Valdarno Jazz Festival, 38 edition

26.07.2021 21:30 - 23:59

From neo soul to jazz through orchestral music: the 38th edition of the Valdarno Jazz Festival showcases all the nuances of improvisational black music. The Valdarno area, between Arezzo and Florence, then returns to light up with seven concerts, starting on 3 July to close on 26 with the trio of stars Patitucci, Potter and Blade.

The pride of this edition, once again directed by musicians Daniele Malvisi and Gianmarco Scaglia, will be the evening with the John Patitucci Trio, where the legendary American bassist will be joined by Chris Potter and Brian Blade in the appointment that closes the season. Three stars of overseas music are ready to enchant spectators with the notes of their songs.

The Valdarno Jazz Summer Festival opens on Saturday 3 July at 9.30 pm at the Ginestra amphitheater in Montevarchi with VJ Collective plays Gianmarco Scaglia ‘Originals Things’. It is a tribute to interplay, a sort of self-portrait halfway between reason and instinct, between rigor and freedom, in a flow of emotions that radiate from a repertoire whose only desire is to communicate, by the collective of studio of the same Valdarno Jazz. The repertoire of the project is based on compositions by Gianmarco Scaglia that cover a span of about forty years of study, concerts, meetings, experiences and travels: the songs come from recordings made in the period from 1994 to 2020. With Cosimo Boni on trumpet, Daniele Malvisi on sax, Andrea Cincinelli on guitar, Gianmarco Scaglia on double bass and Giovanni Paolo Liguori on drums (reservation at 055 9108212).

It continues on Sunday 4 July, at 9.30 pm in Gropina / Pieve di Gropina – Loro Ciuffenna with YouLook Trio by Luisa Cottifogli (voice and looper), Aldo Mella (bass) and Massimo Serra (drums and percussion). Since its inception, Youlook has been a terrain of free experimentation and layering of styles, a game that starts from improvisation and then finds more defined forms of composition. Luisa Cottifogli, former voice of Quintorigo, is an artist who loves to play with her voice, placing herself in a transversal way with respect to styles: she has collaborated with Glauco Mauri, Andrea Parodi, Giovanna Marini, Ivano Fossati, Lucio Dalla, David Riondino, Riccardo Thesis (reservation at 055 9170153).

Tuesday 6 July, at 9.30 pm at the Garibaldi theater arena in Figline, it is the turn of Cristina Russo with her Neosoul Combo composed of Angelo Di Marco Zingarello (keyboards), Mariano Nasello (bass) and Marco Di Dio (drums).
Tuesday 13 July, the festival moves to San Giovanni Valdarno, in piazza delle Fornaci, at 9.30 pm to host the Giovanni Benvenuti Quartet with Giacomo Del Pra on the piano, Giovanni Benvenuti on the sax, Francesco Pierotti on the double bass and Dario Rossi on the drums. The quartet’s inspirations are often far from each other but it is precisely the search for the melody that resolves the piece, giving it another form. The melody, therefore, as an impalpable force that gives meaning to every experiment in music. For this project Giovanni Benvenuti has gathered around him the musicians with whom he has collaborated for years in other areas and with whom he has established a profound musical and human harmony (booking at 055 9126268).
We return to Terranuova Bracciolini, Tuesday 20 July at 9.30 pm in Piazza della Liberazione to listen to the Jotc Open Orchestra. Born in 2020 and made up of young Tuscan talents and experienced professionals, the JOTC Open Orchestra represents one of the very few realities of the national jazz scene to carry out an orchestral jazz music project. Directed by trumpeter Francesco Giustini and conceived as a “versatile” orchestra, in this concert the JOTC Open Orchestra takes the form of the classic big band and engages with the boundless and unforgettable repertoire of Count Basie’s orchestra, probably the most important jazz history band. (reservation at 055 9738838).
The penultimate appointment of the review is that of Thursday 22 July, at 9.30 pm, once again at the Garibaldi theater arena in Figline (reservation required at 055.9125304) starring the Sunrise Jazz Orchestra.
Grand finale on Monday 26 July, at 9.30 pm, in Piazza Masaccio in San Giovanni Valdarno with the John Patitucci Trio featuring Chris Potter and Brian Blade. John Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1959 and began playing the electric bass at the age of ten, later experimenting with acoustic bass and piano. He quickly moves from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music: his eclectic tastes have made him explore all genres of music as a musician and composer. His six solo recordings for GRP Records and his subsequent recordings brought him two Grammy Awards and over fifteen Grammy nominations.
Chris Potter is considered, thanks to his excellent technical skills, the versatility with which he faces different musical situations, and his experimental and innovative temperament, as one of the best living jazz saxophonists. Among the collaborations, those with Patricia Barber, Marian McPartland, Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown, Jim Hall, James Moody, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Mike Mainieri, Steve Swallow, Steely Dan, Dave Holland, Joanne Brackeen.
Brian Blade is a drummer and has been a permanent part of the Wayne Shorter quartet since 2000. Since 1997 he has been the leader of The Fellowship Band and can boast collaborations with sacred monsters such as Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell.
This is the only paid concert of the entire event: single seat with assignment € 15.00 full – € 12.00 reduced. Info & presales Music Pool 055.240397 or Pro Loco SGV 055.9126268.

All concerts start at 9.30pm with free admission and reservations required for anti-Covid regulations.

Valdarno Jazz Festival, 38 edition

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