Refined, soulful, captivating....some of the words fans use to describe the inspired contemporary jazz of The Maurizio Grondona Group. Debuting in 1987, the group is led by singer, guitarist and composer Maurizio Grondona, a native of Bari, Italy. Influenced by American jazz greats including Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny and Al Jarreau, Maurizio also counts among his mentors hip-hop/soul acts such as Grammy winners, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s House Band) and the late producer, J Dilla (De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Erykah Badu). The result of such diverse musical education is cosmopolitan American jazz with a decidedly Mediterranean flavor. The Maurizio Grondona Group has been featured at numerous jazz festivals and showcases including Milan SIM, Jazz For Amnesty International, Vieste Festival Golden Lion in Venice and in 2012, was highlighted at Thursday Night Vibe (past performers include Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson, Jr., etc.). The group has also appeared at the prestigious LA Indie-Music / Film International Summit (LA-IMIS). The Maurizio Grondona Group features Paul Iannattone on keyboards, bassist Nicky Belviso and Giuseppe Grondona on drums and is also available as a trio. The 2010 release, ‘The Sounds Of Life’, is a fusion of styles reminiscent of mainstream contemporary jazz powerhouse Norman Brown and features Italy’s hip-hop sensation, Tormento, on several tracks. New for 2013, 'The Night Vibe' represents a further refinement of the group's authentic urban contemporary jazz sensibilities.