b. 1955 Mirano (Venice)
Marcello Tonolo, has collaborated with some of the best Italian musicians: Gianni Cazzola, Massimo Urbani, Larry Nocella, Giovanni Tommaso, Marco Tamburini, Piero Odorici, Maurizio Caldura, Enrico Rava, Pietro Tonolo, Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Giampaolo Casati, Gianni Basso, Furio Di Castri, Riccardo Del Fra, Piero Leveratto, Sandro Gibellini, Luigi Bonafede, Paolo Pellegatti, Edy Busnello, Fulvio Sisti, Flavio Boltro, Tiziana Ghiglioni and Fabrizio Bosso.
Tonolo has also worked with many American musicians including Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Pepper Adams, Steve Grossman, Sal Nistico, Eliot Zigmund, Cameron Brown, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Robert Davis, Ruud Brink, Bobby Watson, Robin Kenyatta, Ray Mantilla, Jim Snidero, Gary Smulyan, Valery Ponomarev, and Ben Riley.
Marcello has performed in Europe and the United States, been featured on radio and television programs, and headlined the most important Italian festivals.
Recording credits include dates with Bob Porcelli, Steve Lacy, Curtis Fuller, Paul Jeffrey, Eddie Henderson, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Rachel Gould, Keith Copeland, Sam Most, Billy Hart and Cameron Brown.
As a leader he has recorded six albums:
Marcello Tonolo Trio
On the Wings (1999)
Lazy Afternoon (2010)
Music On Poetry (quintet);
Thelonious Monk Big Band (director and arranger)
Night Over (2008)
Since 1988 Tonolo has been the director of the Thelonious Monk Music School in Dolo (Venice), affiliated with theDepartment of Jazz Studies at Duke University (North Carolina, USA). Tonolo won the 10th International Barga Jazz contest in 1997, under theArrangement for Jazz Orchestracategory. Presently, Tonolo teaches jazz at the Conservatorio Pollini di Padova.