Italian Jazz in New York
The latest generation includes Paolo Fresu (trumpet), Stefano Battaglia (piano) and Roberto Gatto (drums) and this March invasion will offer a remarkable panorama of what is going on in Italian jazz today. JazzItaliano - organized by Giampero Rubei and Regione Lazio - will present seven groups in seven locations. Italy's most prominent jazz drummer, Roberto Gatto, will head his quintet born in '97, featuring some of the most successful musicians of the Italian and European jazz scenes. Gatto's professional debut was in '75 with the Trio di Roma, and since then he has worked with his own groups as well as with many international artists. Trumpeter Fabio Morgera, already well-established in New York, will lead a quintet with the Italo-American pianist Pete Malinverni and renowned saxophonist and professor George Garzone, whom he first met in the late '80s as a student at Berklee. Turin trumpeters Flavio Boltro and Fabrizio Bosso will co-lead a Freddie Hubbard/ Lee Morgan tribute ensemble called Le Trombe del Re. One of the best Italian alto saxophonists, Rosario Giuliani, will bring his own highly acclaimed near-decade old group with its repertory of original compositions and rearranged standards. Pianist Riccardo Biseo and clarinetist Gianni Sanjust will feature special guest Marcello Rosa. Bassist Pippo Matino (from Napoli) and guitarist Andrea Braido (from Trento) are performing in their year-old duo with repertoire comprised of material by Jaco Pastorius and Wes Montgomery, as well as originals. To end the list of the first historic Italian jazz week is the trio of Fabrizio Sotti (a 12-year U.S. resident).
And though March 6th is the end of JazzItaliano, it is also the date of the debut of the young pianist/composer/virtuoso Giovanni Allevi at the Blue Note. Allevi will perform his soon to be released album for solo piano that is presently being recorded.
At Symphony Space on March 22nd, Enzo Capua (representative of Umbria Jazz in the States) presents Italian Women in Jazz with four internationally acclaimed female groups: Chiara Civello, Ada Rovatti, Patrizia Scascitelli and Elle in Tones. Called "the best jazz singer of her generation by Tony Bennett, Chiara Civello (from Rome) began singing professionally at the age of 16 and won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College in Boston. Ada Rovatti (born in Pavia) in '92 was awarded a scholarship at Umbria Jazz with a "Special Recognition for Outstanding Musicianship from Berklee College where she, too, studied for several years. In '97 she moved to New York and leads two groups. Patrizia Scascitelli (from Rome) is widely considered the best female jazz pianist since the '70s in Italy and the world. To conclude this jazz marathon is the U.S. debut of a new group from Turin, Elle in Tones, which will perform Ellington tunes in their own distinct way, featuring the polyphonic vocal quartet of Chiara Curtoni, Erika Sollo, Irene Rotondale and Valeria Benigni.
The month of March is a month to celebrate Italian jazz in New York!