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by Emiliano Loconsolo

Labeled by the critics as “an authentic promise in jazz singing,” he has collaborated with some of the best jazz artists in Europe.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. But Not for Me
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2. Sophisticated Lady
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3. What Is This Thing Called Love?
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4. Something to Live For
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5. Honeysuckle Rose
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6. Lush Life
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7. Love for Sale
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8. Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
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9. Scalinatella
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The National Italian newspaper “Il Tirreno”, recently hailed jazz countertenor Emiliano Loconsolo’s “Sophisticated, elegant, delicate voice, almost fragile like Chet Baker, fascinating in his melodies and in his velvet swing.” Labeled by the critics as “an authentic promise in Jazz Singing,” he has collaborated with some of the best jazz artists in Europe including Stefano “Cocco” Cantini, Stefano Bollani, Paolino Dalla Porta, and Massimo Manzi. Emiliano has performed at the famous Capolinea club in Milan, the Lucca Jazz Festival in Tuscany, Break in Jazz in Milan, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto.

A native of Milan, Emiliano Loconsolo is taking a refreshing step away from the commercial market through a diverse and fascinating repertoire that includes American Songbook classics, 16th century Italian villanella’s, baroque arias, and contemporary art songs. Mr. Loconsolo is trained in both jazz and classical voice and has cultivated a vocal technique that seamlessly blends tenor and countertenor registers and can approach work across multiple genres and periods. His hybrid sound is increasingly finding its place within new music, while he brings the expressive bel canto tradition into a jazz context.

Emiliano is one of the very few performers in the world today interpreting the poignant work of legendary folk singer Roberto Murolo, the undisputed master of the canzone popolare napoletana, son of the great 19th century poet Ernesto Murolo. In 2005 he collaborated with avant-garde jazz icon Irene Aebi on rarely heard and never before performed vocal compositions by her husband, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, and was a member of the American premiere of Futurities, a groundbreaking song cycle created by Mr. Lacy and renowned American poet Robert Creeley.

Mr. Loconsolo was a semi-finalist for the Italian National Award Premio Massimo Urbani in 2001, and recently a finalist in the 1st International Young Jazz Singers Competition in Brussels. In 2005 he was invited to perform at the Bali International Jazz Festival, and was the subject of two radio specials broadcast on Radio Palermo in Buenos Aires and Punto Radio Cascina from Pisa. His performances have been heard on WATD in United States, ABC Radio in Australia, and public radio in Russia.

Locally, Emiliano Loconsolo has performed in Boston at Scullers, the Harvard Faculty Club, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Jordan Hall, and the Berklee Performance Center. He is a co-founder of Newpoli, a Boston-based Italian folk group. In Italy, Mr. Loconsolo was the founder of Cantinajazz, a very popular program for three years in Tuscany which explored the artistic relationship between jazz and wine through narration and performance.

Mr. Loconsolo emigrated to the United States in 2002 upon receiving Berklee College of Music’s international best talent scholarship and received a BA in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in Rhode Island.


“Here is a young man who has the potential to rise to the very top of his field”
– Hank Jones, NEW YORK

“Sophisticated, elegant, delicate voice, almost fragile like Chet Baker, fascinating in the melodies and in his velvet swing...labeled by the critics as an authentic promise in jazz singing”
– Afo Sartori, Il Tirreno, ITALY

“Quite astonishing for the finesse of his interpretation”
– Zicline Magazine, BRUXELLES

“Among the most deserving vocalists on the Italian scene”
– Roberta Gambarini, NEW YORK

“When I listen to Emiliano Loconsolo I am enraptured: he is an example of how to truly sing.”
– Jose’ Luis Ajzenmesser, Radio Palermo 94.7, BUENOS AIRES

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James E. Jer-Don

Daring vocal interpretations
Loconsolo has taken on some classics of the jazz vocal repertoire and done so skillfully. His engagement with each tune is clearly genuine and the result is some truly heartfelt renditions that invite multiple listens. The influences of Ella inform some beautiful and original takes on several tracks, but Loconsolo is not limited and his own style and energy surface nicely, as in his truly wonderful take on "Something to Live For" (track 4). I highly recommend this disc to anyone interested in beautiful jazz vocals with excellent arrangements.
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