The multi-awarded sextet lead by Federico Calcagno received prestigious prizes in Italy and abroad:
Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021, Jazz Juniors Festival, Concorso Bettinardi 2021, MEI Superstage 2021.

Trying to play the new concept with a outward bound feeling.

Eric Dolphy


Federico Calcagno: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Compositions

Gianluca Zanello: Alto Sax

Luca Ceribelli: Tenor, Soprano Sax

Andrea Mellace: Vibraphone

Stefano Zambon: Double Bass

Stefano Grasso: Drums

Clarinetist-composer Federico Calcagno – defined as “The new bishop of the best Italian and European Jazz [A. Bazzurro, All About Jazz] – emphasizes the importance of multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphyinfluence through the sextet “The Dolphians”.
This sextet shows a great collective interaction and enthusiasm; the first album From Another Planet declares love to the Blue Note sounds from the ‘60s, re-elaborating the masterpiece Out to Lunch and giving a contemporary rebirth to Eric Dolphy’s less known composition Jim Crow through a suite in five movements. Moreover, From Another Planet is characterized by the alternation and mixture of original compositions with Dolphy’s sparkling arrangements. Lately, the 90% of the repertoire is based on original and unreleased compositions written by the band leader, showing a new musical direction into little-explored territories.
Indeed, “The Dolphians” aim is to continue what Dolphy left at the moment of his premature death through imagination, creativity, recreation and high risk.

The Dolphians performed in:

– Fara Jazz 2022
– Edinburgh Jazz and Blues 2022
– Bergamo Jazz 2022
– NOSPR (Katowice)
– Casa del Jazz
– Jazz Juniors (Krakow) 2021
– MEI (Faenza) 2021
– Macerata Jazz 2021

First album From Another Planet was catalogued in the list of the best 100 albums of 2019 by JAZZIT Italian magazine.

Album Release: February 18, 2019

Label: Emme Label
Sound Engineer: Stefano Spina
Photo Credit: Daniele Frediani

PH: Daniele Frediani

Federico Calcagno Short BIO

Federico Calcagno (1995) is a clarinet and bass clarinet player, creative jazz musician and composer from Milan, Italy, and currently active between Italy and The Netherlands.
<<The new bishop of the best Italian Jazz [A. Bazzurro, All About Jazz] >> has considered on of the most exciting clarinet players and creative musicians of the young generation.

As leader and co-leader, Federico has released five albums till now: From Another Planet (2019), Liquid Identities (2020), Urlo d’Ebano (2021), Piranha (2021), Live Fast, Die a Legend (2022).

He regularly plays in the bands Fade in Trio, The Dolphians, Piranha, Aviv Noam 4et, Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK, Adrian Moncada Sextet, Francesca Remigi’s Archipelagos, Önder, Coal Harbour, Marco Luparia Masna, Ferdinando Romano Invisible Painters, Paolo Damiani Unit, Orchestra Nazionale Jazz Giovani Talenti.

He’s the winner of several important prizes as Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini 2020, Top Jazz 2020 b y Musica Jazz Magazine, Premio Siae, Nuova Generazione Jazz, and more.

Federico studied classical and jazz clarinet at Milan Conservatory, and in 2019 he graduated in Jazz Master in bass clarinet at Amsterdam Conservatory and attended the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), directed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey.

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