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Michele Papadia
After classical predominantly jazz studies and University studies in Architecture, Michele (* 1972) specialized in the various aspects of Afro-American music (jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul, nusoul, pop, live electronics). In 1995 he won a scholarship and attended the three years of High Professional Qualification for jazz musicians financed by the EEC at Siena Jazz after the menthorship of D’Andrea and Pieranunzi. Later he specialized at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and followed seminars with K.Barron, Shirley Scott, P.Metheny, D.Liebman, Ray Brown among others.
Papadia has participated in the major festivals of jazz, rock, blues and gospel in Europe, US and Asia and took part as sideman to many recordings. Since the end of the 1990s he has been much in demand as a session musician in various American studios (for gospel, blues, funk, pop, jazz), in particular Nashville where he specialized in pop-gospel style and New Orleans in which he explored the eponymous style piano and where he performed in the historic club "Tipitina" in a piano solo performance. In New Orleans he learned the Clavinet, of which he is one of the leading international experts.
In October 2012 he has played piano and organ for Adriano Celentano’s concert at the Arena di Verona, which aired live on Mediaset and later became a DVD. Currently he collaborates with various artists including Ana Popovic, (from 2005 to date), Dolcenera, Noemi, Gianluca Petrella (from 2004 to date), Bosso, Omar and various American gospel artists. Papadia has been also pianist/organist in the Caribbean Blues Cruise 2018 organized by Joe Bonamassa.
Papadia is also a teacher in some Italian musical institutions. His lectures are focused on Hammond Organ, acoustic piano, electric piano, clavinet and synthesizer in the field of African American music and its influence in contemporary music.
contact: info@michelepapadia.it
homepage: www.michelepapadia.it
on tour Click on the logo to see Michele's tour dates.


Blue Inside
Pepper Cake PEC 2057-2

Rudy Rotta, guitar, vocals
Michele Papadia, Hammond organ, clavinet
Marco Polidori, bass
Pier Mingotti, bass
Adriano Molinari, drums
Carmine Bloisi, drums
Flavio Piscopo, percussion

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