Hailing from Puerto Rico, accomplished pianist and composer Jose Negroni has garnered recognition in the world of Jazz. A disciple of the legendary multi-instrumentalist salsa and Latin Jazz great, Papo Lucca, Negroni's career spans over 16 years as a teacher in his island's Music Conservatory. His talent then took him to the States where he worked as Director for Sony Music Publishing for ten years.
Negroni's true passion never left him throughout and in 2002 he created Negroni's Trio, a truly amazing combination where jazz, classic lyricism and Afro Latin punches merge. Negroni's Trio consists of his son Nomar Negroni, a gifted and powerful drummer, and alternating guest bass players including John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Michael Bordelon and Jonathan Estes, amongst others.
A product of the famed Berklee College of Music, Nomar's career also includes session work for various great jazz and pop artists and recently was nominated as 2008 Best Drummer of the Year by The Latin Jazz Corner,
Throughout his journey, Negroni performed with the likes of Apollo Sound and was the featured pianist with La Sonora Ponceña when his mentor, the famed Papo Lucca, was unavailable to perform. Simultaneously, Negroni established a successful career as one of the most solicited director, producer and pop music arrangers all while on tour as pianist and director with numerous multinational artists.
Their debut album, “Naturaleza/Nature” (2003 Universal Music Latino), combines progressive jazz elements, pop and Latin music, while at the same time pays homage to the spirit of his native island. Since its release, “Naturaleza/Nature” achieved accolades on jazz and new age radio stations throughout the US.
The follow up album, “Piano/Drums/Bass” (2005 Universal Music Latino), was nominated in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for the Latin GRAMMY (2005); achieved airplay in over 370 worldwide radio stations and reached Top 15 on the charts (Jazz Week Charts, USA). This production combines classic and Afro Caribbean elements, bass lines with great rhythmic sense, piano vamps and brilliant percussion solos. Negroni's Trio received international acclaim upon the release of this CD in Japan, Spain, Argentina, England, Greece, Uruguay, Indonesia and Mexico.
Their third album release “Negroni's Trio LIVE” (2005 NTC) was recorded in a very intimate theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Produced by the quality of musicianship and rapport of Negroni and Negroni's Trio, resulted in an effervescent set, offering tunes breaking new ground in jazz. A true melodic pleasure that became a good choice for both the occasional listener looking for the “best of” the band, and also for the hard-core fan who will savour the fine details and musical variants of Negroni's Trio.
The Trio's fourth release “Father & Son” (2008 Cacao Music) is “not only fresh and intimate, it showcases Negroni's unique approach to the Latin-jazz medium, showing us that it is indeed possible to say something new”. -Rebeca Mauleón (Jazz Times Magazine). The album is an uncompromising yet totally accessible look at one of the finest working Jazz groups today.
Negroni's Trio consists of his son Nomar Negroni, a gifted and powerful drummer, and rotating guest bass players including John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Josh Allen, Michael Bordelon and Jonathan Estes, among others. "On the Way", is their sixth CD; their fifth, "Just Three" was a Grammy nominee for Best Latin Jazz CD.
In between recording sessions and teaching as part of Miami Dade College's Latin Jazz Institute, Negroni's Trio's vast schedule of international festivals and local presentations include Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Vivamerica Festival (Spain), Heineken Jazz Festival (Puerto Rico) and many more.