto Magris Sextet'' with Brian Lynch, Jonathan Gomez, Chuck Bergeron, John Yarling and Murph Aucamp (JMood, 2017) 
  • ''World Gardens'', with Dominique Sanders, Brian Steever and Pablo Sanhueza (JMood, 2018) 
  • ''Sun Stone'', with Ira Sullivan, Mark Colby, Shareef Clayton, Jamie Ousley, Rodolfo Zuniga (JMood, 2019) 
  • ''Suite!'', with Mark Colby, Eric Jacobson, Eric Hochberg, Greg Artry, PJ Aubree Collins (JMood, 2019)

 with the MUH Trio (Magris/Uhlir/Helesic Trio) 

  • ''Prague After Dark'', with František Uhlíř and Jaromir Helešic (JMood, 2017) 
  • ''A Step Into Light'', with František Uhlíř and Jaromir Helešic (JMood, 2020

with the Gruppo Jazz Marca 

  • ''Gruppo Jazz Marca - Comunicazione Sonora'' (IAF, 1982 - re-issued by Arision, 2005) 
  • ''Gruppo Jazz Marca - Aria di Città'' (IAF, 1983 - re-issued by Arision, 2009) 
  • ''Gruppo Jazz Marca - Mitteleuropa'' (Gulliver, 1986 - re-issued by Arision, 2006) 

with the Europlane Orchestra 

  • '' Live at Zooest'', with František Uhlíř, Darko Jurkovic, Marko Lackner, Lojze Krajncan, Julius Baros a.o. (Zooest, 1998) 
  • ''Plays Kurt Weill'', with Ines Reiger a.o. (Pull, 2000) 

with the Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona 

  • ''Restless Spirits - Big Band Ritmo-Sinfonica Città di Verona plays the music of Roberto Magris'' (Velut Luna, 2009) 

with the DMA Urban Jazz Funk 

  • ''DMA Urban Jazz Funk - Up to the Beat'' (Map, 2003) 

with the Alfabeats Nu Jazz 

  • ''Alfabeats Nu Jazz - Stones'' (Oasis, 2006)

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.