Claudio Cusmano

Claudio Cusmano

He was born in Catania on 05/31/1962.

He began to take an interest in music and the study of classical guitar at the age of 13, which he abandoned after a few years, devoting himself to jazz music; he later resumed his classical studies, graduating from the Conservatory ” A. Scontrino” in Ribera.
In the early years his musical activity is varied, he plays in various groups of rock and pop extraction that also take him abroad.

At the age of 17 he became passionate about jazz music and undertook the study of the language of the leaders of American jazz such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Freddy Hubbard, Bill Evans, and Jim Hall.

He has to his credit collaborations with national and international jazz musicians, to name a few: Jon Hendricks, George Gruntz, Maria Schneider, Walter Bishop, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Steve Grossman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ute Lemper, Paul McCandless, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Basso, Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco, Roberto Gatto, Nello Toscano, Flavio Boltro, Stefano Di Battista, Sandro Satta, Pietro Tonolo, Massimo Moriconi, Pietro Leveratto, Salvatore Bonafede, Orazio Maugeri, Francesco Bearzatti, Enzo Zirilli, Marcello Pellitteri, .

In 1991 together with pianist Giovanni Arcuri they formed the Latinero Group with which he recorded his first record entitled Middlesea Jazz Mood produced by the A.V.ARTS label and recorded at Sentemo Records.
In 1994 he participated in the Musicisti Jazz Siciliani compilation with his own composition entitled “Dance In Sicily “for the Splasc(h) records label.

In 1995, the first CD under his own name entitled “Cammino Personale” with Stefano Di Battista on saxophone, Nello Toscano on double bass and Roberto Gatto on drums, in which he composed most of the tracks.
In 1998, together with double bassist Nello Toscano he made the CD “Two in flight” as a duo, in which he re-proposes, in addition to original pieces, the reinterpretation of some jazz standards and music that are part of the Italian folk tradition.

In 2006 a CD entitled “Three moments” together with Rosalba Bentivoglio and Nello Toscano.
In 2022 he made a record together with Nello Toscano and Enzo Zirilli titled “Remember To Remember” in which a repertoire of pop and rock songs from the 70s-80s (years related to the beginnings of his own musical training) with some original compositions is offered.

He also collaborated for several years as a guitarist and soloist in the Mediterranean Jazz Orchestra where he had the opportunity to work with international arrangers such as: George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Gianni Basso and Pietro Tonolo with whom he will record in 2002 the CD “First,” participating in some important Italian festivals including the Camerino Festival in 2003 and in the same year at Teatro V. Bellini in Catania together with Flavio Boltro and Francesco Cafiso.

He has also worked as a guitarist with the orchestra of the Teatro Massimo V. Bellini of Catania and the orchestra of the Teatro “Vittorio Emanuele” of Messina in the opera “West side story” and again for the Teatro Bellini a concert on film soundtracks arranged and directed by M° Nino Rapicavoli. In 2012 as a guitarist for the Teatro V. Emanuele (ME) with the singer “Ute Lemper” orchestra conducted by M° Carlo Palleschi.
In 2013 the CD “Only light blue” by Rosalba Bentivoglio together with American saxophonist Paul McCandless and pianist Alberto Alibrandi.
In 2020 as composer , guitarist and arranger on Catia Giannantonio’s CD “Timelapse” (Rara Records/Ph Music WorX).
As a non-jazz activity he also collaborated: in 1990 on tour with Rosa Balistreri. In 1999, he collaborated on the soundtracks of two TV serials ” Caribbean”, and the following year “The Young Casanova” with music by Paolo Buonvino broadcast on Mediaset networks. Again in 1999, together with violinist Giovanni Seminerio, he made the theme song for the TV program “Il trucco c’è,” aired on Rete Quattro.
In 2011 as guitarist on the CD “I had a desire for songs” by singer-songwriter Umberto Balsamo, and again in the same year he collaborated on the recording of the CD Bellandare by Aida Satta Flores.

Teaching assignments

Lecturer of jazz guitar at Conservatory of Music “E.R. Duni” in Matera.
He has also had teaching assignments in jazz guitar at ISSM “V. Bellini” of Catania, Conservatory of Music “A. Corelli” of Messina, Conservatory of Music “A. Scontrino” of Trapani