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Born in Barcelona in 1959, he discovered jazz in the Ricard Gili workshops. His practical learning lasted for five years at La Locomotora Negra, as well as with pianist Jimmy Rena in the historical jazz club La Guitarra on the Costa Brava. In Barcelona's La Cova del Drac, he collaborated on several occasions with classical jazz figures such as Carrie Smith, Gene Connors and Ralph Sutton.

After years of exclusive dedication to classical music, he returned to jazz in 1995, and very soon was called upon to take part in Ricard Gili's New Orleans quartet and Lucky Guri's Dixieland sextet. Together with several colleagues from La Locomotora Negra, he then formed the Swing Cream octet, and frequently performed with Josep Mª Farràs, Ignasi Terraza and other musicians and groups.

With trumpeters Ricard Gili and Pepe Robles he finally created the New Orleans Blue Stompers ensemble, dedicated to traditional jazz. His activity has become increasingly intensive with this group having recently recorded "The Louis Armstrong musical story" CD (Blue Moon, 2001).

Another of his creations is the Barcelona Swing Serenaders group dedicated to classical jazz.

He has also organised many sessions to promote jazz, both live as well as with the help of discs. He is the author of the book "Tocats jazz" (Amalgama, 2000).


NEW ORLEANS BLUE STOMPERS

Traditional Jazz

Ricard Gili ((trumpet and voice)
Pepe Robles
(trumpet)
Oriol Romaní
(clarinet)
Oscar Font
(trombone)
Albert Romaní
(banjo)
Fèlix de Blas
(tuba)
Marcelo de Castro
(washboard)


Under the name of Red Bean Strutters, precursor of the present New Orleans Blue Stompers, this group appeared in Barcelona in the spring of 1995 as entertainment for the "Hivernacle"'s nights of jazz, in Ciudadela park.

In the summer of 1998, five members of this group won the first prize at Saint Rapaël's International New Orleans Jazz Competition (France).

The New Orleans Blue Stompers have recently recorded a CD entitled "The Louis Armstrong musical story", (Blue Moon, 2001).

The spontaneity and authenticity with which they recreate the music by Louis Armtrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds or Jimmie Noone makes them one of the best performers of the most genuine New Orleans style. Their repertoire is typical of New Orleans jazz: blues, gospel, marches and various themes, from the most famous to the least known. Today, The New Orleans Blue Stompers offer the warmth of their jazz for audiences to enjoy as much as they do themselves.


BARCELONA SWING SERENADERS
Classical Jazz

Oriol Romaní (clarinet)
Óscar Font
(trombone)
Albert Romaní
(guitar and banjo)
Josemi Moraleda
(contrabass)


The musicians of this group, outstanding members of the New Orleans Blue Stompers and the Locomotora Negra groups, started this ensemble in 1999. It was geared towards the most classical aspects of Swing and New Orleans styles.

The clarinettist and trombonist, - winners of the First Prize at Saint Rapahël's New Orleans International Competition in 1988-, comprise a live framework of solos, riffs and collective improvisations, suitably supported by a contrabass and a guitar full of swing.

Besides their participation in jazz Festivals and concert cycles, the quartet has performed at congresses, openings, celebrations, didactical sessions, following banquets and at balls etc., Whatever the surroundings, Barcelona Swing Serenaders try to recreate the freshness, swing and warmth of best classical jazz, in the hope that the audience will enjoy itself as much as they do.