Beppe Scardino is a baritone saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer.
He studied with Dimitri Grechi Espinoza and in 2002 and 2003 collaborated with the Congolese artist Ludovic Goma Parfait, researcher into the therapeutic traditions of Kongò cultures.
He has attended master classes with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Anthony Braxton, jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrahams and Rob Brown, and he is a member of the collective-label El Gallo Rojo Records.
Beppe also leads a sextet called Orange Room, (El Gallo Rojo Records) which has taken part in some of the most important festivals and venues for creative music in Italy, including: Centro d'Arte Padova, MetJazz (Prato), Risonanze - Teatro Fondamenta Nuove (Venezia), An Insolent Noise (Pisa).
He graduated in jazz at the Bologna Music Conservatory with a thesis on the late Coltrane.
He plays with the Dinamitri Jazz Folklore, and with this band has worked at length with Sadiq Bey and recently with Afro-American poet, playwright and activist Amiri Baraka.
Since 2007 Beppe has been playing with Gianluca Petrella in his Cosmic Band, touring some of the most important festivals in Italy and Europe. In 2009 Cosmic Band won the Top Jazz critics poll as best band.
He plays in a duo with Federico Scettri (Cosmic Band's drummer) in the Pospaghemme project (also on El Gallo Rojo records). Pospaghemme have performed at a wide variety of venues, from small dirty clubs to big festivals around Italy and Europe.
Scardino is also a member of the Mr. Rencore trio with Gabrio Baldacci and Daniele Paoletti, collaborating in 2010 with Tim Berne, one of the most influential musicians of the last 20 years; Mr. Rencore + Tim Berne's record will be released on the AUAND label.
Since 2011 he has been involved -again, with Petrella- in the trombonist's new project: "Il Bidone" a septet (with John De Leo, Giovanni Guidi, Andrea Sartori, Joe Rehmer and Cristiano Calcagnile) dedicated to the music of Nino Rota.
He is also part of Bobby Previte's new trio: "Plutino" (with Francesco Diodati on guitar).
He is also active on the rock scene as saxophonist and arranger, including work with the Livorno-based band Virginiana Miller (albums Fuochi Fatui d'Artificio and Il Primo Lunedì Del Mondo).
He plays regularly with the great Livornese songwriter Bobo Rondelli and is also currently part of the five-piece Orchestrina, with Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, Tony Cattano, Simone Padovani and Filippo Ceccarini.