Piersimone was born in Rome. He began his musical journey under the guidance of M°Gianni Oddi (First alto sax in Rai Orchestra, has performed with Gil Evans, John Lewis, Ennio Morricone, Dizzie Gillespie, and many others), focusing on classical studies for saxophone and choosing from the beginning the baritone saxophone as his main instrument.
After having profounded his technical studies (thanks to an intense work on French classical methods such as Ferling, Mulè, Bozza) he devoted himself to transcribing solos of the greatest jazz saxophonists (with particular attention to specialists on baritone saxophone such as Harry Carney and Serge Chaloff ). Particularly he focused his attention on Pepper Adams, who surely has been his biggest inspiration with regards to sound as well as harmony. Another great influence on his perception of jazz has been the studies of the masters of the Swing and Be-bop era, such as Sonny Stitt and Wardell Gray, from whom he surely has gotten his approach “tenoristic” applied on baritone saxophone.
With regards to this, Maurizio Giammarco writes about him in the liner notes of ACUD quartet’s cd :
”..Within the relatively narrow panorama of baritone saxophonists, Piersimone Crinelli has created himself a well recognizable identity thanks to a very personal sound, particularly powerful, precise and to a modern phrasing with tenoristic articulations”.
He attended clinics and master classes at the best jazz schools in Rome (Saint Louis School of Music, Università della Musica, SPM Testaccio); he studied functional harmony, improvisation and analysis of jazz solos with M° Claudio Pacifici; parallelly he started his concert activity playing in local jazz clubs where he had the opportunity to meet some of the most skilled musicians in Italy. The acquaintance with the celebrated sax player Steve Grossman (one of the most important contemporary jazz musicians, during his career he performed with Miles Davis, Tom Harrell and Johnny Griffin), with whom he attended clinics and workshops, has been crucial for his musical development. He attended clinics with the great pianist/teacher Barry Harris, developing the bebop language on baritone saxophone. He also attended Berklee School of Music clinics,studying with Andy McGhee, Dino Govoni, Bruce Gertz.
In 2015 he earned a Master’s degree in Improvisation graduating from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,(Hogskolan for scen och musik), under the guidance of Anders Jormin and Anders Hagberg.
His great instrumental flexibility has enabled great collaborations in diverse musical contexts:
in classical music he has performed with M°Luis Bacalov, Ialsax Quartet, M°Andrea Morricone, M°Armando Trovaioli;
in jazz music with many internationally well known artists such as Bob Mintzer,Tullio de Piscopo,Vince Benedetti, Riccardo del Frà, Rosario Giuliani, Maurizio Giammarco;
in Rhythm n’ blues with several American musicians such as Junior Watson, Mitch Woods, Lynwood Slim, Eddie Floyd, Herbie Goins, Sax Gordon;
in pop music with Dolcenera, Noemi, Neri per caso, Rosalia de Souza, Malika Ayane, Jarabe de Palo, M°Roberto Pregadio, M°Federico Capranica;
in theatre shows with Loretta Goggi, Enrico Brignano, Claudio “Greg” Gregori.
In 2005 he won a special award at PREMIO MASSIMO URBANI (the most important jazz contest in Italy), with excellent receivement from the audience.
He has played with some of the most well known Big Bands in Italy
PMJO (Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra) directed by Maurizio Giammarco
Orchestra Trombe Rosse directed by Massimo Nunzi
Orchestra Nazionale di Jazz directed by Gerardo di Lella
Orchestra Jazz Villa Celimontana directed by Mario Corvini
Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio
Orchestra Italiana del Cinema
Bruno Biriaco Galaxy Big Band
Ials Jazz Big Band directed by Gianni Oddi
Mario Raja Big Band
Roberto Pregadio Orchestra
Franco Micalizzi Big Bubbling Band
Testaccio Jazz Orchestra
He has performed at well established festivals in Italy and around the world,such as:
Festival del Sassofono at S.Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Ialsax featuring M° Luis Bacalov
Festival del Sassofono at S.Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Italian Supersax featuring Rosario Giuliani
Sax Fest at S.Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Ialsax featuring Pietro Iodice
Auditorium di Roma with PMJO featuring Riccardo del Fra
Dortmund Konserthaus, Germany with”Nils Landgren and Ida Sand with Bohuslän Big Band” in “My swedish heart”
Ystad International Jazz festival ( Sweden ) with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Bengt Arne Wallin
Jazz Baltica ( Germany),2015, with Jazz Parade and Bohuslän Big Band featuring Nils Landgren and Georg Riedel
Skansen, Blue monday in Stockholm ( Sweden) with Bengt Arne Wallin
HIFA International Festival of Arts in Harare (ZIMBABWE)
Musica Festival 2015 in Harare (ZIMBABWE)
Harare Jazz Festival in Harare (ZIMBABWE)
Italjazz in Johannesburg (SOUTH AFRICA)
Tour In Germany with Lorenzo Peetrocca Organ trio ( Freiburg, Fredrichshaven, Heidelberg)
6° and 7° edition of Jazz Festival Italy/Mozambique in Maputo (MOZAMBIQUE) for Italian Embassy
XLI edition of MIDEM WORLD MUSIC MARKET in Cannes (FRANCE)
Szeczin Jazz Festival (POLAND)
Tour in Finland with INorganic 5 ( Helsinki, Riihimäki, Lappeenranta, Järvenpää, Espoo )
Quisisana Jazz Festival with Bob Mintzer
Sorrento Jazz with Tullio De Piscopo
Bix Jazz club, Stuttgart, Germany with Lorenzo Petrocca organ trio
Torre Alfina Blues Festival
Capri-Hollywood Film Festival
Casa del Jazz in Rome
Rock’n River Blues Festival in Cordoba (SPAIN)
In 2007 he participated in a 1 year tour together with the celebrated Italian singer Loretta Goggi in the musical show “..Se stasera sono qui…” directed by M°Federico Capranica and performed at well established theatres around Italy.
