Among the figures linked to the American jazz scene who frequented Italy in the mid-Seventies, one stands out for his eclecticism and instrumental invective, the composer and clarinettist Bill Smith. As in the case of other American exponents, Bill Smith, from the end of the 1950s, went to Italy on several occasions, even staying there for long periods. In his past, the American clarinetist had in 1945 followed the prestigious courses at the Juilliard School in New York, studied together with the pianist Dave Brubeck at Mill's College as a student of the French composer Darius Milhaud; he had joined the Californian pianist's quartet at the same time, with whom he recorded his first album at the end of the 1940s. In the early 1950s he recorded in Los Angeles with vibraphonist Red Norvo and drummer Shelly Manne. A few years later, in 1957, he was awarded the Prix de Rome and stayed in the capital at the American Academy. He plays with trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo…
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