Enrico Pieranunzi/Lorraine Gordon

2000s Stock Photo

In the photo the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with Lorraine Gordon at the Village Vanguard in New York

Towards the end of 2009, the drummer Paul Motian contact Enrico Pieranunzi to propose organizing a week of concerts to be held the following year Village Vanguard of New York, together with the double bass player Marc Johnson.

In July 2010, while the two were in the dressing room together with Lorraine Gordon, owner of the jazz club, before the concert, the pianist was surprised to discover that the real inspiration behind that email was her; some time before she had heard a song by Pieranunzi taken from the album on a New York radio Plays Scarlatti and, having been favorably impressed by the pianist's performance, she asked Paul Motian to contact him. The drummer, however, had had difficulty understanding who Lorraine Gordon was talking about, given that she, having overheard the announcement of the pianist's surname on the radio, reported it as "Petrosino". When Motian, after some time, managed to connect that surname to the Roman pianist, he immediately wrote him the email as the owner of the Vanguard had expressly asked him to do.

Use: Lorraine Gordon, passionate about jazz since adolescence, married the founder, together with Frank Wolf, of the Blue Note Records label in 1942. In 1949 she married again Max Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard in New York. The club quickly became the point of reference for the American jazz scene of the 1950s. The artistic direction of the Village Vanguard is promoted and led by Max Gordon together with his wife. In the aftermath of Max Gordon's death in 1989, Lorraine Gordon took over the ownership and management of the New York club, maintaining a concert offering dedicated to high-profile jazz, in continuity with the work carried out in previous years by her husband. Lorraine Gordon, defined by Enrico Pieranunzi as "the Peggy Guggenheim of Jazz", passed away in June 2018.

by double bass player Bruno Tommaso

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