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Founder and president of a music promotion and production company, Coco
Productions Inc., from 1996 to 2018.
Moved to Chicago from Italy in 1995 with over twenty years of experience in
the music industry. Since coming to the US, focused primarily on jazz artists.
Spent a good portion of first five years in Chicago working with Bill Russo
and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble in local concert production as well as
organizing collaborations with international jazz festivals.
Worked with other organizations and artists in the following capacities:
organizer of performances and clinics, talent scout for independent recording
labels, consultant for college music departments, creative consultant for
special events at international jazz festivals, webmaster and social media
promoter for artist and event websites. Worked with many prestigious
organizations and Artists, including: Columbia College Chicago Music
Department, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Showcase
Chicago, Berklee College of Music Boston, Umbria Jazz, Vicenza Jazz,
Pescara Jazz, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), Jazz
Education Network (JEN), International Jazz Festival Organization (IJFO), Bill
Russo, Buddy De Franco, Chet Baker, Jon Faddis, Muhal Richard Abram,
Enrico Rava, Tullio De Piscopo, Pino Daniele, Arturo Sandoval, Art Hoyle,
Fabrizio Bosso, Danilo Rea...
Currently founder and director of the program More Than Jazz!, an
exchange program involving students and schools from around the world.
1998 - Sant'Anna Arresi
Isio Saba and Coco on tour with The Bill Russo & Chicago Jazz Ensemble