Jazz Music – Tito Fontana

Press review of the 70s

Article appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (January 1972) by Bruno Schiozzi entitled "The Clan of the Fontaniani“, concerning the pianist and owner of the Studio 7 of Milan, Tito Fontana.

In 1958 the pianist Tito Fontana opens on the ground floor of a building in Corso Venezia 7 in Milan lo Studio 7. Equipped with the best equipment of the time, the Studio 7 It quickly became the point of reference for singers and ensembles of Italian jazz and pop music. In Tito Fontana's recording studio, records are recorded for the RCA, Ricordi labels and for the "History of music“, published by Fabbri Editori. Tito Fontana founded the label Dire (with the support of Giulio Confalonieri, a world-renowned Italian graphic designer, and his guitarist friend Alberto Rota), making recordings at Renato Sellani's studio in Milan, Giorgio Azzolini, Guido Manusardi, Franco Cerri, Giancarlo Barigozzi, Flavio Ambrosetti. During the day, recordings are made at Studio 7 while, in the evening, a large group of musicians and jazz enthusiasts gather to give life to real artistic meetings animated by jam sessions: in addition to Tito Fontana, Alberto Rota, Luigi Tonioli, Claudio Fasoli, Giorgio Azzolini, Marco Ratti, Carlo Milani, Maurizio Lama, Giorgio Buratti (also the drummers Tullio De Piscopo and Giancarlo Pillot in the following years take part in the formations of Tito Fontana).

In addition to the jazz musicians of the Milanese scene, the Studio 7 attracts personalities of Italian culture, simple listeners, actors and future promises of Italian pop music, such as Giorgio Gaber, Enzo Jannacci, Bruno Lauzi and Maria Monti.

Courtesy of the publisher of Musica Jazz

Contribution shared by Maurizio Giammarco

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