Francesco Valente

Double Bass


 Francesco Valente is Italian, living in Lisbon for sixteen years. He is graduated in languages and literature of Hispanic and lusophone countries, at Universita Statale di Milano, and in Jazz/Double Bass at ESML, Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa. Currently, he’s getting the Phd degree in Ethnomusicology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and he had to defend his thesis about Spokfrevo, an orchestra of frevo/jazz of Recife, Pernambuco/Brazil, having the opportunity to be guided by Salwa El Shawan Castelo Branco and by Carlos Sandroni, both investigators internationally acclaimed.

He studied double bass and jazz theory in Portugal with Afonso Pais, Massimo Cavalli, Nelson Cascais, Bernardo Moreira, Joao Moreira, Pedro Moreira, Bruno Santos, Andre Fernandes, Goncalo Marques, Ricardo Pinheiro and Lars Arens. He attended Jazz workshops with John Taylor, David Binney, Marc Miralt, Mike Mainieri, Carlos Bica, Carlos Barretto etc. He collaborated in recording and live sessions with many international musicians (David Murray, Mike Mainieri, Marcos Suzano, Mario Tronco, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Sara Tavares, Paulo Flores, Antonio Zambujo, Aline Frazao, Ne Ladeiras, Ney Matogrosso, Vitor Santana, Chico Cesar, Tito Paris, Pedro Joia, Cool Hipnoise, Kumpania Al-Gazarra, Groove Quartet, Andre Cabaco, Eneida Marta, Fogo di Mar, Loopless, Ponto de Equilibrio, Raimundo Amador, Mahesh Vinayakram, Kutla Khan, Oori Shalev etc.). Actually he play in various projects of jazz in Lisbon and Portugal: Tora Tora Big Band, Ricardo Pinto Quinteto, Chibanga Groove, Luis Vicente Trio, and MoFrancesco Quintetto as a leader.

Also he play electric bass & double bass with Orquestra Todos, Terrakota, Aline Frazao, Anonima Nuvolari etc. He played and still plays in numerous international festivals of World Music, Jazz and Pop.