“To say Giacomo Turra knows what “groove” means would be an understatement. He rather embodies the word. Over 350,000 people – including follow him on Instagram for his funk covers and the immaculate vibes paired with them. Whether it’s to play Stevie Wonder or George Benson or Prince, or even his own little bits of improv, the Italian guitarist has his own way of doing things.” – Sophie McVinnie (Guitar Magazine)
Giacomo Turra is an Italian musician born in 1997.
Intrigued by the vinyls of his father, Giacomo started playing guitar at the age of 13, learning by jamming on his favorite artists like Stevie Wonder, George Benson and Herbie Hancock.
In 2018, he started his solo musical project, exploring R&B, Funk and Jazz and releasing his first singles under the name JMT between 2019 and 2020. In March 2020, during the pandemic lockdown, Giacomo started posting video performances on his Instagram account, soon becoming an Artist for D’Angelico Guitars and gaining hundreds of thousands of followers.
In July 2021, Giacomo released „The Groove Sessions“, a compilation of Funk and R&B covers recorded with renowned musicians and singers from all over the world like Brandon „TAZ“ Niederauer, Phoebe Katis, Jessica Burdeaux, George Collins and Augie Bello. On November 12th, 2021, Giacomo played his first international show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam for the Soul Live Festival.
In December 2021, Matteo Dallape‘ on drums, Francesco Dallago on bass and Anna Polinari on vocals and keys joined the project as part of the band for Giacomo Turra.
From January to February 2022, Giacomo and his band left for the United States to work on the arrangements of their upcoming original album, meeting and playing with musicians and producers in venues and recording studios between Dallas and New York. On August 26th, Giacomo released his first original single “Get Into The Groove” with Vokall Records. The following day, Giacomo and his band played their debut show, opening for Joss Stone, Candy Dulfer and many more artists at the summer edition of the Soul Live Festival in the Netherlands. After the show, saxophonist Alessandro Russo joined the band.
On October 21st, Giacomo released his second original single „Sweet Life“, in collaboration with Italian R&B singer Filippo Perbellini.
In November 2022, Giacomo and his band went on their first headliner tour in Italy, with sold out shows in Milan, Bologna and Rome.
In January 2023, Giacomo released his signature guitar pickup model with Italian company Mama Pickups.
In February 2023, Giacomo announced the release of his signature Envelope Filter pedal in collaboration with Canadian brand SolidgoldFX. Later that month, Giacomo and his band played two shows at The Zone in Tel Aviv, Israel.
On February 28, Giacomo announces his signature pedal with Canadian brand SolidGoldFX, the SupaFunk Envelope Filter Giacomo Turra Signature.
On March 3, 2023, Giacomo opens French musician Mezerg’s date at Fabrique in Milan in front of 3000 people.
On April 21, Giacomo releases his third original single Closer, a collaboration with American singer Nic Hanson and Italian bassist Gabriele Costa.
One month later, Giacomo announces on his socials a headlining North American Tour with his band with more than 30 dates in the United States and Canada, from September to November 2023.
In June, Giacomo is invited to the legendary Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, along with Cory Wong, Nate Smith, Jesus Molina, Mario Biondi, Matt Johnson, Laufey, Grace Kelly, Bob James, Jose James, and Sister Sledge. Giacomo performs at the festival with his band on June 2 and 4.
Soon after, Giacomo and his band travel to Bali to play at the first edition of the Kura Kura Bali Jazz Festival, performing with Maurice Brown, Balawan and Tony Monaco.
After returning to Italy, Giacomo announces his new endorsement with Mayones Guitars and Laney Amplification.
In September 2023, Giacomo and his band The Funky Minutes embarked a North American Tour across United States and Canada, playing 31 shows in 2 months, selling out over 12 venues in New York, San Diego, Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
In December 2023, the band flew to Singapore as international guests of the Jazz By The Cove Festival in Sentosa Island.