Armando Trovajoli

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The pianist, composer and conductor Armando Trovajoli graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome in 1948. In a short time he shines as a pianist on the music circuit night club of Rome, alternating jazz with pieces of pop music. In 1949 he was chosen by the music critic Arrigo Chicken to participate in the Paris Jazz Festival organized by Charles Delaunay at Pleyel Hall of the French capital. For the occasion Trovajoli performs in a trio with Gorni Kramer on double bass and Gilberto Cuppini to the battery. The concert marks the beginning of a brilliant musical career for the pianist which will see him divide his time between jazz, Italian pop music, composition and creation of music for films and theatrical comedies.

In the early fifties he achieved success with radio broadcasting Eclipse, which sees it alternating with Piero Piccioni conducting a jazz orchestra. The broadcast presents for the first time in Italy a jazz performance performed by a string ensemble made up of 14 elements. Following the excellent results achieved with the Italian public, Rai was convinced to choose him as director of the Light Music Orchestra of the Italian radio and television. During the summer season the orchestra moves to the "Shed" of Forte dei Marmi, a famous fashionable venue where the Roman pianist had performed years earlier with the Jazz Orchestra. The performances created by Armando Trovajoli with his orchestra at Sala A in Via Asiago are published on various albums, including the one entitled The Beat Generation. The pianist held the role of director of the Rai Orchestra until 1960.

From that year onwards Armando Trovajoli dedicated himself to composing soundtracks for cinema and music for theatrical comedies. He collaborates with important Italian directors: Vittorio De Sica, Dino Risi, Luigi Magni, Ettore Scola.

Essential discography: Trovajoli Jazz Piano (1959 – RCA Italiana), The Beat Generation (1960 – RCA), Ieri Oggi Domani (1963 – CAM)

Italian jazz musicians in Paris

Intorno alla metà degli anni Trenta alcuni giovani appassionati di jazz francesi, Charles Delaunay, Pierre Nourry e Hughes Panassié sono impegnati nell’organizzazione e gestione dell’Hot Club de France, associazione dedicata alla divulgazione e sponsorizzazione di questo genere musicale nella capitale transalpina. La band principe dell’associazione, il Quintet du Hot Club de France, è capitanata da...

Homage to Armando Trovajoli

Album entitled Homage to Armando Trovajoli by Dino and Franco Piana Jazz Orchestra. The album was recorded at the Casa del Jazz in Rome on 03.20.2008. The album represents a tribute from the trombonist Dino Piana and the trumpeter, arranger and conductor Franco Piana to Armando Trovajoli. Director of the Rai Orchestra until 1960, the...

Jazz and Italian Cinema – Armando Trovajoli

In 1949 the organizer of the Paris Jazz Festival, Charles Delaunay, asked the critic Arrigo Polillo to choose just one Italian jazz musician to put on the bill together with names of the caliber of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Max Roach. After consulting some friends, Polillo's choice fell on a young pianist who was starting...

Armando Trovajoli - RAI Orchestra

In the photo Armando Trovajoli at the historic venue in Forte dei Marmi (Lucca) “La Capannina”. In 1949 the young pianist Armando Trovajoli was called, thanks to the intercession of Arrigo Polillo, to participate in the Jazz Festival, organized by the music critic and impresario Charles Delaunay, at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The French event included among the important guests...

Light Music Orchestra by Armando Trovajoli

In the photo (by Umberto Santucci) some members of the RAI Light Music Orchestra directed by the Roman pianist Armando Trovajoli in concert at Radio Rai: (from left) Franco D'Andrea, Giorgio Azzolini, Gilberto Cuppini, Eraldo Volontè, Gianni Basso, Sergio Fanni, Oscar Valdambrini and Dino Piana. Contribution extracted from the book “L'Italia del Jazz” by Adriano Mazzoletti. External links:...

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