Guglielmo Pagnozzi

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Guglielmo Pagnozzi

Guglielmo Pagnozzi (Jazzdog) is a highly-skilled musician who plays clarinet and sax since he was 16 years old. He’s also a composer and a arranger who’s been active in the jazz scene since the early nineties.

He has played with many artists in Italy an other countries of Europe, the United States and Africa, among them: Lester Bowie, Famoudu Don Moye, Steve Lacy, Ernst Reijseger, Bob Moses, Furio di Castri, Paolo Fresu, Antonello Salis, Enrico Rava, Daniele Sepe, Roberto Paci Dalo’, Sangue Misto, Gianni, Gebbia, Roberto Freak Antoni, Billy Konate, Gianluca Petrella, Saba Angliana and Roy Paci.

He entered the Italian jazz scene playing with the masters Enrico Rava, Furio di Castri and Paolo Fresu. In the mid-nineties together with other young musicians, including Fabrizio Puglisi and Cristina Zavalloni, he founded the Bassesfere Association in Bologna, for the dissemination of creative and avant-garde music. Also in the 90s he explores, in addition to jazz, klezmer music with the band Dire Gelt, Arabic Andalusian and Maghreb music with Moroccan violinist Jamal Ouassini, hip hop with Mixed Blood, Neapolitan music with Guido Sodo and Cantodiscanto and African music with Gabin Dabirè.

From 2000 to 2005 he was a member and co-arranger of the band of the songwriter Giorgio Conte. In 2007 he formed the Jazz Gang, a band dedicated to pre-bop jazz, and the band Voodoo Sound Club where he explored a mix between jazz, afrobeat, afrofunk, desert blues, rock and psychedelic music. In 2008 he joined the nu-jazz group Mop Mop and, in the same year, his interest in African music was accomplished in a new collaboration with the percussionist Lorenzo Gasperoni and his Mamud Band, in a project entirely dedicated to the music of Fela Kuti. In 2009, together with the Senegalese drummer Moulaye Niang, he founded Bandanera, a Venetian afrobeat band.

He is currently active as a freelance jazz soloist and playing with several bands, as the Senegalese drummer Moulaye Niang and the funky Voodoo Sound Club, considered by many to be one of the best emerging bands in Italy. He has also recently played with the jazzcore project Corleone with Roy Paci, the jazz/butoh duo Strange Fruit with the dancer Yuri Dini, the Orchestra Neoliscio La Gradisca and in various public, educational and militant activities.