Back to Vigevano Jazz, from 24 June to 5 July.

After the forced stop, due to a pandemic, last year, he returns to Vigevano, from the June 24 al July 5th, the festival “A Vigevano Jazz”, event organized by the Municipality of Vigevano and the Jazz Company cultural association with the patronage of the Lombardy Region and the support of Banca Generali.

This year the review, whose artistic director is the saxophonist Gabriele Comeglio, is included in the program of “Vigevano Estate”, the schedule of events that will animate the most evocative places of the city of the Dukes in the coming weeks and months.

The fifth edition of “A Vigevano Jazz” brings with it three unmissable events for lovers of quality music (all events will take place in the courtyard of the Castle, a double set is scheduled at 8.30 pm and 10 pm; free admission with compulsory online booking on the website): the first, scheduled Thursday 24 June, is “Lelio!”, concert-tribute to Lelio Luttazzi, the “King of swing”, the great Trieste artist who crossed the history of Italian music and entertainment on tiptoe. Disappeared in 2010 at the age of 87, Luttazzi was not only one of the most successful characters of the Italian song of the fifties and sixties, but also a leading protagonist of television, radio and cinema. In the presence of his wife Rossana, who will introduce the evening, they will pay tribute to Lelio Luttazzi there GMA Ensemble and the vocalist Caterina Comeglio: in the lineup some of his greatest hits, from “Tied to a rock” a “Lazy”, gives “Souvenir of Italy” a “Ask me everything”, but not only.

The GMA Ensemble is a group made up of young musicians from the Lombard Music Conservatories, who already have considerable experience behind them, supported by valuable professionals; Caterina Comeglio, one of the most promising Italian jazz singers, has collaborations with big names in the pop scene, from Mika to Roby Facchinetti of Pooh, and in 2019 she was awarded the Luttazzi Prize. A solo album of his recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles is out, with the participation of the most important American sessionmen (including saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Brian Scanlon and pianist Russell Ferrante).

The big names on the international scene have always been at home in Vigevano and also this year the organizers have not denied themselves, inviting Rick Margitza, a great overseas saxophonist: “Rick Margitza meets Jazz Company” it is, in fact, the second appointment of the review, scheduled Wednesday 30 June. Son of art (his father was one of the first violins of the Detroit Philarmonic Orchestra), Margitza, born in ’61, has released 13 albums in his name, most of which for the prestigious Blue Note label. The American tenorist, originally from Detroit, has played with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider (with whom he won a Grammy), Burt Bacharach and Eddie Gomez. In 1989 he joined the Miles Davis group (thus becoming the last tenorist, in chronological order, to play with the divine Miles) with whom he recorded the albums. “Power” e “The complete Miles Davis in Montreux”. With Rick Margitza there will be Big Band Jazz Company directed by Gabriele Comeglio, one of the most prestigious European orchestras, active since the early nineties, which among its ranks includes some of the soloists of the dissolved light music orchestra of the RAI of Milan. The Big Band Jazz Company has to its credit over 500 concerts in Italy and abroad and has performed with leading international soloists, including Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz and Franco Ambrosetti. He is currently touring with the show “Massimo Lopez & Tullio Solenghi show”.

Finally, for the closing event of the fifth edition of “A Vigevano Jazz”, Monday 5th July the show will be staged “Bird lives!”, which will be presented in absolute preview and which will see protagonists the quintet of trumpeter Emilio Soana el‘actor Cochi Ponzoni (narrator). The show will retrace the unruly life of Charlie “Bird” Parker, the musician who revolutionized the history of jazz and who invented be-bop.

Emilio Soana was the first trumpet par excellence of many big bands, Italian and European: during his long career he played with the biggest names in jazz and international pop, from Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder, from Mina to Natalie Cole, only to name a few. Cochi Ponzoni, who will play Charlie Parker through some original interviews of the time, is an actor beloved by the Italian public since, at the end of the 70s, he made his debut on the small screen with the inseparable Renato Pozzetto, giving life to shows that have influenced the history of Italian comedy.

IN VIGEVANO JAZZ – Fifth edition, from 24 June to 5 July

Where: Courtyard of the Castle.

Concerts start: double set (8.30 pm and 10 pm), free admission with reservations required on the website

On line:

Thursday 24 June – “Lelio!”

Concert-tribute to Lelio Luttazzi with the ensemble of the GMA and the vocalist Caterina Comeglio – Introduced by Rossana Luttazzi

Caterina Comeglio (vocals), Alessandro Bottacchiari (trumpet), Andrea Andreoli (trombone), Gabriele Comeglio (alto sax, arrangements, musical direction), Mirko Puglisi (piano), Roberto Trapella (guitar), Jimmy Straniero (bass), Alessandro Casè (battery).

Wednesday 30 June – “Rick Margitza meets Jazz Company”

Rick Margitza (tenor sax), Gabriele Comeglio, Emanuele Dell’Osa, Ubaldo Busco, Damiano Fuschi, Vittorio Cazzaniga (sax), Emilio Soana (trumpet), Sergio Orlandi (trumpet), Claudio De Bernardi (trumpet), Angelo Rolando (trombone ), Andrea Andreoli (trombone), Alberto Bonacasa (piano), Andrea Cassaro (bass), Sara Collodel (guitar), Marco Serra (drums).

Monday 5 July – “Bird lives!”

Emilio Soana quintet – Reciting voice Cochi Ponzoni

Emilio Soana (trumpet), Gabriele Comeglio (alto sax), Claudio Angeleri (piano), Marco Esposito (bass), Luca Bongiovanni (drums).

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