Gianni Insalata was born in Foggia in 1974, starts playing from an early age, encouraged by his father who played bass.
He began studying the drums by himself studying with courses and seminars.
In 1999 with the group "Art jazz quartet" is ranked second in the national competition "Baronissi Jazz Festival", with the jury Roberto Gatto and Giovanni Tommmaso.
In July 2003, won the international competition Barga Jazz, with the jury in the great saxophonist Lee Konitz. Since then he begins a series of collaborations with important Italian and international jazz musicians like Bob Mover, Tom Kirkpatrick, Max Ionata, Gregory Kile, Rory Hoffman, to name a few.
In this period comes several times in the recording studio with Italian jazz musicians and parallel also begins a busy teaching schedule, opening the "Drum School Studio" founded and directed by Gianni himself, which has become an important point of reference.
In 2006 he published, for the famous label Philology, the disc "At least you ...", by "Fòvea jazz project", a group led by insalata and Scannapieco brothers.
In 2012 he relased for another major label, Dodicilune, the first album under his own name, "Work in Progress", a quartet, winning the Awards 2012 in the category Greatest Jazzit of the magazine. With this record Gianni get great recognition and great reviews worldwide.
In 2013 he was voted as the best talents of Italian jazz magazine "Musica Jazz", in the famous "Top Jazz 2013", now in its thirty-first edition.
It 'was interviewed by major magazines such as: "Percussioni", "Ritmi", "Drumset Mag", "Jazzit", "Musica Jazz".
In 2015 his name is entered in the "Dictionary of Italian jazz" published by Feltrinelli by journalist, critic and writer Flavio Caprera. An important recognition for him, given the presence of many important jazz musicians, who have made the history of Italian jazz.
In the view of many critics, Gianni Insalata is one of the promising young jazz musicians in Italy.