Dario Deidda


Dario Deidda has been one of the very first artists joining the Markbass family in 2001, when the brand was a newborn in the business.

Dario actually purchased a Parsek bass head a few years before – in ’99 – to go on tour with Pino Daniele and Pino himself was really satisfied by that amp tone and definition. It was one of the very first creations by Marco De Virgiliis.

Endorsed for many years also by R. Cocco Strings, Dario Deidda not only is one of the best bass and upright bass players in the world, he’s also a 360° musician, a real phenomenon whose talent is recognized worldwide. He won the “Best Bass Player” Jazzit Award 7 times in a row.

He boasts many collaborations with many Italian artists like Pino Daniele, Gegè Telesforo, Fiorella Mannoia, Carmen Consoli, Marina Rei, Laura Pausini, Elisa, Max Gazzè, Niccolò Fabi, Samuele Bersani, Alex Britti, Luca Carboni and also many international jazz artists like James Moody, George Coleman, Kirk Lightsey, Mulgrew Miller, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carl Anderson…just to name a few.

Dario and Marco have always respected each other and they met a few months ago at Markbass HQ where Dario had the chance to try some new 2019 products. He confessed it wasn’t excited that way by an amp for so many years and he wasn’t able to stop playing it. For those, like Marco, knowing Dario’s character very well, you know he’s a pretty straightforward person, not saying free or circumstances compliments… so they decided to create a new amp in the Gold series with a dedicated cabinet to enhance his playing, so classy and at the same time incredibly groovy and full of feeling.

Dario Deidda was born in Italy, in Salerno, in 1968. He comes from a family which has always considered music to be an important part of life; firstly, his paternal grandparents, then his parents who were both pianists and finally Dario and his brothers, Alfonso and Sandro.

Dario began to play the drums at the age of 6 but soon fell in love with the double-bass and began to take his music studies seriously. He graduated from the Conservatory having studied the double-bass but broadened his musical knowledge by studying the electric bass and the piano. He describes himself as being an “all-round” musician but jazz is at the heart of his musical world. Dario is a connoisseur of traditional jazz and American songbooks, extending his expertise to embrace more contemporary jazz trends.

Despite his great love of the double-bass, it is when he plays the electric bass that Dario’s unique style becomes evident, leading to widespread acknowledgment of this instrument which is rarely appreciated in jazz. In recent years, Dario has mainly used acoustic and semi-acoustic instruments in his search for a truly unique sound.

He currently works as a free-lance musician and teacher both in Italy and around the world, combining his teaching role and that of playing the bass in the prestigious Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio and Quintet.

Main Italian collaborations: M. Giammarco, U. Fiorentino, R. Gatto, D. Rea, P. Fresu, E. Rava, M. DeVito, P. Condorelli, A. Onorato, A. Salis, S. Bonafede, F. Zeppetella, J. Girotto, M. Urbani, S. Di Battista, E. Pieranunzi, G.Telesforo, R. Giuliani, F. Boltro, F. D’Andrea, A.Golino, T. De Piscopo and others are equally important!

With U.S. and European artists: M.Miller, G.Garzone. J.Bergonzi, G.Coleman, B.Golson, K.Lightsey, T.Harrell, M.Petrucciani, J.Moody, K. Rosenwinkel, D.Liebman, S.Grossman, J.Como, P.Sery, P .Erskine, F. Ambrosetti, Gil Evans Orchestra, L.Soloff, A.Sipiagin, J.Tain Watts, C.Stubblfield, L.Donaldson, B.Sidran, M.Garrison, C.Anderson, B.Lagrene, R. Brecker, B. Hart, D. Stryker, P.Bernstein, G. Hutchinson, A. Goldberg, L. Leathers, and others.!

Dario Deidda has featured as a sideman and recorded over 60 CDs with the above-mentioned musicians. In 2003, he recorded the CD “3 From the Ghetto”, the first released under his name, with Julian O. Mazzariello and Stephane Huchard, produced by GeGè Telesforo for Go Jazz. Guests included S. Di Battista. Dario played in first solo album for Go Jazz by Clyde Stubbfield, James Brown’s original funky drummer (U.S.A.).

He has collaborated with top Italian pop artists of international fame. From 1998 to 2003 Dario played on tour with Carl Anderson (he was Judas in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”).

In 1999, he went on tour and played with Pino Daniele. From 2003 to 2007 he was Fiorella Mannoia’s bass player, featuring in 4 CDs and 2 live video concerts.

Dario has held numerous music clinics throughout Italy and around the world on bass techniques and jazz improvisation in music schools, conservatories and universities.

Since 2004 he has taught jazz electric bass at the Conservatory of Salerno. His clinic at the Berkley School in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2006 was a remarkable success.

In 2017, Dario Deidda records “My Favourite Strings vol.1”, produced by GeGè Telesforo for GrooveMasterEdition.




After a very successful Namm Show in Anaheim where we introduced many new exciting products, we have another great news to share regarding the amazing Dario Deidda who we are pleased to have back into our Markbass family!