Nunzio Rotondo

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One of the most important exponents in the history of Italian jazz, trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo began playing the trumpet at the age of nine to later enroll at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Between the end of the 1940s and the beginning of the 1950s, together with the saxophonist Marcello Boschi, he formed the stable sextet of the hot club in Rome, which included the saxophonist Franco Raffaelli, the pianist Ettore Crisostomi, the guitarist Carlo Pes, the double bass player Carlo Loffredo and the drummer Gil Cuppini. Training is invited by Charles Delaunay to participate in the Jazz Fair in Paris in 1952. He also collaborates with musicians from the Turin and Milan jazz scene playing at the Swing Club with saxophonist Gianni Basso, pianists Franco Mondini e Peter Angela (Piero Angela), the trumpeters Oscar Valdambrini and Nini Culasso.

In those years Nunzio Rotondo embraced the jazz expression of the new movement be-bop, differing from most of the jazzmen of the time, close to dixieland and allo swing. Between 1950 and 1954, with different formations, he recorded numerous records and held as many concerts. From the end of the 1950s until the 1980s, he dedicated himself to radio and television activity in the RAI studios. In the context of public service radio broadcasts, in addition to that of trumpeter and leader of formations of four or five elements, he plays the role of attentive and brilliant disseminator of the history of jazz and its protagonists, with critical annotations regarding the pieces performed by the I live (in 1958 he leads the program "Appointment with Nunzio Rotondo"). In 1954 she recorded a record for the series "Italian Jazz Stars“, licensed by the Columbia label, accompanied by the pianist Romano Mussolini, the double bass player Roberto Nicolosi and Gil Cuppini.

In 1959 he made his last studio recording in his own name, before moving onto the radio, accompanied by various musicians, including the pianist Franco D'Andrea and the Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri. In the early seventies he forms a group formed by Franco D' Andrea, the double bass player Giovanni Tommaso and the drummer Bruno Biriaco. He collaborates with the composer and conductor, Piero Umiliani, to the creation of soundtracks, including the one for the film "A Sentimental Attempt” (1963), directed by directors Pasquale Festa Campanile and Massimo Franciosa.

Essential discography: Romano Mussolini With Nunzio Rotondo and Lilian Terry (1958 – RCA Italiana), The Artistry Of Nunzio Rotondo (1959 – Music), Sound And Silence (2005 – Twilight Music), The Legend (2007 – Twilight Music)

Jazz in Italy I

Album from the series “The greats of Jazz – Il Jazz in Italia I” (with file edited by the music critic Arrigo Polillo). Between 1979 and 1983, Fabbri Editori published the history of Jazz in installments for sale on newsstands, with vinyl attached. The album contains the songs: China Boy (Three Niggers of Broadway),...

The Artistry of Nunzio Rotondo

Album dal titolo “The Artistry of Nunzio Rotondo” del trombettista Nunzio Rotondo. Il disco viene registrato il 26 marzo e il 29 aprile del 1959 e pubblicato dall’etichetta Music Nunzio Rotondo: tromba/Romano Mussolini: pianoforte/Franco Cerri: contrabbasso/Gil Cuppini: batteria Tra la fine degli anni Quaranta e gli inizi degli anni Cinquanta, si affermano sulla scena jazzistica...

Jazz Music – Nunzio Rotondo

Article appeared in the magazine Musica Jazz (July 1970) by Roberto Capasso entitled "La sphinx Rotondo" Nunzio Rotondo in the second half of the forties began playing in the first formations of the hot club in Rome in swing style, to then discover the be bop of Miles Davis, Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie. After playing in duo with...

RAI studios – Nunzio Rotondo

In the photo (by Riccardo Schwamenthal) trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo in the RAI Studios in Via Asiago 10 in Rome. In the early 1960s, Nunzio Rotondo, one of the most important exponents in the history of Italian jazz, devoted himself to radio activity in the RAI Studios in Via Asiago 10 in Rome. The training that accompanies it…

Soundtrack - A Sentimental Attempt

Soundtrack by Piero Piccioni of the film "Un Tentativo Sentimentale" (1963), directed by the directors Pasquale Festa Campanile and Massimo Franciosa For the recording of the soundtrack of the film "Un Tentativo Sentimentale" the composer Piero Piccioni makes use of the collaboration of the Roman trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo Piero Piccioni: organ and piano/Nunzio Rotondo: trumpet/Franco Chiari: vibraphone External links:...

Il Giornale d’Italia - Rome like New Orleans

Article (by Domenico Pertica) entitled “Rome as New Orleans” appeared in the newspaper “Il Giornale d'Italia” (29 November 1975) The article contains the testimonies of Pepito Pignatelli, owner of the Music Inn jazz club in Rome, and of his wife Picchi and some young visitors and musicians in "blue jeans". Several of these are found...

Nunzio Rotondo - The Legend

Album entitled "Nunzio Rotondo - The Legend" (compilation published by the Twilight Music label in 2007) containing the live performance of Nunzio Rotondo's formation from the Rai radio studios in Via Asiago 10 in March 1963. The trumpeter's quartet was formed by Franco D'Andrea (piano), Maurizio Majorana (double bass), Roberto Podio (drums). I am...

Umbria Jazz - Nunzio Rotondo

Nella foto il gruppo di Nunzio Rotondo – tra i padri del jazz italiano – ad Umbria Jazz nel 1983. Nella formazione del trombettista romano erano presenti: Franco D’Andrea (pianoforte), Eddy Palermo (chitarra), Enzo Pietropaoli (basso elettrico), Giampaolo Ascolese (batteria) Contributo condiviso da Enzo Pietropaoli Collegamenti esterni: Ah-Leu-Cha – Nunzio Rotondo & Gato Barbieri Move...

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