Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Canada’s Premiere Jazz Station

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 aprile 2009

Toronto May 21, 2009 – 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Old Mill Inn – 21 a full-course Dinner created especially for your dining pleasure… featured Wines by Churchill Cellars…valuable Raffle Prizes…  and non-stop entertainment starring the biggest names  on the International Jazz Party circuit…Saxophonists Harry Allen and Jim Galloway,  Italian piano sensation Rossano Sportiello Cornetist Warren Vache and trumpeter Kevin Turcotte,  Trombonist Alastair Kay, guitarist Lorne Lofsky,  Bassist Neil Swainson, and drummer Don Vickery  Rossano Sportiello Even before the French institution, L’Académie du Jazz recognized his work on solo piano as the “Prix du Jazz Classique 2005” or magazines such as Jazz Classique and Jazz Hot printed rave  reviews about him, 34-year old pianist Rossano Sportiello, was an emerging talent on the international jazz scene. A native of Vigevano, Italy, Rossano graduated from the Italian Conservatory and began  his musical career at the age of 18 by joining the “Milano Jazz Gang”, one of Europe’s historic bands.  An accomplished stride pianist, Rossano grew up listening to Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and  Ralph Sutton, whom he met shortly before the elder’s death. However, his pianistic style also pays  homage to the swing and bebop eras. He cites Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Tommy Flanagan,  Ellis Larkins, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans as a few of his influences. His mentor, bebop  pianist Barry Harris, says “Rossano makes me smile when he plays.” On occasion, the jazz legend has  invited him to the stage to play on his gigs, touting Rossano as “the best stride pianist” he’s ever heard. Rossano has performed with many of the world’s finest jazz luminaries.

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