Emi Vernizzi Tenor & Soprano Sax
Alessandro Sgobbio Piano

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“a special open-mind spirit and a depth of horizons.” jazzconvention (it)


Pericopes began in Italy as a duo in 2007 by Emiliano Vernizzi (saxophone) and Alessandro Sgobbio (piano). One would best describe their style as ‘New Jazz’, with roots in the European tradition, Afro-American music, and improvisation, and an affinity for melody and compositional structure.

After some years spent to consolidate their own sound with live concerts, in 2012 the duo released their double-debut CD “The Double Side” (RAM Records), won the 1st prize in both italian contests of Umbria Jazz and Padova Carrarese with a nomination as toplist band in 2013 by Italian Musica Jazz magazine.

They continued performing at several festival as Umbria Jazz, Parma Frontiere, Iseo Jazz, Maderna Jazz (IT), Jazz Pas Grave and Unesco International Jazz Day (Paris, FR), BurgJazz (DE), to name a few.

In 2013 Pericopes recorded Frames (PJF Records), a live DVD shot in the suggestive Teatro Sociale Gualtieri (Italy) which positively impressed American jazz journalist Dave Sumner (Bird is the Worm, All About Jazz) : “Sublime duo set. Some gorgeous moments on this recording.” In the meantime, the duo began collaborating with NewYork drummer Nick Wight, marking the inception of a “transatlantic” musical direction named Pericopes +1.

In 2018 the duo released What What (UNIT Records) and was mentioned in the Italian jazz history book, “La Storia del Jazz” as one of the most important/unique new-generation productions of the last years


Winners of Umbria Jazz Contest 2013
Winners of Padova Carrarese Prize 2012
TopJazz 2013: Best Italian Jazz Group Top List
TopJazz 2012: Best New Italian Jazz Talents Top List

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