In 2008 he made a performance in Teatro Sistina in Rome together with the Italian actor Enrico Brignano in “le parole che non vi ho detto” (the most sold out show in Italy in 2008) with music written by M°Armando Trovaioli.
In 2009 he toured for 1 year in Italy with the same show together with Enrico Brignano (“le parole che non vi ho detto”) performing at some of the most important theatres in Italy (Gran Teatro in Rome, Teatro Verdi in Florence, Teatro Nuovo in Milan).
In 2010 he made a performance at Teatro Olimpico in Rome together with the Italian actor Claudio “Greg” Gregori in the show “La Dolce Diva” with Ials Jazz Big Band.
In 2014/15 he participated to a theatre show in Sweden “Kryp” with Bohuslän Big band mainly at Borås teater and in other theatres in Sweden
Porta a Porta with Bruno Biriaco Galaxy Big Band featuring Joy Garrison
Concerto di Natale recorded live by RAIUNO at Teatro Bellini di Catania with Gerardo di Lella Big Band featuring Dolcenera, Malika Ayane, Eddie Floyd, Jarabe de Palo, Rosalia De Souza
Enrico Brignano con la O…Punto e basta! with Orchestra conducted by Federico Capranica
Premi del Cinema David di Donatello with Gerardo di Lella Big Band
Uno Mattina (RAIUNO) with Bruno Biriaco Galaxy Big Band
Trane Project live at Teatro Arciliuto for Jazz Channel Tv
Pino Sallusti Group live at Jazz Channel Studios for Jazz Channel Tv.
Russian television, appearence in the reality show “Zhannapohzeni” as a saxophone teacher
Interviewed by the German television NDR during the jazz festival Jazz Baltica in Niendorf, Germany, representing the Bohuslän Big Band
Interviewed by the Zimbabwean television in the program “Good Morning Zimbabwe” during the festival “Musica! 2015″ in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Interviewed by Jazz Channel television, Italy, talking about the recording of the Cd “ACUD” by Acud quartet and performing in a concert broadcasted by the television.
“Uno Mattina” ( RAI UNO, Italy) invited as a guest and interviewed about the baritone saxphone and its use in jazz big bands.
Interviewed by Radio Plus Jazz, Göteborg, Sweden. In this program he talked about his musical career and he had the chance to play some tracks from his recordings.
Interviewed by Jazz Channel, Italy. In this program he talked about the record he made with Acud Quartet and he performed live together with the band.
In 2009 He gave a jazz master class in Nanjing (CHINA) at C.U.C.N University where he also made a solo sax performance recorded by Chinese local Television.
In 2010 he had his first tour in Africa: in Zimbabwe (Harare, Boulawayo,Victoria Falls) and in Zambia (Ndola, Lusaka) performing at some of the most celebrated festivals in the country: Harare Jazz Festival, HIFA International Festival of Arts.
During the same year he made a second tour in Africa with the Gerry Mulligan Project (a special project based on the repertoire of the great American Baritone sax master), playing in Mozambique (Maputo at Teatro Mendes), where he also gave a master class in jazz for the University of Music and Art in Maputo; in Zimbabwe (Harare Jazz Festival)) and in South Africa (Johannesburg) at Italjazz 2010 for the Italian Embassy of South Africa.
CONCERTS IN SWEDEN
“Swedish Folklore, now!” with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Bengt Arne Wallin and Ian Lundgren trio at Ystad International Jazz festival ( Sweden )
“Swedish Folklore, now!” with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Bengt Arne Wallin and Ian Lundgren trio at Skansen, Blue monday in Stockholm ( Sweden)
“Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren and BBB”. with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Nils Landgren and Magnus Lindgren (Strömsholm Jazzens Museum )
“Memories of Bengt Hallberg” with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Jan Lundgren, Georg Riedel, Jan Allan, Erik Nrström, tour in Sweden ( Malmoe, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsingborg )
” A swinging session ” tour with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Nils Landgren and Viktoria Tolstoy.
