Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6pm Sicily Jass: The World's First Man in Jazz (2015), 73 min. Michele Cinque, dir. - John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor. New York, N.Y. 10036 Sicily Jass, an intermingling of fiction and documentary, uses the Sicilian puppets and narrating voice of Mimmo Cuticchio to tell the st...

Jazz music has a long history and many influences. With Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (available February from Cambridge University Press, $44.99), Anna Harwell Celenza examines the Italian influences on the development of American popular music. When jazz arrived in Italy at the conclusion of Worl...

This February falls the one hundred year anniversary of the recording of the first Jazz song album ever recorded "Livery Stable Blues ", in the history of music. It was an Italian, James Dominick "Nick” La Rocca, who had this honor.  To celebrate this controversial artist, whom the great Renzo Arbore told us about when we met him, we speak with Mic...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6pm The Barese Ice Men of New York (2015), 80 min. Carlo Magaletti, dir. The Barese Icemen of New York follows the story of the Italian immigrants from the region of Apulia who from the 1920s to the 1960s dominated the making and delivery of ice in New York City. Interviews with former icemen and their families as well...

You have a book coming out that argues Italian-Americans have been largely forgotten for their contributions to jazz. But Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Prima, Louis Bellson, to name a few, are hardly unknown to those who care about jazz.   Yes and no. Many jazz fans aren't even aware that people like Tony Bennett and the late Louis Bell...

New Orleans fu la prima grande città americana ad accogliere un grande numerodi emigrati italiani, ancora prima che questi partissero da un territorio che si potesse ufficialmente chiamare Italia, ovvero prima dell'unificazione del 1861. Le storie di quegli emigrati non contemplano il passaggio per Ellis Island, non si sviluppano nella Little Italy...

La musica è da sempre protagonista importante dello scambio culturale tra Italia e Stati Uniti: ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nel tenere alta la bandiera degli italiani emigrati all'inizio dello scorso secolo, ed è stata veicolo dell'entusiasmo e dell'ottimismo americano che ha contagiato l'Italia dopo la guerra. Nessuno potrebbe descrivere questa...

by Luca Martera   From the Italian ancient tradition of the Great Opera Houses to early New Orleans Jazz set by Nick La Rocca; from Vincente Minnelli's musicals to Louis Prima's swing; The Voice Frank Sinatra to modern Pop-Rock by Madonna, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, hundred of artists with Italian ancestry, without whom Am...

The American Italian Cultural Center announces the unveiling of the bust of Italian American Nick LaRocca, the "Creator of Jazz" and composer of such jazz standards as "Tiger Rag" and "Livery Stable Blues". The unveiling by Lt. Governor of Louisiana Jay Dardenne will take place on November 16 at 3 pm at the Old US Mint on Esplanade Avenue.  ...

by Robin Miller   One can't help wondering if Nick LaRocca would have believed it if someone had told him exactly how much influence his song would have over a stadium of 90,000-plus. Make that more than 100,000 when the addition to Tiger Stadium is complete, when more voices are added to the crowd's roar when the LSU Tiger Marching Ban...