九门爵士音乐节因由各国大使馆推荐爵士乐队而有“爵士乐世博会”的美誉。此届也不例外，由来自各国大使馆推荐的15个国家，16支国外乐队参演。其中值得一提的是美国大使馆特别推荐的世界级爵士萨克斯大师Antonio M. Hart的登台。1968年出生于巴尔的摩的国际知名萨克斯风手安东尼欧哈特Antonio Hart ，自小学便以演奏萨克斯风作为终生志业，如今的他不仅是世界著名的爵士萨克斯大师，也是著名的作曲家、编曲家及教育家，他的专辑曾获得格莱美奖提名，更作为美国国宝级的爵士乐手之一出入白宫演出，此次他将作为九门压轴的表演嘉宾在23日闭幕式上演出。
I'm an Italian pianist, composer and arranger. I started to study piano and accordion at the age of 6 with Mr. Rovro Mariano. Since the age of 9, I have been playing piano, keyboard and accordion in several bands. From the age of 9 to 13, I won several national and international music awards. I also studied clarinet at Benvenuti Music Institute of Conegliano and studied piano at Corelli Music Institute of Vittorio Veneto with Mr. Pasqualis and Ms. Anna Romano Colonna, at Pollini Musical Conservatory of Padova with Ms. Christine Meyr and graduated from Tartini Musical Conservatory of Trieste and Venezze Musical Conservatory of Rovigo. I also studied Jazz piano at Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Music School of Bassano del Grappa with Mr. Marcello Tonolo, Jazz theory with Mr. Paolo Birro and music ensemble with Mr. Roberto Beggio.
I have worked as an arranger for BMG Recording Company and played Jazz, Latin and Pop music with world famous musicians such as Lee Konitz, Emil Richard, Enrica Bacchia, Francesco Bearzatti, Alberto Negroni, Enrico Granafei, Michelle Endrix, Mark Murphy, Ares Tavolazzi, Massimo Manzi, Bob Mover, David Boato, etc. In Italy I had a Jazz Trio with bassist Lello Gnesutta and drummer Luca Bortoluzzi. Since 1998, I have been living in Beijing, China and teaching Jazz piano at Beijing Contemporary Music Accademy. In 1999, I started my own Jazz Trio with Chinese bassist and guitarist Liu Yue and Japanese drummer Izumi Koga. In 2006, I started a new Jazz band with American singer Jessica Meider, Chinese bassist Da Zhong and Chinese drummer Bei Bei. In August 2007, I was invited to Japan and performed with the famous Japanese guitarist Yasutaka Yoshioka and his band "Guitar Moon".