GeGè Telesforo (Italy)
Singer, musician, producer, Radio & Tv Broadcaster, UNICEF GoodWill Ambassador for SoundzForChildren
GeGè Telesforo represents a multifaceted professional figure, the best example of the current jazz tradition in Italy.
GeGè’s artistic endeavors began 35 years ago as drummer and jazz singer, when his incredible talent was discovered by the Italian media celebrity Renzo Arbore. Over the years, he has developed his own personal style of “scat” singing, renewing a particular form of vocal improvisation almost forgotten abroad and which has never existed in Italy.
Since the mid 80′s, GeGè has brought together the best musicians from the Italian Jazz and R&B scene (Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Antonio Faraò, Stefano Di Battista, Enzo Pietropaoli, Rita Marcotulli, Dario and Alfonso Deidda, Max Ionata, Giorgia Todrani, Marco Rinalduzzi, Marco Tamburini, Amedeo Ariano, Rossana Casale, Agostino Marangolo, Francesco Puglisi, Fabio Zeppetella, Marcello Surace, Alex Gwiss, Marco Siniscalco, Max Bottini, Rocco Zifarelli, Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Mia Cooper,….), performing with them a renewal of old jazz standards and his original compositions using breathtaking arrangements and moving harmonies.
In the ‘90s , thanks to his association with Ben Sidran, pianist, singer, writer and producer, GeGè recorded for Go Jazz Records in important studios (Skyline-NYNY; Paisley Park-Minneapolis;….) with the most recognized international musicians, and his undisputed talent has been exported around the world whilst playing with The Go Jazz All Stars, and performing with such Jazz/Funk “Masters” as Jon Hendricks, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Tony Scott, DeeDee Bridgewater, Phil Woods, Bob Malach, Georgie Fame, Clyde Stubblefield, Mike Mainieri, Bob Rockwell, Richard Davis, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Frank McComb,….
Back in Italy, with leading bands such as PureFunkLive, Groovinators, So Cool 5tet, GeGè Telesforo has focused his musical evolution on his original jazz- funk vocal style, in which jazz elements come together with his terrific scat improvisations to form a rigorous and unmistakable rhythm dominated by groove.
He has produced several albums for his indipendent label -Groove Master Edition- and recorded 11 albums as an Artist and Composer.
Gege Telesforo is currently experiencing a particularly happy period in his career.
Winning the Jazzit Award 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 as Best Male Vocalist, crowns an important moment marked by the release of successful CDs such as "SO COOL" (GrooveMasterEdition/EGEA 2010) "NU JOY" (COLUMBIA RECORDS /SONY MUSIC 2012), “FUN SLOW RIDE” (SAM Records/Ropeadope 2016), and an incredible number of prestigious concerts, including his appearance at The Shanghai World Expo Exhibition for "The Best of Italian Jazz in Shangai" with his quintet, representing Italian art and culture on the world billboard with Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Paolo Fresu, Roberto Gatto, ....
As a teacher of singing and vocal improvisation, GeGè brings his "Vocal Jazz Concept" to prestigious music schools, Conservatories, and Jazz Festivals in Italy and abroad.
Since September 2012, GeGè has been teaching Vocal Jazz and Improvisation at the Venice Voice Academy in Los Angeles (California-USA).
GeGè was appointed Good Will Ambassador of UNICEF Italy May 23 2015 for his artistic commitment to all the "Children in Danger", one of the most significant UNICEF campaigns. He’s the inventor and developer of the project SoundzForChildren, aimed at the removal of all socio-cultural obstacles that prevent a harmonious mental and physical development of children.
1990, "Gegé Telesforo" (Gala Records)
1993 "Gegé and the Boparazzi" (GO Jazz / Sony)
1996 "Gegé and the Mother Tongue" (GO Jazz)
1997 "P.F.L." 100% Pure Funk OFF-Live (The Manifesto-Go Jazz)
2002, "We could’nt be happier" (GO Jazz)
2003, "Opopomoz Blues" (Warner) original soundtrack of the cartoon “Opopomoz”
2005 "Groovin 'in the Swing of Things-The Best of GT" (Groove-Master Edition EDEL)
2007 "Love and Other Contradictions" (Groove Master Edition-EGEA)
2010 "So Cool" (Groove Master Edition-EGEA)
2012 “Nu Joy” (Columbia Records-Groove Master Edition/SONY MUSIC)
2016 “FUN SLOW RIDE” (Sam Records-EGEA/Ropeadope)