Guitarist Simone Gubbiotti is a musician with a strong presence in both the USA and Europe. Based in Umbria (Italy) Simone frequents the US regularly where he performs with musicians including Sid Jacobs, Joe La Barbera, Nick Rosen, Arthur Blythe, Lewis Nash, Corey Christiansen, Danny Gottlieb and Jay Anderson.
Music was not Simone’s first passion, he began his career in the world of sport where he played professionally for a number of top Italian soccer clubs including AC Milan. After sustaining a serious knee injury Simone took the decision to refocus and pursue a career in music. Simone initially studied jazz guitar locally in his native Italy and later furthered his studies at the Berklee college of Music and the G.I.T in los Angeles. Simone has performed throughout Europe and the United States, both as a sideman and leader, however it is since his signing with New York based label Dot Time records that Simone has started to gain the attention he deserves.
Simone’s first releases as a leader “racce di Eoni” (feat. Joe La Barbera and Darek Oles) and “Sinergy” (with Joe La Barbera and Joe Bagg) were well received both by the public and press. Simone’s latest release “Promise to a Friend” (2012) on Dot Time records is a set of 10 original compositions and features Peter Erskine on drums and Darek Oles on double bass.
The compositions recorded on this CD mark a milestone in Simone’s career, Simone states in the liner notes “This recording was born out of these reflections and the experiences of my personal journey over the past few years. It’s dedicated in particular to a wonderful friend who I believe saved my life. Paolo showed me that I can be who I want to be and even though Paolo is no longer with us he was able to teach me the importance of treating life with the right attitude and vision.”