Ciacca began his career as a sideman for such acclaimed jazz artists as Art Farmer, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Johnny Griffin, Mark Murphy, Dave Liebman, Steve Grossman, who he cites as his mentor and with whom he studied for three years beginning in 1990. Steve Grossman will be the special guest in his last album recorded in Bologna "Lagos Blues". It will be released on January 2010.
Ciacca in 2009 turned 40. His year long celebrations included: appearance at New York Blue Note, at Dizzy's, at the Rochester and Detroit International Jazz Festivals, European Tour with George Garzone and Joe Locke special guests: He released his first Music Book, "the Music of Antonio Ciacca "Vol. 1", and he started to teach "Business of Jazz" at Juilliard.
Nowadays the New York based pianist and composer Ciacca enjoys his work as Director of Programming at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his family of wife and 5 kids and his beloved jazz piano playing the city jazz clubs.
My new Cd was relesed on 12 January. The name LAGOS BLUES