Enrico Rava performed with his Tribe Quintet on the stage of the Folkclub in Turin, Italy, on a Saturday of a still warm October. In the intimate atmosphere of the venue, Rava offered an extraordinary performance with his band mates. His quintet features some of the best Italian musicians including Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Francesco Ponticelli, and Fabrizio Sferra a veteran drummer who has accompanied greats like Enrico Pieranunzi, Chet Baker, and Mal Waldron. The quintet performed original compositions for two plus hours and closed the concert with a rendition of the classical Cuban tune "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas."
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.