BECHET, Sidney.


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Florence: Jazz di ieri e di oggi numero 4 — May 1959

Original May 1959 issue of Italian jazz monthly Jazz di ieri e di oggi with American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Sidney Bechet (1897—1959) on the front cover. In this issue: Sonny Rollins e l’improvvisazione tematica by Günther Schüller (pp. 7-14); Ricordo di Sidney Bechet by Franco Fayenz (pp. 15-16); New York Jazz Scene by Dan Morgenstern (pp. 17-22); Affinità fra Jazz e Cinema by Umberto Santucci (pp. 23-25); Worried Man Blues (pp. 26-27); Armstrong a Milano by Attilio Rota (pp. 28-30); Armstrong a Torino by Pier Luigi Catalano (pp. 31-33); J.A.T.P. 1959 by Gianfranco Guastone (pp. 34-41). Jazz di ieri e di oggi (trans.: “Jazz of yesterday and today”) was the Florentine answer to Italian’s premiere jazz magazine at the time, Musica Jazz, published in Milan since 1955. Founded and published by Alfredo Luciano Catalani, the first member of the Hot Club of Florence, the first issue, a double issue, was issued in February 1959. Editor-in-chief was the passionate journalist and photographer Francesco Cecco Maino, perhaps best known for his early connection to Chet Baker. International correspondents for the publication included Nestor Ortiz Oderigo (Argentina); Frank Tenot (France); Joachim-Ernst Berendt (Germany); and William Donati (Hollywood); Felix Manskleid and Dan Morgenstern (New York); Anthony Palmisano (New Orleans). Regretfully, the magazine was a shortlived affair. It ceased publication by the end of 1960 with a special photo edition. Jazz di ieri e di oggi was a large size magazine and arguably the most beautifully executed jazz publication ever published. Graphically, it was a work of art, featuring exquisite layout. It had a special charm and was often delicately printed on different colors of paper. The printing process must have been extremely expensive, and may explain the short lived history of the publication.

24.0 x 27.5 cm, 42 pp. Trimmed cardboard wrapper, staple bound. All text in Italian. In excellent condition, tightly bound and clean. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the magazine available on request.


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