“Nils Landgren and Ida Sand with Bohuslän Big Band” in “My swedish heart”, tour in Sweden and in Germany.
“Tribute to George Gershwin” with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Lew Soloff ( Stockholm, Stadsteatern )
“Bohuslän Big Band” with Eric Gullbransson in “SINATRA 100 YEARS!”, Tour in Sweden
“Bohuslän Big Band featuring Nils Landgren and Magnus Lindgren”, live at Skansen, Stockholm.
“Bohuslän Big Band featuring Nils Landgren and Ida Sand”, live at Kulturkalaset, Göteborg.
“ Bohuslän Big Band” with Eric Gadd ( Gothenburg, Gothia Towers).
“Goteborg Wind Orchestra” in a Tribute to Queen, Gothenburg.
“ Bohuslän Big Band featuring Eric Gadd”, tour in Sweden.
“ Bohuslän Big Band with Lars Jansson” in Vänersborgs Teater and Nefertiti jazz club in Gothenburg.
“Pegasus” Bohuslän Big Band featuring Ale Möller, tour in Sweden ( Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Varberg )
“50th Anniversary of Göteborgs Kammarkör” with Anders Jormin, Stefan Forssen,Gunnar Lindgren and Gunnar Eriksson at University of Gothenburg as guest on baritone saxophone playing the music of Lars Gullin.
“Kryp” Bohuslän Big Band ( Koreograf Camilla Ekelöf -Scenograf Tomas Sjöstedt- Musik Malin Hülphersin) tour in Sweden.
“Up&coming” concert with Bohuslän Big Band as a main soloist on baritone saxophone, Nefertiti Jazz Club in Gothenburg and Vara Konserthus.
“Bohuslän Big Band meets the young composers from Sweden”, Nefertiti jazz club, Gothenburg.
Kulturkalaset in Göteborg with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Margareta Bengtson in “Svenska guldkorn”.
Jazz Paraden 2104 with Bohuslän Big Band. Tour in Sweden.
Jazz Paraden 2013 with Bohuslän Big Band. Tour in Sweden.
Katapult project ethnic music band tour in Sweden.
“A swingin’ Christmas” with Bohuslän Big Band featuring Erik Gulbransson,tour in Sweden.
“DoReMi Safari” with Bohuslän Big Band at Varberg Teater, Laholm teater and Falkenberg.
Marching band with Bohuslän Big Band at Hönö.
With Bohuslän Big Band in in Herrljunga.
“Tribute to Lars Gullin” with Colors in Jazz Octet at Fregatten Kulturhus, Stenungsund.
Jazz from the 30’s with B-fore at Folkuniversitetet, Gothenburg.
Douglas Harper jazz quintet in Tuve Kyrka.
Lasse Lindgren Constellation Big Band at Nefertiti Jazz Club, Gothenburg.
Saxophone duo Saxify, music film quiz in several different cultural centres in Gothenburg.
Flute duo together with choir and piano performing performing sacred music in Tölö kyrka, Kungsbacka.
Jazz Vernissage at Kungsbacka Fyren.
Flute duo together with organ performed sacred music in Älvsåkers kyrka.
“Hjo 600 years celebration” with Bohuslän Big Band
“ Inorganic 5tet” tour in Finland and Sweden.
HAS PERFORMED WITH:
Bob Mintzer, Luis Bacalov, Nils Landgren, Tullio de Piscopo, Bohuslän Big Band, Bengt Arne Wallin, Magnus Lindgren, Lew Soloff, Ale Möller, Anders Jormin, Georg Riedel, Jan Lundgren, Viktoria Tolstoy, Eric Gadd, Ida Sand, Lars Jansson, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jan Allan, Erik Nordström , Svante Thuresson, Anna Sise, Stefan Forssen, Gunnar Lindgren ,Gunnar Eiksson, Margareta Bengtson, Andrea Morricone, Lasse Lindgren, Orchestra PMJO, Vince Benedetti, Andy Gravish, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Pietro Lussu, Maurizio Giammarco, Riccardo del Frà, Pietro Iodice, Pino Iodice, Lorenzo Tucci, Gegè Munari, Jeremy Pelt, Massimo Nunzi, Javier Girotto, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Sabatini, Gianluca Renzi, Junior Watson, Mitch Woods, Giorgio Rosciglione Pietro Ciancaglini, Enrico Bracco, Paolino dalla Porta, Marcello Rosa, Francesco Puglisi, Sax Gordon, Giampaolo Ascolese, Carlo Atti, Loretta Goggi, Enzo Lanzo, Franco Micalizzi, Antonello Salis, Jarabe De Palo, Bruno Biriaco, Neri per Caso, Armando Trovaioli, Dolcenera, Noemi, Eddie Floyd, Rosalia de Souza, Joy Garrison, Giovanni Imparato, Cristiano Micalizzi, Andrea Beneventano, Serena Autieri, Claudio Corvini, Mario Corvini, Lynwood Slim, Herbie Goins and many others…