- Stefano Zenni
(b Chiavenna, nr Lecco, Italy, Dec 3, 1935). Italian pianist and leader. He began to learn piano at the age of nine, and in his teens played in dance halls. In 1955 he traveled in Venezuela and then in Europe and discovered jazz. From 1959 to 1967 he lived in Sweden, where he met Albert “Tootie” Heath, played in a trio in clubs, restaurants, and concert halls, and recorded his first important albums. He returned to Italy, but in search of work settled in 1967 in Romania, where he wrote music for theater, radio, and television, gave concerts, and made further recordings; he returned frequently to Sweden, where he established a long partnership with Red Mitchell, and Italy, where he played with touring American musicians at the club Jazz Power in Milan. In 1974 he settled in Italy, and from 1975 to 1996 he appeared as an unaccompanied soloist at Motta, a restaurant in Milan. He led several quartets (including one with the saxophonist Peter Guidi, ...