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SISSY CASTROGIOVANNI: A Citizen of the World

Sissy Castrogiovanni was born in Catania, but is considered a citizen of the world! She has Sicilian blood in her veins but an international flare in her voice. Castrogiovanni holds a degree in "Jazz Composition and Mediterranean Studies" at the Berkley College of Music in Boston. She collaborates with the University of Valencia (Spain) and sings on many stages throughout Europe. A great talent, Castrogiovanni's voice is also appreciated by the distinguished audience of the European Parliament in Brussels. Her passion for jazz, one of the most sophisticated of musical genres, and the singer's extraordinary tenacity, have enabled her to leap right into the limelight alongside such internationally renowned artists as Jazz drummer Jack De Johnette, Ten-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin, and one of the greatest pianists of boogie-woogie in the world, Jo Bonshack – just to name a few! The famous Spanish composer and guitarist, Javier Limon, now the producer and owner of the namesake house records, remembers well the first time he heard her singing a popular Sicilian melody. Mentioned on: "A voice and the piano" by Moira Lo Bianco, and written by her best friend:
"..cleaving the air with words that cut like sharp knives and ...thanks to her interpretation we have discovered the world of traditional music from the island, full of melodies and sounds worthy of attention from her fans. Sissy leads the world in the most ancient Sicilian lullabies and folk songs with an arrangement and a voice that go beyond the ordinary. A magical combination of commitment, perseverance, tenacity, passion and the inimitable Sicilian soul." This is "citizen of the world" Sissy Castrogiovanni.
In the world of music it is often said that hearing is believing. Take a listen for yourself at: from #4 edited by Vanvakys
Related link:, Siciliana Cities and Villages, Berkley College of Music

I am Tony Scott. The Story of How Italy Got Rid of the Greatest Jazz Clarinetist

Tony Scott "The story of greatest Jazz clarinet proudly Sicilian forgotten by his own people"

Famus quotes: "I decided a long time ago I would rather be a jazz musician than rich and famous. "I never regretted that decision." "Jazz is Black, why? What is spaghetti?
Anthony Joseph Sciacca, June 17, 1921 - March 28, 2007, was a jazz clarinetist known for an interest in folk music around the world. Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Scott's parents emigrated from Salemi, Sicily at the turn of the century. His mother played violin, his father guitar, and by age 12, Scott began studying clarinet, influenced by the sounds of Clarence Hutchenrider, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw. Scott attended Juilliard School from 1940 to 1942, receiving instruction in clarinet, piano, and composition, and building a strong background in classical music. Drafted into the United States Army in 1942, he was stationed at Governor's Island in New York harbor and spent his spare time immersed in the jazz scene on 52nd Street.
In the 1950s he worked with Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. Billie and Tony had a long relationship, so intimate sometimes that everybody gossiped to be lovers, "She never did anything bad to me". He also had a young Bill Evans as a side-man, bringing him from the Classical Music to the Jazz world . In the late 1950s, he won the Down Beat Critics poll for clarinetist in 1955, 1957, 1958, and 1959. Over the past 50 years, he arranged the hit "Day-O" for Harry Belafonte, "de, isede, isede, isedoo! It's my idea but I wasn't interested on royalties or else: you know how much money I waould have made with this?. Tony "studied traditional music in Japan, , recorded the first New Age album, and lived in three different countries
His most musically transforming event occurred in 1943 when he saw Charlie "Bird" Parker play for the first time. "My mouth dropped," Scott told Matthew Landan of the Herald Tribune. "He played so many notes that it sounded like ... Chinese music from the moon." Scott and Parker later became friends, being so talented", Tony was the only "non African-American allowed to be on the stage with him ". Parker and Scott opened and played together in a Jazz club on 52nd Street for one year.
Scott played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Charlie Parker in the late 1940s, and by 1954, led his own quartet in a successful run at Minton's Playhouse, the location that gave birth to be-bop. "By the early 1950s he had developed a far more confident approach," wrote Jim Burns in Jazz on Record, "and his soloing became more intense and swinging." In 1953, Scott won the Down Beatcritics' poll as "New Star" on the clarinet.

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Spotlight On In Luce: Laura Campisi
made in sicily orchestra
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Music History Storia della Musica
The Oriundi
Contributions to the evolution of Jazz
by Giuseppe Milici

Imagination and a musical lexicon that’s all we will need to begin our journey through
the progression of Jazz Music around the world. The importance of Sicilian musicians in this development, as well as those of Sicilian origin, is evident from the start.
Beginning our brief excursion through the History of Jazz in the 1920th the first name comes in mind maybe Nick La Rocca, founder and leader of one of the most famous jazz band of that time “The Original Dixieland Jazz Band”. Nick and his fellows recorded, New Orleans, Louisiana, reputed to be the first Jazz record ever produced, and were therefore instrumental to the unfolding of what became a popular mode of musical expression worlwide. After producing the “absolute first” jazz record, the group had lot of success on tour
throughout the United States and Europe, as well, where Jazz was relatively unknown. Nick La Rocca was not the only member of Sicilian origin in the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band”; the group also included: Frank Signorelli on piano and Tony Sbarbaro on drums. Consequently, it is not far-fetched to claim that the first Jazz record was truly an effort “Made in Sicily”.
Continuing our imaginary trip through jazz in time,we should mention another important step of great importance for our fellow Sicilians: the “Be Bop” era. Many musicians of Sicilian origin wrote and performed this improvisional style of jazz music, born in New York during the WW2 era. Even though the terrible events of the war dominated this period of history in both Sicily and America, jazz musicians in New York continued to work and progress, and it was during time that this new genre emerged. Among the members of the first Be Bop band there was a musician named George Wallington (birth name Giacinto Figlia), who was born in Palermo. He was an integral part of the band, as he was not only the pianist, but also the composer, and  played a note worthy role in developing this new  style and, ultimately, steering the course of jazz  music. It is imperative to mention the other  members of the group which comprised of such  famous musicians as: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet),  Oscar Pettiford (contrabass), Max Roach (drums),  Don Byas (saxophone). By the end of the 1940's an  exceptional talent had began to draw attention: His  name was Tony Scott. Born in New Jersey as Tony  Sciacca he hailed from a family of Sicilian  immigrants with a passion for music (some of them  were musicians). Tony was encouraged to study  various instruments including clarinet, saxophone, piano. By 1953 Tony Scott grew into a giant of Jazz music, collaborating with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and arranging and performing for Sarah Vaughan and Billy Holiday. He also played several tours in Africa and Europe, performing with great musicians as Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Kenny Clarke, Benny Carter, accomplishing a high standard of “traditional jazz” while devoting the best of himself to the “modern style”. Many other names can be mentioned by a jazz lover and in a to up to date list we can name: Chick Corea, Frank Sinatra, Joe Pass, Chuck Mangione, Louie Bellson.
Clearly, these brief notes on the significance of Sicilian musicians to the evolution of Jazz in the world are only the beginning, and do not come close to covering the subject. However, they are useful in comprehending how, at a time not too long ago, some among us in the world contributed to the “creation” of something world-renowned and its melodies resound throughout the world and our ears to this day. Let's hope they continue to do so for many more. English version by VanVakys VRC consulting
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