Tullio De Piscopo

Drummer Tullio De Piscopo grew up in a family of musicians listening to numerous jazz records. He took up the study of drums as a self-taught player at clubs in Naples frequented by U.S. military personnel.

In the early 1970s he moved first to Bologna and then to Milan where he played at the Capolinea jazz club, frequented by musicians from the Lombard capital’s jazz scene.

He collaborates with Enrico Intra, Franco Cerri and the Basso-Valdambrini formation, among the most significant in the history of Italian jazz. He forms the Capolinea Big Band with prestigious jazz musicians who regularly frequent the Milanese club, including Gianni Basso and Dino Piana, and a trio with Renato Sellani and Dodo Goya.

In 1973, the Neapolitan drummer recorded his first record as a leader entitled Suonando la batteria moderna. At that time he began playing as a session man with exponents of pop and jazz music: he participated in the recording of the album Summit-Reunion Cumbre, made by Argentine musician and composer Astor Piazzolla with Gerry Mulligan. With the latter and Enrico Intra, the Neapolitan drummer recorded an album the following year.

In 1976 he founded the Revolt Group and, two years later, participated in the recording of the album Carta Straccia by guitarist and singer Alberto Radius and recorded for the Jazz From Italy record series, licensed by the Carosello label, the album Future Percussion, with Larry Nocella and Louis Agudo.

With Larry Nocella, Riccardo Zegna and Luciano Milanese, he recorded a live album in 1981 in the Maschio Angioino courtyard in Naples. In September 1983 with Massimo Urbani‘s quartet he made the album Max Leaps in, recorded live at the Teatro Rossini in Civitanova Marche.

He also collaborates with Pino Daniele, Dado Moroni, Franco Ambrosetti, Sal Nistico, Slide Hampton, Gato Barbieri, Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson and others.

Over the years he divides his time between projects related to pop, classical and jazz music, founding a big band with Gianni Basso and a quintet with Luigi Bonafede, Emanuele Cisi, Rosario Bonaccorso and Karl Potter.

Essential discography: Playing Modern Drums (1974 – Vedette Records), Tullio De Piscopo Revolt Group – Sotto e ‘ncoppa (1976 – Carosello), Tullio De Piscopo Vol. 2 (1976 – Carosello), Jazz From Italy – Future Percussion (1978 – Carosello), Bluesology (1981 – Dire)