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Alfonso Ponticelli Trio

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

07/15/2022 - 07/15/2022

concert
jazz

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Alfonso Ponticelli - guitar


Steve Gibbons - violin


Bob Rummage - drums


“There’s no question, though, that Swing Gitan gravitates around guitarist Ponticelli, who brings a distinctly contemporary rhythmic drive and tonal brilliance to classic gypsy jazz. In lead-guitar passages, Ponticelli proved as melodically inventive as he was technically adept. In rhythm-guitar work, he often pushed this music to the point of near-frenzy.” -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune


A multi-instrumentalist, Ponticelli won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and continues to perform solo mountain dulcimer and guitar. He has played both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to perform solo didgeridoo at the Chicago Symphony Center. Ponticelli has collaborated in Chicago with Arabic, Irish, bluegrass, Gypsy, Romanian and many other traditional folk musicians. Ponticelli has had the honor of performing at Chicago’s Millennium Park on its opening night as well as at every major museum in Chicago.



Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Ponticelli has been to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueni and Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio.



Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years.





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465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Small Theater
Family Friendly for all ages

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