* Locarno, 18.05.1962; Guitar, Electric guitar, Trumpet, Guitar synthesizer
Marco Cortesi was born in 1962 in Locarno, Switzerland. He starts to approach music seriously toward the age of 20, after graduation in high school. Marco attends several Italian summer camps with Joe di Jorio, Jim Hall, Mick Goodrick and other well-known artists. In 1985 he enrolls at the Swiss Jazz School Bern, where he has the opportunity to study and play with Frank Sikora, Rachel Gould, Woody Shaw, Sal Nistico and others. He graduates in '91.
Festival apparences, collaborations: Blues To Bop Festival, Estival Jazz Lugano, Swiss Diagonales, Brissago Jazz Evenings, Jazztage Dübendorf, Jazz Festival Willisau, Montreux Jazz Festival, Festival für Alte Music, Zürich, etc.
Played or plays with: Gene Calderazzo, Franco Ambrosetti, Walt Szymansky, Jon Davis, Pietro Tonolo, Mark Abrams, Dario Deidda, Jeff Gardner, Rick Margitza, Giorgio di Tullio, Alberto Bonacasa, Yuri Goloubev, and lots of other italian musicians.
He's actually active with a quartet, EWS, that includes the amazing russian bass player Yuri Goloubev, italian drummer Giorgio di Tullio and swiss saxophonist Max Pizio.