Franco Cerri (born 19 January 1926, Milan, Italy) is an Italian jazz guitarist and bass player.
Franco Cerri is not only one of the world's most popular and most authoritative Italian guitarists, but is also one of the most important stylists in the European jazz world. He began his long and prolific career in 1945 with [a520888] and in 1949 he accompanied [a253481]. In the 1950's he worked with notable jazz musicians including [a31617], [a37733], [a33589] and [a259092]. He also led modern jazz quartet or quintet and became a leader in the Italian and European jazz world. On 1 January 2006, he was named "Commendatore della Repubblica" (official title awarded for service to Italy) by President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Father of [a297667].