1. Where are you from and how did you first start playing drums?
I am from south of Italy, Taranto. I started play a detergent cloth when i was a child but i started play drums late at 16 and I never stopped since then.
2. How did you get into Jazz? Who were your influences?
Nobody listened to jazz in my family, i think my first jazz vinyl was a live album by Miles Davis with Max Roach on drums and the sound was not so clear, but at same time i listened to Billy Cobham records especially “Spectrum”, and then to Art Blakey with the Jazz Messengers, a record on cassette by Sonny Rollins pianoless with Elvin Jones on drums and so on till today listening to the old and new cats.
3. What is the jazz scene in Italy like now?
Jazz in Italy is alive, a lot of good musicians and some interesting projects.
4. What are your current projects?
Since 2006 I’m the leader of Berardi Jazz Connection an Italian group with worldwide 4 CDs released. Now I’m happy to have released a CD with this new trio T-RIOT with 2 beautiful musicians Camillo Pace on bass and Pietro Vincenti on piano. The CD is produced by Albóre jazz and of course by the 4th man of T-RIOT the great Satoshi Toyoda.
I’m planning for next summer to go to New York to start to work on a new record with anold friend of mine and wonderful musician and producer Fabrizio Sotti
5. 3 favorite albums?
Oh it’ s hard to say.. but if I have to, maybe :
Nearness of you: The ballad book by M Brecker
Past Present & Future by C Corea
A Love Supreme by J Coltrane
Read more about T-Riot & Albore Jazz here.