among the greatest Italian jazz players

Even the pianist Enrico Intra, with whom he had opened the “Musica Oggi” school in 1987, he confirmed the tragic news by declaring: “We played together for half a century. Franco was able to begin all his experience and personality as a man, he was very communicative, helpful, polite, civil , human “.

Virtuoso of the guitar and self-taught, he was born in Milan on January 29, 1926, but has always been linked to Numana, in the province of Ancona, where every year he spent long periods in his home. Every year he took part in the concert at the dawn of Numana, a summer tradition of the Conero Riviera. By 1980 he had formed a duo with the pianist Enrico Intra, with whom he had founded the “Civic School of Jazz” in his hometown.

In addition to his music, he had become very popular, in the sixties / seventies, as a “soaking man”: he was in fact the testimonial of a well-known brand of detergent that had made him a face of the house for many families.

Cerri throughout his career has played with the likes of Gorni Kramer, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and in Italy also with Tullio De Piscopo and Pino Presti.

Self-taught he meets the occasion of his life after World War II: playing in the Kramer orchestra. Cerri is among the three Italian guitarists to be mentioned in the Treccani Encyclopedia.


among greatest Italian jazz players

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