Italian singer, guitarist, arranger and composer. Giuliano Ligabue was born in Lodi. He has been living in Piacenza since he was 8. He began to play at the age of 7. His father who was a professional musician and singer as well, passed on Giuliano his love for music. Grown up in a family of musicians, as a child Giuliano listened to lots of music and was inspired by many different genres, such as Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Bossa Nova.
In 2001 he began to study jazz guitar and he mainly specialized in the swing style. In 2006 Giuliano was the finalist in the national contest for young jazz talents, organized by Piacenza Jazzclub. In 2008, treasuring his father's teachings, Giuliano began to perform as a singer and guitarist, playing classical songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and many others.
At the same time he approached the seven strings guitar, inspired by great artists like George Van Eps, Bucky and John Pizzarelli. The fortunate encounter with the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli (guitarist of Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and many others) and with his son John Pizzarelli gave Giuliano new motivation to master the seven strings guitar, which he often uses in his performances.
In 2012 Giuliano founded his own Trio: the Giuliano Ligabue Trio, with Michele Mazzoni on bass and Mario Zara on piano. Giuliano arranging and playing his repertoire from the American Songbook classics and performing in many clubs, private events, jazz clubs and festivals. In 2013 he recorded the album "Swing Affair"with his own drumless trio. The album received a very positive feedback both in Italy and abroad.
After the release of Swing Affair, lots of important collaborations with Italian and international musicians started. We can mention Mattia Cigalini, Gianni Azzali, Michele Franzini, Walter Ganda, Paolo Tomelleri (great italian clarinettist and saxophonist who played with Tony Scott, Clark Terry, Joe Venuti, Enzo Jannacci and Giorgio Gaber, just to mention a few), Simon Woolf, Richard Pite and Frank Griffith. Also, Giuliano Ligabue started another important collaboration with the renowned American pianist John Colianni (pianist for Mel Tormé, Lionel Hampton, Les Paul and Woody Allen). Giuliano Ligabue has made a tour in the United Kingdom in August 2016with the John Colianni Trio, performing with great success mainly in London, in the most renown Jazz Clubs.
After a period of intensive study where he expanded his knowledge in arranging for large ensemble under the guidance of M° Giuseppe Parmigiani, In the summer 2016 Giuliano presented at the Summertime in Jazz Festival, organized by the “Piacenza Jazz Club”, his new project, Giuliano Ligabue & Swing Band: a wind section composed of four musicians, Gianni Satta (trumpet), Cristiano Boschesi (trombone), Alessandro Bertozzi (alto sax), Andrea Zermani (tenor sax) and a sound rhythm section formed by Stefano Caniato (piano), Michele Mazzoni (bass), Marco Orsi (drums) and of course, Giuliano Ligabue (vocals, guitar and arrangements). Alltogheter recreating the intimate musical atmosphere of the Big Bands. The premiere of this concert, recorded live, has become the second CD of Giuliano Ligabue released in December 2016, "Live at Summertime in Jazz".
On July 26th, 2019 was released his third CD called "Ci può stare"(Edizioni Musicali Bagutti / Fonola). This new recording represents an important turning point, in fact there are six new original songs in Italian language composed by Giuliano Ligabue with lyrics written by Massimo Boeri. "Ci può stare" is also characterized by a great variety of musical styles ranging from Swing, Latin rhythms and R&B. In addition to the original songs, many international hits by Frank Sinatra, Sting, Queen, Nina Simone and Elvis Presley are included in the album. The sound range from the big Orchestra (big band with string section) to the intimate atmosphere of 7 strings guitar and voice, all expertly arranged in an original and effective way by Giuliano. Some of the most renowed session man in the Italian music scene played in this album, Davide Ghidoni (trumpet), Serafino Tedesi (strings) and Alessandro Bertozzi (saxophones) to name a few.
On October 20th, 2020was released the EP"This Happy Rhythm" (Level49) which sees the participation of saxophonist Mattia Cigalini as a guest in the tittle track written by Giuliano Ligabue. At Christmas of the same year the single "Winter Wonderland" (Skylab99 Records) was released, which arranged by Giuliano for big band, achieving excellent ratings on Spotify.
2021 is characterized by the digital publication of many singles with the intention of collecting them in a new album in 2022. In these new publications Giuliano wanted to honor great international artists realizing jazz reinterpretations of their greatest hits. We can mention "Quando" a tribute to Pino Daniele in a bossa nova version, the romantic "When I fall in love" in memory of the great Nat King Cole in a vocals and 7-strings guitar version, "The way you make me feel" the famous Michael Jackson song rearranged for big band, "Strangers in the night" in a bossa / lounge arrangement, a swinging version of "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)" and many others.