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Self-taught and initially inspired by a Louis Armstrong record and then by Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, Benny Goodman, Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson, Franco D’Andrea started playing the piano at the age of 17, after experimenting with the trumpet and soprano sax.
His career began in 1963 and he played for the Italian broadcasting channel RAI, to date recording a number of albums; some 200 of them.
During his career, Franco D’Andrea played with many important jazz musicians such as Pepper Adams, Barry Altschul, Gato Barbieri and many more. His tours took him all over Europe, including Estonia, Russia and also to Canada, Israel, Japan, Tunisia and the U.S. He counts 120 compositions in his name, 70 of which have been recorded. Impressed? Still the amazing resumé of this prominent artist goes on to include various prizes and awards, like the “Italian Critics’ Award” in 1979 and in 1981; the “Radio Uno Jazz Prize” in 1982 and the “Top Jazz Award” for best Italian record in 1984 and in 1986 and 2002. He earned the Best Italian Musician Award five times, aside from numerous other accolades. You may ask why I am listing down the accomplishments of Franco D’Andrea. Well, on the evening of June 4th, this amazing performer will be holding a concert in our own capital. Yes, we will get to see one of the best Jazz piano players in the world, live.
The concert will be held in celebration of the Italian National Day at the Italian Cultural Institute. The piano recital is very much expected to be one of the best we have seen and it is my hope that you will arrange your day to be part of the event.
Like all the other events at the Institute, the concert is free for all to enjoy. It can’t get better than that.