12 December 1950, Le Cannet, France. Galliano studied piano and accordion with his father, who came originally from Italy. Then he attended Nice Conservatory where he studied trombone, harmony and counterpoint. He listened to records by Italian accordionists as well as Americans who played the instrument in a jazz context, notably Art Van Damme and Ernie Felice. Performing in accordion competitions, Galliano won prizes in Spain and France. The repertoire at these contests was classical, but he had developed an interest in jazz through hearing records by Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. From 1973 Galliano lived in Paris, working with singer Claude Nougaro as composer and arranger. He also worked with Charles Aznavour, Barbara, Juliette Gréco and Zizi Jeanmaire. He recorded in a duo with singer Allain Leprest, Voce A Mano, winning the Académie Charles Cros Grand Prix Du Disque.
Drawing upon his French and Italian heritage,...
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