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Stefano di Battista

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For many jazz fans, Stefano Di Battista will always be associated with the city of Paris, where he became a regular performer at The Sunset in the mid-1990s. From there, the alto and soprano saxophonist became a valuable sideman (to the late piano great Michel Petrucciani and later, drummer Elvin Jones) before launching his own solo career. On Round About Roma, his third date for Blue Note, Di Battista keeps the lush romance of the City of Lights alive and well while taking us back to the music of Rome, his beloved birthplace, where his journey on the sax began at age 13. "This album is a story about Rome and its history, with every song featuring a unique point of view about the city’s life," he says

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Article: Play This!

Stefano Di Battista: La Vita è Bella

Read "Stefano Di Battista: La Vita è Bella" reviewed by Scott Lichtman


"La vita è bella" ("life is beautiful" in Italian) is one tune whose title truly captures its essence. Alto saxophonist Stefano Di Battista leads his quintet through this peppy, hummable bebop piece, a remake of the movie theme of the same name. As the drummer's brushwork flies by at 160bpm, Di Battista and trumpeter Matteo Cutello ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Dom Omladine / MTS Dvorana Belgrade, SerbiaOctober 24-29, 2023 Following the financial turbulence of 2022's Belgrade Jazz Festival, this year's edition, the 39th, resounded with a sturdier sureness, getting back to a confident momentum. Its programme was as reliably impressive as ever, particularly in the quality of its international bookings. We ...

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Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

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Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...

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Perfect Journey

Label: Via Veneto Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Algo Azur; Crazy; DeeP; Angel Eyes; El Negro Chino; Paint The Picture; Perfect Journey; Now.. Then; What's Up; Zero Gravity; You're My Thrill; September; Caruso; Lazy Nina;

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Erika Dohi, Moby, Wildflower, Hasan Ibn Ali & Other New Releases

Read "Erika Dohi, Moby, Wildflower, Hasan Ibn Ali & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Tributes, pianists, and tributes to pianists are the core of this show, from homages to Paul Jackson by John Patitucci, Ennio Morricone by Stefano Di Battista, Alice Coltrane by Il Sogno, and Hasan Ibn Ali by Brian Marsella to available-at-last music by Ali himself and by British pianist Mike Taylor, both as leader and composer for ...

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Forma e Poesia nel Jazz 2019

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XXII Forma e Poesia nel Jazz Exma Cagliari 26-29.9.2019 La passione e la tenacia di Nicola Spiga hanno condotto il festival cagliaritano Forma e Poesia nel Jazz fino alla ventiduesima edizione: traguardo ragguardevole per un'iniziativa che si regge sulle forze di un piccolo nucleo di persone. Quest'anno il festival ha ...

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Sipario sul Torino Jazz Festival 2019

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Torino, varie sedi 3-4.05.2019 Un assaggio del Torino Jazz Festival, partecipando solo alle due giornate conclusive, ha permesso di prendere atto di una delle scelte programmatiche, e cioè la volontà di portare alla ribalta musicisti torinesi di varie generazioni e notorietà, facendoli spesso interagire con ospiti internazionali. Non a caso anche i due ...

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina November 14-19, 2018 Over the course of its 11-year history, the annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival has taken Monk's “Straight, No Chaser" creed to heart. When it comes to programming, few festivals in the world can match the Argentine event for its choice ...

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Merano Jazz 2018

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Kursaal, Teatro Kimm Merano 10-15.07.2018 Il primo che soffia sulle ventidue candeline di Merano Jazz è Pat Metheny, che con il suo quartetto apre la sezione concertistica di un festival caratterizzato pure da una prestigiosa sezione didattica: l'Accademia Mitteleuropea, diretta da Franco D'Andrea ed Ewald Kontschieder, giunta quest'anno alla diciassettesima ...


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