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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”

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Lana Meets Jazz - XI Edizione

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Lana Meets Jazz--XI Edizione Lana Meets Jazz Lana (BZ) 13--18.6.2023 Un bell'esempio di piccolo festival. È questa, in sintesi, l'essenza del Lana Meets Jazz. Nel corso degli anni, siamo ormai all'undicesima edizione, gli organizzatori Helga Plankensteiner e Michael Lösch hanno infatti saputo dare a questa manifestazione una connotazione chiara e precisa, ...


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Take Five With Violinist Jeremy Cohen

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Meet Jeremy Cohen Jeremy Cohen comes from a family of five musicians. Classically-trained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen's eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including ...


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Dave Bass: The Trio Vol. 3

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The life of any jazz musician is precarious and the road to that life is often compromised by unexpected misadventures. Just ask pianist Dave Bass. After completing piano studies with renowned teacher Madame Margaret Chaloff, and composition with George Russell, he began playing firstly around San Francisco but subsequently moved to Southern California. One day on ...


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Dave Bass: The Trio, Vol. 3

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For its third installment, pianist Dave Bass' regular working group has produced another worthwhile document drawing on Bass' many influences, and showing that he also has plenty of his own creativity to offer. Once again accompanied by bassist Kerry Kashiwagi and drummer Scott Gordon, and a few cameos from guitarist Barry Finnerty, the pianist proves his ...


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Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum

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In memory of the venerable Ahmad Jamal. This article was first published on All About Jazz on July 6, 2010. Ahmad Jamal, possibly the most influential of living jazz pianists, turned 80 years young on July 2, 2010. It is however, business as usual and instead of celebrating at home in his slippers, Jamal ...

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Europa / America del Sud

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I Concerti di Musica Insieme 2022—2023 Violoncelli dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Giuliana Gianfaldoni soprano Kian Soltani violoncello Teatro Manzoni Bologna 16.1.23 Nei programmi di sala delle varie stagioni concertistiche non è insolito trovarsi di fronte a un confronto, più o meno conciliante o stridente, fra Europa e America. ...


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Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music

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Emilio Solla is an Argentinian, New York-based pianist and composer who mixes classical, jazz, and tango idioms. He has received two Grammy nominations and won a Latin Grammy Award for Puertos: Music From International Waters (Avantango Records, 2019). He has recorded eleven albums as a bandleader and more than forty music projects in different capacities.


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Ben Thomas: Eternal Aporia

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For some people, tango means the dance with a stereotypical red rose between the teeth. For Ben Thomas, a percussionist and bandoneonist from Seattle, tango is much more than that: it has been an important part of his life for at least fifteen years before the 2022 release of Eternal Aporia. The album includes twelve of ...

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Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

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Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice


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