Bassist, guitarist, composer and arranger. Second level Academic Diploma in Musical Disciplines with an interpretative-compositional orientation – Jazz at the “Pietro Mascagni” Higher Institute of Music Studies in Livorno with the highest marks.
On July 5, 2021, on the occasion of the Accademia Chigiana International Festival 2021, he is solo electric bassist in the Italian premiere of “Music for Ensemble and Orchestra” by the New York composer Steve Reich with the Tuscan Regional Orchestra and Giuseppe Ettorre (double bass soloist). Dir. Daniele Rustioni.
In 2018 with the Glenn Ferris Italian Quintet he published the CD “Animal Love” for Improvvisatore Involontario.
“This record is wonderful. It looks like it came out of a Jarmush movie… ”(Radio Ros Brera).
“Improvvisatore Involontario publishes the exciting Animal Love of the Glenn Ferris Italian Quintet. The American trombonist together with the clarinetist M. Mariottini, the guitarist G. Stracciati, the bassist F. Fabbrini and the drummer P.Corsi, realizes a record of unusual beauty “(Gianluca Diana,” Alias ”Il Manifesto)
In 2013 with Michael Blake on tenor sax, Alessandro Giachero on piano and Francesco Petreni on drums he created the CD “At the fortess”, a project of original compositions that blends tradition with modern jazz, in which different experiences create a single, extremely varied and with a strong emotional impact.
Many projects have arisen from the multi-year collaboration with the guitarist Roberto Nannetti, including the “Quartetto Acustico Latino” with which in 1998 he made the CD “L’uomo che canta” and subsequently embarked on a long series of concerts in Italy and Europe.
“There are more and more musicians born and raised in Italy who, after a long period of frequentation of the more orthodox jazz language, feel the desire to find their own expressive identity in which jazz and music from other traditions can meet and mix to give life to something closer to our aesthetics. It is no coincidence, for example, that here many of us have dedicated themselves to the study of the South American musical tradition in its various forms, precisely because of the presence in it of melodic and rhythmic elements that are closer to and similar to our Latin and Mediterranean sensibility. .
The man who sings of the Latin Acoustic Quartet represents one of the most significant works created in this sense “(www.acoustic-music.de).
With Roberto Nannetti he takes part in other important projects including the “egg project” from which the CD “Urla” and a series of concerts in Europe and Turkey will emerge.
Another important collaboration is with Klaus Lessmann, a Bavarian saxophonist with whom he will share many experiences. With Lessmann in M.Picchiò 4tet, in 1989 he made the LP “Biri San” for Splasc (h) and performed at the Morlacchi Theater in Perugia as part of the Umbria Jazz Festival 1989. With the Siena Jazz Big Band (with guests illustrious such as Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Marco Tamburini, Barbara Casini, Renato Chicco, John Ramsey) released the album “Abstrutions” in 2003. Finally in 2017 he records “Euphonics Sounds” dedicated to Scott Joplin’s music rearranged by the Bavarian maestro and presented at “Jazz Visions 2018” in Osasco (CN).
He is the leader of the “Franco Fabbrini Quartet” with Maurizio Giammarco on sax, Roberto Rossi on trombone and Francesco Petreni on drums and the “Franco Fabbrini Trio” with Matteo Addabbo on piano and Andrea Beninati on drums.
In addition to his jazz activity, he works as songwriting and as a composer of music for theater.