Tony Cattano, Naca
Andrea Melani started to play Jazz professionally in 1989 with Stefano Bollani and Antonio
Licusati. The trio collaborated with many Italian musicians, including Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Marco Tamburini, Pietro Tonolo, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Di Battista, Emanuele Cisi, Kenny Wheeler.
In 1991, he went on tour in the former East Germany with the avant garde tenor saxophone player Matthias Schubert and Nicola Vernuccio on bass.
From 1993 to 1997, he was a member of Italian saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco’s band Heart Quartet, recording for Soul Note and Blue Note.
In 1996, he played with the Maurizio Giammarco’s jazz quintet (Paolo Fresu, Franco D’Andrea, Furio Dicastri) and a strings orchestra in Naples in Jazz at the Nuoro Jazz Festival.
In 1997, he played with Dave Liebman in a tribute concert for Miles Davis, with Franco D’Andrea and Marco Micheli and Coltrane’s Meditations with his group.
Moving to New York in 1997, he had the opportunity to discover a wide range of music as well as the ability to play lots of improvisational and experimental music. New York was a vital experience that created a lasting interest in experimenting with different types of music.
Back in Italy in 1999, he became a member of the Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, playing and recording with Tony Scott, Sadiq Bey, Amiri Baraka and performing at Festival au Desert in Mali (2011) with the Ensemble Tartit and Bombino. In 2006, he joined bass player Silvia Bolognesi’s band
Over the last 15 years, he has been a member of numerous groups, including Silvia Bolognesi JuJu Sound, Emanuele Parrini Quartet, Bulk (Mauro Avanzini and Gabrio Baldacci), Roundtrip Trio (Piergiorgio Pirro and Matteo Anelli), Tony Cattano Naca Quartet, Piero Frassi Trio with whom he recorded with Phil Woods and Lee Konitz, and Riccardo Zegna Trio and Sextet.
￼He has played with Steve Lacy, Horace Parlan, Michael Moore, Pierre Drevet, Massimo Urbani, Bruno Tommaso, Enrico Pieranunzi, Giovanni Tommaso, Gianni Basso, Ed Newmaster, Raul Sidik, Ikue Mori, Gegé Telesforo, J.D.Hallen,Eddie Henderson, William Parker, James Newton, Phil Markowitz, Vic Juris, Stefano Battaglia, Tino Tracanna, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Luca Flores, Rita Marcotulli, Paolino Dalla Porta, Gianluca Petrella, Ares Tavolazzi, Gilad Atzmon, Flavio Boltro, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes, Sabir Mateen, Oum, Rosario Giuliani, Franco Cerri.
Luca Flores “Loveforsale” (1991)
Summertime in Jazz I° classificato Bollani‐Licusati‐Melani (1992)
Federico Giangrandi “Cautele” (1993)
Maurizio Giammarco Heart Quartet “Inside” Soul Note (1993)
Maurizio Giammarco Heart Quartet “In our hands” Blue Note (1995)
Mirko Guerrini “Tornando a casa” (1995)
Vittorio Alinari “Vespertilio” (1995)
Vittorio Alinari “Shells” (1996)
Mauro Grossi “Bittercakewalk” (1996)
Timet “Quadri di schermo vivo” (1997)
Bobo Rondelli/Stefano Bollani “Disperati intellettuali ubriaconi” (2002)
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore avec Tony Scott “Folklore in black” (2003)
Lu Colombo & Maurizio Geri Swingtet “L’uovo di Colombo” (2004)
Massimo Altomare “Sounds of Humor” (2004)
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore avec Sadiq Bey (2006)
EA Quartet “Elettro acustic quartet” (2007)
Silvia Bolognesi Open Combo “What was I saying” (2008)
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore + Amiri Baraka (2008)
Piero Frassi “Everything We Love” (2008)
￼Grim “Cardinal” (2009)
Silvia Bolognesi Open Combo “Large” (2010)
EA Silence “Flattime” (2010)
Michela Lombardi & Phil Woods “Sing & play the Phil Woods songbook vol. I°” (2010)
Piero Frassi Trio special guest Lee Konitz “Serenity” (2010)
Konitz plays Konitz‐Piero Frassi Trio “Chapter1” (2010)
Leonardo Pieri Sestetto “Telesio Sessions” (2010)
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore “La Società delle Maschere” (2012)
Massimiliano Calderai “Frame” (2012)
Die Kupplung Lassen‐Caiani, Succi, Bolognesi, Melani (2012)
Alessio Bianchi “Songforseyou” (2013)
Piero Frassi “NightView” (2014)
Sigi Bear “Beartown” (2014)
Fabio Balzano “Per 10 minestre” (2014)
Anjù “Justgetlost” (2014)
Silvia Bolognesi JuJu Sound “Protectionsound” (2015)
Emanuele Parrini “The blessed prince” (2015)
Alfonso Depietro “Di notte in giorno” (2015)
Franco Nesti “Versus” (2015)
Dinamitri Jazz Folklore and Amiri Baraka “LiveS.AnnaaResi2013” (2016)
Michela Lombardi “SolitaryMoon” Inside the music of Johnny Mandel (Philology 2016)