and its jazz
Don’t Mean A Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing
title by Duke Ellington, 1932)
plays an upright black piano at
the bottom of a vaulted hall showing its chords and quickly moving hammers.
The great but wiggly double-bass is embraced by Stefano
Nunzi and can be outlined
from the colours of the canvas in the background, a work of art by Mirco
Marinozzi, of the ContempoPreziotti artistic movement.
It depicts a black shadow that stretches on a white area full of light
surrounded by vortexes of colour ranging from maroon to darker shades. Andrea
Nunzi, at the drums, always plays a part in the melodic speech
with a strong or pensive and soft drumming to accompany Silvia Manco sweet
trio performed at the closing night of “Guess who is playing at
dinner”, at 180°gradi
They are not a permanent group, but a long lasting friendship and artistic
collaborations among young people contributes to create a fluid interplay,
that is involving and felt by the audience. “Il
feeling is also given by our similar” Silvia
“jazz is a common language... it is like talking with people we have
known all our lives, we immediatly understand each other”.
Manco comes from Salerno. She has been introduced to music by her
father, a pianobar musician. Her passion for jazz brought her away from
her home town to look for a more stimulating and favourable environment,
more than 10 years ago.
“This is why I got to Rome to have my chance”. She has been
successful. Nowadays she is a highly esteemed musician and singer and she
works with the best jazz player of the moment.
She also composes music melting the American tradition with the bossa nova
sound and Mediterranean nuances.
met Andrea e Stefano in Rome. They had moved there from Fermo for jazz.
They had gone through rock, Andrea as a drummer, his brother, first as a
guitar player and then as a double-bass player (he got a graduation at
G.Rossini Music School in Fermo in 1998).
They then discovered the energy of jazz and fell in love with it. Their
love was fuelled by some old disks and a friend of theirs
are now on the scenes of the contemporary jazz with important
collaborations and projects. They perform in theatres, national and
They play in several places all around Italy, with their own groups or
with high talented colleagues. An example is the trio that enchanted the
audience at 180°gradi
repertoire they played in the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant on a night
at the end of July was mainly concentrated on three areas. It included
traditional jazz, but also original compositions by the leader of the
group, Silvia Manco, some of those that are written in Italian (“Rito
Pagano” and “Stringimi Stringimi Forte”) are part of her
debut album “Big
city is for me”
Club Records – Rome January 2007.
The passion of the piano player for Brazilian music melts then with bossa
nova rhythms and Latino American musicality. The fluid dialogue is
beautifully rhythm by the Nunzi brothers.
enchanted by a sweet voice, the guests at 180° gradi discover the
flavours of creative dishes, carefully prepared with original recipes. The
explosive energy that comes from the drum and double-bass solos makes the
people at dinner stop eating and get involved by the music and what it has
is that swing that captures “that energy that grows” Stefano Nunzi says
“because it is the swing the magic and music of blues...”
for Paradise Possible