5 December 1949, Rome, Italy. Pieranunzi began formal piano studies at the age of five and was simultaneously made aware of jazz by his guitarist father. He became a professional musician at the end of his teenage years, working in backing groups supporting visiting jazz artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Jim Hall and Lee Konitz. In the mid-70s he formed the first of many small groups, with which he played many European venues, including several important festivals. In 1984, Pieranunzi formed a trio with Americans Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, recording New Lands, followed two years later by Deep Down. Both albums attracted considerable praise from critics, audiences and, importantly, his musical peers. He continued to record successfully through the late 80s and early 90s, including more trio sessions with Johnson and Steve Houghton and with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. He also recorded very successfully in duo with Johnson...
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