Cremona Musica Gala Concert | Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Cremona

WHERE: Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Cremona
WHEN: 29th september | 9:00 pm


  • Diane Ponzio
  • Finaz
  • Tuck & Patti


Diane Ponzio is a singer, singer-songwriter and guitarist born and raised in New York. She graduated at the “Fame School of Performing Arts” and fine-tuned her performing skills in cafés and pubs of Bleecker Street, in Greenwich Village. Diane writes her songs with pop/jazz/folk elements that lead the audience in a true emotional journey. Her pieces are performed with her mezzo-soprano voice, very similar to a saxophone counterposed to the lively jazz guitar accompaniment.

Due to her brilliant guitar skills, the US Martin Guitars company chose her as international representative and brand ambassador worldwide. Diane performs every year in over 100 concerts in the US, Germany, England, Austria, Italy and New Zealand and records up to 7 CDs of her own songs.


A. M. Finaz started to play at the age of 10 when he fell in love with the Beatles’ music. After a first classical music education, he started studying jazz and playing all the music genres while taking parts to several music competition both as solo player and with bands. At the age of 16 he recorded his first 45 rpm disc in Gas studio in Florence. He then increased his live performances and started teaching at the school of his city (Volterra). In 1991, together with a group from Florence, he recorded the first CD with BMG-ariola and in 1992 he went on his first professional tour with great national musicians. In 1993 he moved from electric guitar to acoustic guitar and founded the band Bandabardò with the singer Erriquez. He is also co-author and co-producer of this band. Next to Bandabardò he also performed both in studio and live with several artists, among others: Carmen Consoli, Daniele Silvestri, Max Gazzé, Paola Turci, Dolcenera, Goran Bregovic, Piero Pelù, Modena City Ramblers, David Sylvian, C.S.I., Caparezza, Moni Ovadia, Franco Battiato, Daniele Sepe, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, Roy Paci, Stefano Bollani, Tonino Carotone, Patty Pravo, Stefano “Cisco” Bellotti, Casa del vento, Giobbe Covatta, Dario Fo, Franz di Cioccio, Tony Esposito, Folkabbestia, Peppe Voltarelli, Marco Calliari, Bob Ezrin (producer of Pink Floyd and Lou Reed).


Tuck & Patti have been riding high for 35 years now. They caught the audience attention with their first record “Tears of Joy” that really astonished guitarists and pop radios with the cover of Cyndy Lauper’s “Time After Time”.

Patti’s folk, gospel and rhythm’n’blues origins meet Tuck’s jazz style. Her vibrant contralto voice and her scat singing improvisation combine with his guitar virtuosity and with his ability to simultaneously perform chords, bass line and melody. A message of love and joy that is also the inspiration of their latest album “I Remember You” collecting the great standard of the American repertoire with a clear reference to the historical couple guitar/voice par excellence: Ella Fitgeralld and Joe Pass.

Tuck Andress was born in Oklahoma where he started to study guitar by himself. “I had some guitar lessons, but I really learned it by myself, while playing with other musicians or learning some pieces from discs with a lot of practice and experimentation. I soon became inseparable from my guitar”. Tuck later studied classical guitar at Stanford University. “It was in this period that I studied Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin. I listened to every jazz album I happened to find, above all Miles Davis’ ones”.

Patti Cathcart was born in San Francisco. When she was 6 she already knew she would become a singer: “I have always listened to all the music genres: gospel, classical, jazz, soul, folk, blues, rock, country as well as music from other cultures. Everything. As to jazz singer, my first love was and will always be Ella Fitzgerald. But also Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and many other singers really touched me”.