Stefano D'Anna, born in Palermo, Italy, tenor and soprano sax player and composer, has performed and/or recorded, among many others, with:
Massimo Carboni, Paolo Spano, Gianni Filindeu, Sandro Gibellini, Luca Pisani, Piero Di Rienzo, Francesco Sotgiu, Nicola Muresu, Mariano Tedde, Luca Piana, Antonio Zambrini, Marco Micheli, Alessandro Fabbri, Jorge Rossy, Paolino Dalla Porta, Santiago Colomer, Francesca Corrias, Greg Hutchinson, Marcello Pellitteri, Raffaele Genovese, Marco Tamburini, Ignacio Berroa, Harvie S, Salvatore Bonafede, Fabrizio Sferra, Ares Tavolazzi, Mauro Schiavone, Emmanuel Bex, Ben Monder, JoAnne Brackeen, Pietro Ciancaglini, Pietro Lussu, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Francesco Puglisi, Pietro Iodice, Marvi La Spina, Stefano Bollani, Lello Pareti, Walter Paoli, Francesco Barberini, Lanfranco Malaguti, Umberto Fiorentino, Enzo Pietropaoli, Enrico Pieranunzi, Diederik Wissels, Stefano Sabatini, Dario Deidda, Pietro Condorelli, Mimmo Cafiero, Giovanni Tommaso, Massimo Manzi, Enrico Bracco, Fabrizio Bosso, Carlo Morena, Rodrigo Gonçalves, Bruno Pedroso, Nelson Cascais, Vito Di Modugno, Nico Morelli, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan.
In 1991 Stefano D'Anna formed a trio with Enzo Pietropaoli and Fabrizio Sferra. This trio completed a recording titled "Leapin' in", which won him unanimous appraisal from the critics all over Italy and got rave reviews abroad and in the USA. "Leapin' in" has also been included in "The Penguin Guide to CD, LP & Cassettes", obtaining a four stars rating, i.e. the maximum available.
Stefano D'Anna, Piero Di Rienzo, Francesco Sotgiu
photo: Giada Ferrarin © 2017
In 1992 Stefano D'Anna has won the yearly critics poll "Top Jazz", held by the Italian magazine "Musica Jazz", resulting first in the category "Best New Talent".
In 1998 his CD "Carousel" has been rated "Best Italian Jazz CD" by Basimedia Magazine and it has also been included in "The Penguin Guide to CDs", obtaining a three stars rating.
In 2005 his CD "Runa" has also been included in the seventh edition of "The Penguin Guide to CDs", obtaining a three and a half stars rating.
Stefano D'Anna has performed with his own band and as a featured soloist in various Jazz Festivals and clubs all over Europe: Milan, Bologna, Vignola, Karlowy Vary, Prague, Grénoble, Rome, Géneve, Gorizia, Porto, Fano, Lisbon, Braga, Loures, Marinha Grande, Aosta, Marsala, Cracow, Paris, Como, Nantes, Roccella Jonica, Coimbra, Atina, Madeira, Terni, Ancona, Ferrara. Taormina '11, Jazz Vanguard '12, Dolomiti Ski Jazz Fest '12, Cagliari JazzExpo '11, '12 '13, Calagonone '13, Nora '13, Time in Jazz '13,'14, Nuoro '16, Copenhagen Vinter Jazz Fest '17.
He teaches Jazz Saxophone at Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy.
On tenor sax he uses exclusively mouthpieces optimized by Filippo Bucci, Rome, Italy.
On soprano sax he uses exclusively a Soprano Planet Open Sky 2 mouthpiece, custom made by Joe Giardullo.