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"I am always taken in by the delightfully warm and wondrous sounds deftly created by this artful composer. Concetta will enchant and charm your ears."
- Greg Hopkins, Composer, Arranger, Trumpeter, and Professor at Berklee College of Music

Cettina Donato Group: Crescendo CD Celebration Concert

Featuring: Ken Cervenka (trumpet)
Rafael Aguiar (alto sax)
Scott Free (guitar)
Cettina Donato (piano)
David Santoro (double bass)
Ron Savage (drums)

Cettina Donato is an Italian pianist, composer, and arranger. She graduated in Classical Piano, Classical Composition, Jazz Piano and in Musical Didactic at the Conservatory of Messina in Italy.

As a composer and performer Cettina, published her first CD called Pristine (Wide Sound Label, 2008). This album have had great reviews by some of the most important Italian and foreign jazz magazines as Jazzit, Musica Jazz, Jazz Magazine, JazzTimes, Keep Swinging, JazzWise, Metronome, A Proposito Di Jazz, Boston Globe, Sound Contest and many others.

In 2008, Cettina attended the Berklee College's Clinics at Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, where she met jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who has been a great inspiration for her. After having listened to Cettina's music, Herbie strongly recommended Cettina to keep playing and writing the music she composed. Within a few days, Cettina received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where she would major in Jazz Composition. Cettina graduated in December 2011 and had the pleasure to study and play with some of the most important jazz musicians as Ray Santisi, Joanne Brackeen, Marc Rossi, Hal Galper, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Harper, Bob Mintzer, Laszlo Gardony and many others.

Cettina has played as a performer, bandleader and conductor in several venues between Italy and the United States such the Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall, Lilypad, Ryles Jazz Club, Boston Common, and Somethin Jazz Club in New York City. She was awarded with the Carla Bley Award for “Best Composer” at Berklee. She has been the piano player of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and the prestigious Boston Ballet Company, one of the most important ballet companies of the world.

In January 2013, she released her new album, Crescendo, which was recorded in Boston in May 2012 with a Big Band and a String quartet. At The Regattabar, she will perform all her original compositions and arrangements from this new album.

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