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Stefano Bollani

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At the age of six, wanting to become a singer, Stefano Bollani would accompany himself on the family keyboard. A few years later, he recorded a cassette of himself singing and playing, which he sent to his idol Renato Carosone, along with a letter explaining his dream. Carosone replied advising him to listen to a lot of blues and jazz, and so Bollani did. His first record was the second volume of the jazz encyclopaedia published by Fratelli Fabbri. At age 11, he enrolled at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, where he received his diploma in piano in 1993. At age 15, he tread the boards professionally, playing mostly pop, at the same time studying under Luca Flores, Mauro Grossi, and Franco D'Andrea whose seminars he attended at Siena Jazz. In 1996, he met Enrico Rava at the Teatro Metastasio in Prato who immediately invited him to play in Paris with him: "You're young, you don't have a family

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Article: Record Label Profile

Jazz World Records: From Hong Kong with Love

Read "Jazz World Records: From Hong Kong with Love" reviewed by Rob Garratt


"I've had plenty of labels in the past--three or four, I can't remember--and I always swore I'd never do it again," begins Clarence Chang as he sits down to lunch. And yet here we are, chewing linguine and discussing the label he just founded, Jazz World Records. “The only true jazz label in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Costello Jazz Show, Part 2

Read "The Costello Jazz Show, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Certain musicians like to stick to a formula. Others, like Elvis Costello (featured today), continually reinvent themselves. Looking back at Costello's career, it seems like his sense of adventurous restlessness has been both the cause and the effect of his many high-profile collaborations, including those in the jazz world—from Michael Leonhart to Roy Nathanson, from the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, Second Half

Read "England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, Second Half" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second half of England-Italy, a jazz rematch [for the first half click here]. England and Italy have both championed jazz very early on, and they have been among the first European jazz scenes to develop a recognizable accent in how they speak the jazz language, light-heartedness and sense of humour being integral aspects ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lina Allemano, Benito Gonzalez, Stefano Bollani, Fredrik Nordström & More New Releases

Read "Lina Allemano, Benito Gonzalez, Stefano Bollani, Fredrik Nordström & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The extrovert pianism of Stefano Bollani and Benito Gonzalez opens this show, which then dives into recent Nordic and Eastern European jazz (Fredrik Nordström, Julia Karosi, JAF Trio), embraces the compelling melodicism of Roberto Spadoni, Chris Pattishall, Stefano Coppari, Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck, explores the music of two adventurous Canadians (Lina Allemano and Francois Houle), ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...

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Article: Interview

Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria

Read "Daniele Sepe, tra jazz, Zappa e la pirateria" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Non è la prima volta che su queste pagine intervistiamo Daniele Sepe; del resto il musicista partenopeo è saldamente sulla scena dai primi anni Novanta, sempre mescolando ogni genere musicale—dal folk alla classica, dal jazz a ogni “nuovo ritmo" affacciatosi sulla scena giovanile—e inventandosi spesso formazioni e spettacoli che vanno oltre la sola musica, attingendo al ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tenor Titans - Mark Turner Now

Read "Tenor Titans - Mark Turner Now" reviewed by Russell Perry


Tenor player Mark Turner is one of the few prominent players who identify tenor player Warne Marsh as an influence. Marsh was a student of pianist/composer Lennie Tristano, whose compositional influence can also be heard in Turner's work. Over the past 25 years, Turner has released a relatively small set of discs as a leader, with ...

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Article: Lyrics

La 23esima edizione di Jazz & Wine of Peace

Read "La 23esima edizione di Jazz & Wine of Peace" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


La pandemia e le misure precauzionali che ne sono conseguite non fermano il Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, festival giunto alla ventitreesima edizione che, come gli scorsi anni, porta il pubblico in alcune delle più apprezzate cantine della zona per coniugare musica e gastronomia, entrambe di altissimo livello. Ma se sui vini del Collio ...

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Article: Live Review

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXV Edizione

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXV Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Sant'Anna Arresi 31.8-6.9.2020 Trentacinque edizioni di festival sono un traguardo importante. Soprattutto per una manifestazione che si svolge in un piccolo paese del Sud Sardegna e che trasforma un angolo di periferia dell'impero, come amano dire gli organizzatori del festival, in una capitale delle musiche ...


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