- Stefano Zenni
(b Naples, July 22, 1933; d, May 10, 2008). Italian alto saxophonist and leader. After studying piano and accordion he changed at the age of 24 to alto saxophone. He made his début in Rome in 1958, but his first important work was in the mid-1960s as a member of the Gruppo Romano Free Jazz, a trio with Marcello Melis on double bass and Franco Pecori on drums, and a quartet with Giancarlo Schiaffini, which became the leading Italian free-jazz group. He also performed with popular, folk, and theatrical ensembles, notably the folk revival group Canzoniere Italiano and Living Theatre. In the early 1970s he and Melis undertook research on Italian folk music and Schiano performed and recorded with various small groups, among them those led by Bruno Tommaso, the arranger and composer Tommaso Vittorini, Massimo Urbani, and Maurizio Giammarco. In the mid-1970s he collaborated with the avant-garde composer Domenico Guaccero, and in ...