Frank Polacchi Biography
I begin my musical formation when I was a teenager playing guitar and bass in a rock band having gigs in many pubs, school party and little festivals in Italy, in 1988 music became my job, as singer and bass player in a disco music band. With that band I’ve worked in many dance club in Italy and Europe. In the same years I’ve studied piano, composition and opera singing, reaching the degree as opera singer at Torino conservatory “G. Verdi”
From 1991 as singer and piano player I worked in many club, hotels in Italy ,Europe and Africa.
In 1999 I’ve been in Torino playing in clubs and having concert as singer with choir of Italian television (rai ) and opera recitals and opera on stage as baritone. From 2002 I also have many gigs with big band and combos.
The Frank Polacchi quartet start as trio in 2007, with Frank Polacchi : vocals and piano, Claudio Nicola: ac bass, Raffaele Fontana: drum. The 3 musicians came from different musical experience, a lot of jazz but also blues, funk, rock and classical. The repertoire along these years was made of jazz standards and some pop, rock song arranged in jazz style, and the trio had many gigs in jazz club, theatre, vernissage and festivals in Italy,.
The last two years the live shows are diminished but with the add of trumpet player Paolo Testa we have record a cd with nine song composed by Frank Polacchi and two famous song, the beatles’ fool on the hill and soundgarden’s black hole sun. The song are a mix of jazz,funk and soul nowadays called smooth jazz, the album “whisper” is licensed by Electromantic music and TJRS, independent label with a glorious history and available on itune and with marracash for world distribution.
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Interview with Frank Polacchi
Earlier this week, Festival Archive was able to touch base with one of our all-time favorite jazz singers/pianists, Frank Polacchi. Here’s what he had to say…
If somebody has never heard your music before, how would you describe it to them in one sentence?
A mix of jazz, funk and soul music with a taste of mediterrean style, the press call it smooth jazz. Usually I don’t care to give a name to my music but sometimes is better, or simple
Who were your main musical inspirations growing up?
A lot….Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Frank Sinatra and more….in my way of singing Ive got influence surely from Sinatra, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, Nat King Cole but also the great ladies as Ella, Sassy, Tania Maria
What made you decide to become a musician and are any of your close family musically talented?
When I was a kid and listen my father’s records of Frank Sinatra and Opera arias, my Father was a tenor and listen to him for me was really magic…..
On a weekly basis, about how much time do you spend practising?
3 / 4 hours depend how many times my job gives me as a “presents”
Do you attend sessions, if so, what do you think makes a good session?
A good practice and a relaxed state of mind. Music is a language and for is so natural speak with my singing and playing
Do you have a fixed preparation regime before going out on stage? How do you cope with nerves?
Not specific— in both case.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
With nonchalance…I’ve learned handle the mistakes during years of stage
What has been your most memorable gig?
The show of presentation of the new album ” whisper”, the concert with Maurizio Colonna for the cd
“the secret of the soul” as Opera singer in Offenbach’s “la belle Eleine ” in Opera theatre “D. Alighieri” in Ravenna
and many more….
Which is the one place where you’ve always wanted to perform?
Montreaux jazz festival, Umbria jazz, Newport jazz festival
If we were to walk into your studio, what equipment are we likely to find?
An upright piano, pc, Yamaha motif, mixer and of course two speakers
Which famous present day musicians do you admire the most and why?
I discover recently Gregory Porter, he has a wonderful voice, Esmeralda Spalding fantastic musician and Singer, the timeless Herbie Hancock……no words to describe him……..and the list is truly long……
What’s it like being a professional musician, playing gigs, releasing CDs, etc.? Do you feel you’ve reached your goals?
Not yet…… only some of them….
How do you balance your music with other obligations? – Besides music, what else are you into?
Better then I can…..My job is music, I’m a teacher ( singing ) and musicians
What are you goals and aspirations for the future?
Have gig in some jazz festivals and music club all over the world and promote the new album better then We can.
What advise would you give any aspiring musicians wanting to make a name for themselves?
Believe in your music, don’t give up, play your music in every gig you can.
Who are your top all time favourite jazz musicians?
Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wheather report, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Bird, Dizzy, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn , Tania Maria, John Scofield, Duke Ellington ,Gil Evans…. I could go on and on……
Please tell us a little more about any singles or albums you are currently working on…
We are working on live set of the album we have released, “Whisper” , licensed by independent label Electrimantic music TJRS and distributed all over the world by Marracash, the single “I’ll give it all up to you” Is nowadays listen on web radio Djngo and in “coast to coast” compilation n. 362.
We would like to thank Frank Polacchi for taking the time to talk with us, we hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about this talented musician. Remember to check out Franco’s website for further details on upcoming gigs, album releases etc.
Thank you Frank and best of luck with your future endeavors.
The Festival Archive team
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