Bruno Castellucci

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Bruno Castellucci (born January 10, 1944 in Châtelet ) is a Belgian jazz drummer of Italian descent.


The musical autodidact began playing drums at the age of 14. As early as the early 1960s he worked with Belgian jazz musicians such as René Thomas , Bobby Jaspar , Jacques Pelzer and Francy Boland and in 1962 received the first prize for percussion at the Adolphe Sax Jazz Festival in Dinant .

In 1963 he became a member of Alex Scorier's quintet . He became known through his collaboration with Toots Thielemans , with whom he has performed at numerous concerts and recordings since 1974. Between 1974 and 1980 he was also a member of the Flemish Radio Jazz Orchestra .

Between 1977 and 1979 he was a member of Jan Akkerman's band . Since 1980 he was the drummer in Peter Herbolzheimer's big band . He also worked with the Bob Mintzer big band and the Count Basie Orchestra .

Castellucci led a quartet with Peter Tiehuis , Michel Herr and Michel Hatzigeorgiou in the 1980s , with whom he recorded the album Bim Bim (1989). In the 1990s he founded the Bruno Castellucci Stringtett , an international jazz quartet with a string quartet (albums Towards the Light and Lost and Found ).

As a sideman, Castellucci has worked on more than sixty albums and has worked with musicians such as Charlie Mariano , Airto Moreira , Joe Zawinul , Bob Mintzer , Chet Baker , Lee Konitz , Jaco Pastorius , Quincy Jones , Chaka Khan , Dianne Reeves , Bill Frisell and Jan Akkerman , more recently with Éric Legnini , Judy Niemack , Richard Galliano , Ivan Paduart , Philip Catherine , Joachim Kühn , Anne Ducros , Gordon Beck and Heinz von Hermann .

Between 1985 and 1988 he taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory . In addition, he has taught at the Brussels Music Academy since 1986 and at the Brussels Conservatory since 1998 and gives workshops in numerous countries in Europe, North Africa, Japan, Canada and the USA.

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