Giacomo Caruso Trio

Joris Teepe and Steve Altenberg have been playing together for two decades, performing in the most prestigious stages worldwide. Joris Teepe was many times on the road and recorded with jazz giants Benny Golson (historic member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), and Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s drummer). He also performed and recorded with Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Chris Potter, Don Braden, Gene Jackson, Randy Brecker, Carl Allen and many other important New York based musicians. Steve Altenberg, after becoming a very demanded drummer in New York and collaborating with, among others, John Abercrombie, Barry Harris, Kevin Hays and Philip Harper, moved to Amsterdam where he has performed regularly with some of the best players of the Dutch jazz scene: Michael Moore, Marc van Roon and Paul Berner. In this special occasion they are introducing a promising 23 years old piano player, Giacomo Caruso. He has already played in many important European theaters and festivals (ELBJAZZ festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Swingin’ Groningen Festival, Stadschouwburg De Harmonie, Modica Miete Culture Contaminazioni Festival) with musicians such as Kristijan Krajncan (semi-finalist of Thelonious Monk Competition 2012), multiawarded and multi-instrumentalist George Dumitriu, composer Signe Bisgaard, and many other young talents such as Anna-Lena Schnabel, Konrad Ullrich and Sergej Avanesov.

The repertoire of the trio is various: it includes original compositions by the young pianist, arrangements of American jazz songs and free improvisations. Their music, solidly resting on jazz tradition, takes flight towards extemporary excursions in many different territories: from rock to classical and gospel. Joris Teepe’s solidity melts well with the music of Steve Altenberg, who “literally marries contours of notes while playing with silences. His light pulsation and nuance do not have anything metronomic and instigate the music continuously” (Jazz Journal, England). Giacomo Caruso’s fresh ideas are coherent and unpredictable, keeping audience’s attention spans constantly engaged.

On the 31st of August 2012, the natural beauties of Cava Pietra Franco and the Baroque art of Modica, where the cave leans over, inspired the three musicians who, with the support of a very attentive and warm audience, brought to life an exciting live concert, conveniently recorded by 3 video cameras and ready to become an exceptional DVD: Jazzin’ for Avis. This charity concert was promoted by AVIS Modica who devoted years to raising awareness for the theme of blood donation through alternative ways.

Read complete bios:

Giacomo Caruso – piano
Joris Teepe – double bass
Steve Altenberg – drums

Excerpt from the dvd Jazzin’ for Avis:

Watch more videos of the trio.

Press kit / dvd presentation:

Download three promo pictures (300dpi).

Read the article (Italian language only) by Modica Miete Culture about the concert of the 31st of August 2012 at Cava Pietra Franco in Modica.

For more info about booking shows contact Giacomo Caruso through the page Contact.