Gegè Munari

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The drummer Gegè Munari, the photoGegè Munari was born in Fratta Maggiore in the province of Naples into a family of musicians: his father Tommaso was a double bass player and his brother Peter, drummer. At the beginning of the Sixties he moved to Rome, where he had the opportunity to come into contact with the Capitoline jazz scene: he played at the club "Il Clubino" in Via Lazio (crossroads of Via Veneto), with Franco D'Andrea, recently arrived from Bologna, and the clarinetist Gianni Sanjust, and at the "Purgatorio" (club housed in the underground part of the “Meo Patacca” restaurant in the Trastevere district), with D'Andrea himself, the trumpeter Enrico Rava, the Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri and the double bass players Gianni Foccià, Giovanni Tommaso and Bruno Tommaso.

The Neapolitan drummer participates in the disc in 1968 Stereokonitz, by the American saxophonist Lee Konitz, and accompanies various jazz musicians on the international scene: Johnny Griffin, Martial Solal, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker and Art Farmer.

Photo source: "Italy of Jazz" by Adriano Mazzoletti

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