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Rossano Sportiello

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Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy on 1 June 1974. He began studying piano at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Italian classical pianist Carlo Villa and continued until his graduation in classical piano from the Conservatory in 1996. At 16, he was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, and in 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang” touring with the group throughout Italy and West Europe until the end of 2000. That same year, Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry

Read "A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Henry Robinett Quartet, Wayne Alpern and Rossano Sportiello with birthday shoutouts to Jocelyn Michelle, Bob Mintzer, Peter Eldridge, Barbara Carroll, Susan Tobocman, Etta James and Ed Reed. Also remembering the great vocalist and educator Janet Lawson plus a jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of the release of Carole ...

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Article: Interview

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May


Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

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That's It

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; She Is There; Stars Fell On Alabama; Song For Emily; ; Guilty; ; Fine and Dandy; I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night; That's It!; Take, O Take Those Lips Away; Someone To Watch Over Me; Nonno Bob's Delight; How Do You Keep The Music Playing; Thou Swell; Medley: A) Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; B) Prelude N. 1 In C Major, BWV 846; Ain't Cha Glad?; The Sheik Of Araby; Tomorrow, It Will Be Bright With You.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bassisterhood - Part 1

Read "Bassisterhood - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


All around the world, there is a bassisterhood that is rapidly expanding and claiming its rigthful place on the jazz scene. This week we'll focus on the queens of the low-end and the fascinating bands and projects they lead.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Noriko ...

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Article: Live Review

Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner

Read "Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Harry Allen with Rossano Sportiello The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SCJanuary 10-11, 2019 At a certain point in a musician's career the shorthand of describing them as influenced by, or sounding like, this or that great player from the past becomes redundant--Harry Allen sounds like Harry Allen. His ...

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Six on Cellar Live

Read "Six on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

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Article: Album Review

The Scott Hamilton Trio: Live at Pyatt Hall

Read "Live at Pyatt Hall" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even though the Swing Era vanished long ago into the mists of time, likely never to return, it continues to have its champions, especially on the tenor saxophone: masters such as Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Grant Stewart, Cory Weeds (who owns the Cellar Live label and produced this splendid album) and last but by no means ...

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Article: Live Review

Rossano Sportiello Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Rossano Sportiello Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC December 22, 2017 Rossano Sportiello from Milan showed the elegance and deft touch of a concert pianist Friday, December 22nd at the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. He plays softly, modulating the volume only when the piece ...

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Article: Album Review

Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band: The Candy Men

Read "The Candy Men" reviewed by Jack Bowers


At times, there is something to be said for glancing backward while moving forward, for saluting the past while embracing the present. In 1973, the Carpenters recorded another in a long series of hit songs, “Yesterday Once More," which noted how the past often parallels the present. Sometimes revisiting bygone days is a good thing; at ...


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