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Astor Piazzolla

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, only child of Vicente “Nonino” Piazzolla and Asunta Mainetti. In 1925, the family relocates to New York City until 1936 with a brief return to Mar del Plata in 1930. In 1929, when Astor is 8 years old, his father gives him his first bandoneon which he had bought at a pawn shop for 19 dollars. Astor studies the bandoneon for one year with Andrés DÁquila and he makes his first record, Marionette Spagnol; a phonograph disk (non commercial) at the Radio Recording Studio in New York on 11/30/1931. In 1933 he studies with the Hungarian pianist Bela Wilda, disciple of Rachmaninov, and of whom Astor would later say “With him I learned to love Bach”

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires November 14-18, 2019 As the days flew by this past October, it was still impossible to pin down specifics for the upcoming annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. The dates of the event, which has historically taken place in mid-November, remained elusive. The ...

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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tangostinato: Via Della Gioia

Read "Via Della Gioia" reviewed by Jim Olin

Tangostinato is a music project with a one-of-a-kind approach to their sound and feel. Their most recent release, Via Della Gioia, stands out as a really stunning example of their workflow and creative vision. The opening track, “Oblivion," has a moody, atmospheric sound, creating a consistent build-up of beautiful textures as the different instruments' sounds keep ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Felipe Salles: The Lullaby Project

Read "The Lullaby Project" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nato a São Paulo, il compositore e bandleader Felipe Salles vive negli Stati Uniti dal 1995 e insegna dal 2010 all'università di Amherst, Massachusetts. Come molti brasiliani della sua generazione fonde i contenuti musicali assorbiti nell'infanzia con le molteplici influenze ricevute da adulto nell'attività professionale. Ha pubblicato già vari album, dimostrandosi artista eclettico che non ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniele di Bonaventura Band'Union: Garofani Rossi

Read "Garofani Rossi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco che raccoglie dieci tra le più celebri canzoni di lotta popolare provenienti dall'Europa e dall'America Latina, Garofani Rossi nasce per omaggiare la memoria di Mario Dondero (1928-2015), che la lotta popolare prima la condivise da giovane partigiano, poi la documentò nella sua lunga e apprezzata attività di fotografo. Dondero passò gli ultimi anni della sua ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra: Puertos: Music From International Waters

Read "Puertos: Music From International Waters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tango music was born in the late nineteenth century in the ports along the shore of the Rio de la Plata which flows to the ocean along the border between Argentina and Uruguay. A sound of the poorer locales, it was a melting-pot music, drawing from European, Native American, Spanish-Cuban, African and Argentinian folk music influences. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019 Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong Park Hong Kong September 22, 25-27 We've long been told that jazz is a world language, but regional dialects are becoming an increasingly louder part of the conversation. Sitting conceptually, if not geographically, on the nexus ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Giovanni Mirabassi Trio: Summer's Gone

Read "Summer's Gone" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Giovanni Mirabassi torna al classico trio, dopo il piano solo Live in Germany e i due lavori in cui il medesimo trio era affiancato da un'orchestra d'archi (Viva V.E.R.D.I., registrato in Corea del Sud) e ospitava il vibrafonista Stefon Harris (No Way Out). La formazione è la medesima, con Gianluca Renzi al contrabbasso e Lukmil Perez ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Jazz Heritage Radio Broadcasts 2019 Highpoint for USAF Airmen of Note

Read "Jazz Heritage Radio Broadcasts 2019 Highpoint for USAF Airmen of Note" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 You may be surprised to learn that one of the best big bands on the 2019 jazz circuit in made up of musicians who simultaneously serve in the US Air Force. But as you hear on their Jazz Heritage Series 2019 Radio Broadcasts with guest artists ...


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