Fabio Morgera

Born in Naples, Italy, he lost his left hand in an accident at age 4, nevertheless he learned to play guitar and electric bass in left-handed fashion, then switched to trumpet at 15. After having been rejected by the Conservatory of Florence for his disability he went to study at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole with Tolmino Marianini and took jazz clinics with Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler and Terence Blanchard. At age 17 he joined the CAM orchestra conducted by Bruno Tommaso and in 1981 he started playing with the italian jazz composer Giorgio Gaslini and with the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 1982 he won 2nd prize at the 1st Leverkusen Jazz Competition for Newcomers. In 1986 he also won 2nd prize at the Competition for Big Band Arranging in Barga, Italy , and was appointed to conduct an Italian All Stars Big Band (which included P.Fresu and P. Tonolo and L. Flores among others) in Kiev, USSR.

In 1985 he had relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Dick Grove School of Music and in 1987 went on to Berklee College in Boston, where he recorded his first album as a leader TAKE 1 (Red Records 1989), featuring George Garzone. The opportunity to record his debut release was given to him by impresario Alberto Alberti who saw him play a blues and rhythm changes at UmbriaJazz 1988, after Fabio had been surprisingly invited to sit in with the Cedar Walton trio (w/Billy Higgins and David Williams) + Jackie McLean.
Morgera moved to NYC in 1990 where he continued performing his music at clubs like Birdland and Visiones with bandmates David Sanchez and Leon Parker and guests like Steve Turre, Billy Hart, Mark Turner. In NYC he kept taking trumpet lessons with Vince Penzerella (NY Philarmonic ) and had only one lesson with Donald Byrd which nevertheless changed his whole outlook on music... Other mentors are Butch Morris, Eddie Henderson and Valery Ponomarev. Recently he successfully completed a classical masterclass taught by Mr. Allen Vizzuti and Mr. Jens Lindeman.

Fabio is one of the founders of GROOVE COLLECTIVE, recently Grammy nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (People People Music Music, SavoyJazz 2006) . In 1995 he also recorded and toured with RnB star MAXWELL and in 1997 he became a member of the multimedial show URBAN TAP led by the great tap dancer TAMANGO. Also played with the NUBLU ORCHESTRA conducted by BUTCH MORRIS, the MINGUS BIG BAND, the VILLAGE VANGUARD ORCHESTRA, ROY HARGROVE'S BIG BAND, VALERY PONOMAREV'S BIG BAND, ALVIN QUEEN, JD ALLEN, JASON LINDNER BIG BAND and , last but not least, the italian superstar JOVANOTTI.
He has also recorded for many DJ's and producers including Smash, Jazzy Nice, Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Eric Kupper, Mark Farina, Romain, Spinna, Dennis Ferrer, Jon Cutler.


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