About Gianfranco Continenza
He performed and recorded with many world famous artists like Bill Evans, Joe Diorio, Mark Egan, Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, John Beasley, Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai, Jeff Richman, Scott Kinsey, Jamie Findlay, Barrett Tagliarino, Richard Smith, John Stowell, Marco Minnemann, Walter Martino, Alessandro Centofanti, Ray Riendeau, Dino D’Autorio, Pippo Matino, Ernesttico, ect.
Gianfranco was the first professor of “Jazz Guitar” at the Conservatory of Pescara (Italy) where he also taught Music Theory. He also founded (in 1994) the C.M.A. (Contemporary Music Academy) of Pescara, one of the most advanced european modern school where he teaches Jazz/Fusion guitar. He produced two solo Albums: “The Past Inside The Present” (ESC Records 2008) feat. Bill Evans (Miles Davis, John McLaughlin) e Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech, Joe Zawinul) che (nel 2008) was the n°1 on the list of the best 100 Jazz Guitar Album for Tower Records USA and it was the 2nd bestseller Album for ESC Records.
With his executive producer Beppe Aleo he produced his new Album for VIDEORADIO: “Dusting The Time” feat. Don Mock, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), John Beasley (Steely Dan, John Patitucci), Mark Egan (Elements, Pat Metheny Group), Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai (Casiopea), Walter Martino, Alessandro Centofanti, Dino D’Autorio and many others. Also for ESC Records he appeared as a leader on two Albums tribute to Mahavishnu Orchestra: “Mahavishnu Re-Defined vol.1 & vol.2” and the CD tribute to Jeff Beck “The Loner vol. 2” with All-Star musicians like Mark Egan, Michael Manring, John Patitucci, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers, Gary Husband, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mitchel Forman, Steve Vai and many others.
He performed as a leader at the “Bratislava Jazz Days 2008”, one of the most important International Jazz Festival in Europe.
Since 2010 he’s writing lessons on the famous American magazine Just Jazz Guitar where he has been interviewed on the may 2009 issue. It’s also has a Jazz column on Chitarre, one of the main italian guitar magazine.
Gianfranco’s new CD “Dusting The Time” has been earning high critical on the review of the march issue of the American magazine Guitar Player and it was put in the editors' faves column.
Continenza is endorsing DV MARK Amps with the MULTIAMP, the combo DV40 212 and the “Little Jazz”, the head Little 40 L34 e la cabinet C 412 Standard, Eventide with the Stompboxes TimeFactor and e Space, APS Guitars with his “GC Signature”, JACOLAND Guitars with his “Heaven Jazz GC Signature”, GS CUSTOM Guitars with his “GC Acoustic Signature”, D’Orazio Strings, HIPSHOT Products, MAMA Pickups and the hand made Wegen Picks with the model Bigcity Picks.
There’s a whole chapter of Gianfranco on the American book "Originality is everything - a life and a near-death tale of an independent record label" written by John McGlasson.
Please visit Gianfranco’s web site www.gianfrancocontinenza.com for more info and news.