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SPARK – A celebration of Italian Jazz | EJBF

The Italian Institute of Culture is delighted to be working with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival,  Associazione I-Jazz and Associazione Fotografi Italiani di Jazz to bring to Scotland Italy’s finest young jazz musicians.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has a long-standing connection with jazz from Italy and in 2022 we are delighted to present six new generation Italian artists reflecting the state of health of Italian jazz.

The concerts have been programmed by I-Jazz who said “In recent years, more and more jazz bands are emerging in Italy. A thriving scene made up of young talents such as Federico Calcagno, Fabio Giachino, Sade Mangiaracina Ferdinando Romano and Francesco Zampini which illustrate the creativity and mix of jazz in Italy showcasing great stylistic, geographical and genre variety”.

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Sade Mangiaracina Trio

Led by the Italian pianist Sade Mangiaracina, this trio plays beautiful, beguiling music, blending classical music with European jazz and Mediterranean influences. Her music tonight has been inspired by the symbol of the struggle for human rights: Nelson Mandela. Mangiaracina is a major new discovery for subtlety, finesse and great touch and for a set of compelling compositions that draw audiences into the mesmeric atmospheres she creates.

Line up website only: Sade Mangiaracina (piano, Fender Rhodes); Marco Bardoscia (double bass, el bass); Gianluca Brugnano (drums)

Sunday 24th July 2022 | 20:30 | 90 min  | Assembly Roxy

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 Francesco Zampini Quintet – Unknown Path

The Italian guitarist has a big ambition with his music, and he seems to always pull it off. “A perfect synthesis between writing and improvisation, modern jazz tradition and the desire to discover new horizons” (All About Jazz). This vigorous quintet includes a fiery, solid and muscular rhythm section playing grand sweeping statements with long arching melodies from contemporary African-American jazz to hard bop.

Friday 22nd July 2022 | 21:00 | 120 min | Jazz Bar

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Ferdinando Romano Totem

Rich, lush and colorful contemporary jazz quintet ranging from ECM via post-bop to contemporary music. Italian bassist Ferdinando Romano employs complex grooves, Mediterranean rhythms and classical inflections all tied together with attention to the importance of melody.

Sunday 24th July 2022 | 18:00 | 90 min | Jazz Bar

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Federico Calcagno & the Dolphians

Along with Coltrane and Coleman, Eric Dolphy played a significant role in developing 1950s and 1960s avant garde jazz. Now, Italian clarinetist Federico Calgano leads a sextet refreshing Dolphy’s masterpiece ‘Out to Lunch’. Through collective interaction and respect they celebrate the Blue Note sounds from the 60s and continue Dolphy’s legacy with imagination, and creativity.

Saturday 23rd July 2022 | 16:00 | 60 min | Assembly Roxy

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This distinctive quintet fuse modern jazz, contemporary classical, progressive-rock, Indian Carnatic, and electronic music. Inspired by inspired by socio-political injustices, and led by Italian drummer and composer Francesca Remigi, their collective interplay is rhythmically complex with changing time signatures, expressive and improvisational blowing and haunting vocals.

Saturday 23rd July 2022 | 21:00 | 120 min | Jazz Bar

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Fabio Giachino, David Milligan & Norman Willmore

Virtouso pianist David Milligan and rising star saxophonist Norman Willmore share a crossover interest between traditional music and jazz. Milligan is “carelessly-gifted eclectic with but roots as deep in folk music as jazz”, whilst Willmore blends jazz with Scandinavian and Appalachian folk music. Italian pianist, Fabio Giachino opens the concert with a solo set, blending classical influences and electronic sounds with jazz improvisation.

Friday 22nd July 2022 | 17:00 | 90 min | Assembly Roxy

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In collaboration with Associazione I-Jazz,  Associazione Fotografi Italiani di Jazz and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

For futher information and tickets please visit Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

  • Organizzato da: IIC in Edinburgh, EJBF, I-JAZZ and AFIJ