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Stefano Di Battista saxophone
Fred Nardin piano
Daniele Sorrentino double bass
André Ceccarelli drums

Engin Recepoğulları saxophone
Ercüment Orkut piano
Kağan Yıldız double bass
Ferit Odman drums

A night dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Stefano Di Battista, one of the leading alto saxophonists of European jazz today, had initiated himself into music in a neighbourhood orchestra. At the age of thirteen, he started playing the saxophone, which would become his lifelong companion. He turned to jazz, influenced by the music of Art Pepper and Cannonball Adderley. At the turning point of his career, he had the chance to meet and work with conductor and trumpeter Ennio Morricone, for who he has dedicated his twelve-track album Morricone Stories, released this spring. For the 28th Istanbul Jazz Festival, Battista and his band pay tribute to Morricone, who we lost in July 2020, with a repertoire consisting of the composer’s famous soundtracks. The quintet led by Ferid Odman, one of the prominent figures of the Turkish jazz scene, is entrusted with the event opening. The ensemble will be delving into the depths of the world of hard bop with beloved songs from the albums Dameronia With Strings, Autumn in New York and Nommo, which have received high praise from critics and respected music magazines such as Downbeat.