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Sicily Jass. The World's First Man in Jazz



Sicily Jass. The World's First Man in Jazz

Film screening (73’) followed by Q&A with director Michele Cinque.

Sicily Jass – The World’s First Man in Jazz narrates the human vicissitudes of Nick La Rocca and the problematic role that the musician played in the history of Jazz. A Sicilian born in New Orleans at the end of the nineteenth century, La Rocca made the first record in the history of jazz, Livery Stable Blues, with his Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917. The record was to sell more than a million copies and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in the space of a few weeks would become the highest-paid jazz band in the world while their tracks, from Tiger Rag to Clarinet Marmalade, would go on to influence some of the greatest jazz-players, including Louis Armstrong.
The film, with an intermingling of fiction and real documentary, between a timeless Sicily and the New Orleans of today and of yesterday, centres on Nick La Rocca. A self-taught trumpet-player (and building contractor), an unwelcome persona non grata as a white man in the world of black music par excellence, his surly nature would take him from the dizzy heights of success to a sad decline.



Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entry : Free


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