Swings and roundabout jazz

‘I’m fortunate because I had the opportunity to deeply study the tradition of jazz.’

January 19, 2017 15:41
Fabrizio Bosso Julian Oliver Mazzariello

Trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso (left) with his longtime cohort, pianist Julian Oliver Mazzariello. (photo credit: SIMONE CECCHETTI)

Among Duke Ellington’s many perennially popular numbers, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” has pride of place. Based on the words of Jewish lyricist and longtime Ellington manager Irving Harold Mills (né Isadore Minsky), it has been played and recorded at regular intervals, by artists with all kinds of creative orientations, for over 90 years.

The title also embodies a sentiment to which Fabrizio Bosso wholeheartedly subscribes, as he will demonstrate at his slew of gigs here, which will take place up and down the country from January 28 to February 4, as part of the Hot Jazz series. The aforementioned Ellington classic will be in the Italian trumpeter’s song list here, along with equally popular Ellington standards “In a Sentimental Mood” and “Caravan.”


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