As we continue our Discovery series-this week we will take a trip to Italy. Famous for many things from music, art, architecture and history; Italy is also home to some great jazz musicians. This wonderful country has embraced jazz in its various forms and is home to a number of clubs and jazz festivals. Many famous jazz musicians have come out of Italy (jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava was one of the first to come to my mind), but I wanted to focus on two young musicians and one of my favorite jazz pianists.
As with our past locations, the goal is to introduce you to 3 new musicians each week from different parts of the world. My hope is you will find some new discoveries, support them by buying their albums and by attending their concerts if you are in their area (or they in yours). Another benefit is for you to hear new musicians and how they approach their instrument and jazz. You never know where you might find your next favorite line!
Italy has some of the world’s greatest musicians playing at their jazz festivals every year. It seems like every major city in Italy hosts a major jazz festival. Take a look at the Italy Chronicles and you will see how many festivals they have had so far in 2013!
Like mentioned last week with Russia; Italy has been the home to a number of jazz musicians known and unknown. Hopefully the musicians below are people you will start checking out (if you have not already).
Dado Maroni– piano
Rosario Giuliani– sax
Mauro Gargano– bass
These are just a few of literally hundreds of great jazz musicians you can find in and/or from Italy. If you have checked out these musicians above, be sure to check out their websites and albums to support them. I would also highly encourage you to look up other great Italian musicians and see what this great country has to offer in terms of Jazz.