Santi Debriano

Santi Debriano has proven to be one of the most versatile and creative musicians to emerge from the New York jazz scene. His virtuosic abilities on acoustic bass and guitar, combined with his vast range of experience has brought him to a position of pre-eminence as one of the most inventive and innovative of performers. His unique abilities as an improviser, arranger and composer have made him a favorite of such greats as Archie Shepp, Kirk Lightsey, Sonny Fortune, Chico Freeman, Elvin Jones, and many others. His work as a leader has been documented on several brilliant recordings with the group Panamaniacs and his current band Circlechant. He has applied these talents to a wide variety of performing and recording situations including Freddie Hubbard, Louis Hayes, Sonny Fortune, Danilo Perez, Bill Pierce, as well as a multitude of independent studio projects. In performance Santi displays a rare combination of fiery soloing abilities and telepathic communication and projects a joyously spirited vibrancy to his audiences. Mr. Debriano held the post Assistant Professor of African American music at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth from 200- 2003. He has been involved with jazz education internationally, as a prime organizer of the Summer Jazz Camp in San Cezaire Sur Siagne, France.