Broadcast "Jazz in Italy" - Music Inn

70s Movies and Audio

Video extracted from the RAI broadcast "Jazz in Italia" (1975)

In the first part the guitarist and presenter Franco Cerri and the music critic Franco Fayenz interview the founder of the Music Inn Pepito Pignatelli (accompanied by his wife Picchi). The film was made in the second season of the Music Inn (1974-1975), during which the Roman venue was establishing itself internationally. Furthermore, in that period the Music Inn quickly became a breeding ground for young jazz musicians who had the opportunity "to be in human contact" with the giants of African-American jazz passing through Rome.

In the second part of the video, the concert at the Music Inn by the Mario Schiano sextet.

Mario Schiano: alto sax
Riccardo Onofri: piano
Giampaolo Ascolese: drums
Riccardo Romei: double bass
Giancarlo Maurino: soprano sax
Gaetano Delfini: trumpet

Important exponent of Italian jazz since the early 1960s, Mario Schiano evokes with his formations the joyful and at times burlesque emphasis of the funerals of New Orleans; characters that stand as the cornerstone of the development of an urban free jazz, deeply rooted in the concrete of the Roman suburbs, where the Neapolitan saxophonist often performs in provocative shows and never seeks easy consensus. In 1966 he founded the "Roman Free Jazz Group" with the trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini, the double bass player Marcello Melis and the drummer Franco Pecori. With the latter and the double bass player Bruno Tommaso, Mario Schiano recorded his first album in 1970 entitled "If not Ecstatic we Refound”.

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