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Florence: Jazz di ieri e di oggi numero 1+2 — February/March 1959

Original February/March 1959 issue of Italian jazz monthly Jazz di ieri e di oggi with American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington (1899—1974) on the front cover. In this issue: Editoriale (pp. 5-8); La percussione nella Storia del Jazz: i ritmi di New Orleans by Carlo Cibrario (pp. 9-13); Impressioni sul quarto Festival Internazionale del Jazz di San Remo by Carlo Peroni (pp. 14-20); Pregi e difetti della diffusione del Jazz in Italia by Franco Fayenz (pp. 21-24); Dizionario mitologico del Jazz “A Drum Is A Woman” by Romano Del Forno (pp. 29-34); Poor Man Blues: i negri americani e la guerra by Alfredo Luciano Catalani (pp. 35-38); Un equivoco da chiarire; John Lewis by Romano Del Forno (pp. 39-43); Duke Ellington a Torino by Pierluigi Catalano (pp. 44-47); I Festival del Jazz negli Stati Uniti by Francis Thorne (pp. 48-54); Libri Jazz (pp. 55-57). 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.

23.8 x 27.5 cm, 58 pp. Trimmed cardboard wrapper, staple bound. All text in Italian. In near 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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