Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 12pm ET. Free event, register here. Mark Rotella, director of the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, leads a discussion with Anna Celenza, professor of music at Georgetown University, and John Gennari, professor of English at the University of Vermont, on the impact and influence Italian Americans have had on...

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month in April, join NIAF and Vanessa Racci as she takes you on a musical journey through the history of Italian American influence on Jazz Music from 1917 New Orleans to modern day. Covering songs and discussing their history by artists such as Nick LaRocca, Joe Venuti, Louis Prima, Harry Warren, John Pizzarelli and m...

Each year, during the month of July, the lovely Perugia (the capital city of Umbria Region) usually houses the most important Italian Musical Jazz Festival. Well known in Italy but also abroad, the Umbria Jazz is proud of its considerable achievements and its exceptional fame gained during the time. This year, due to the impossibility of respecting...

This interview with Charles Marsala, who is bringing great news to the world of the Italian American community in New Orleans and throughout the South East, was done right before the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Italy, and then a couple of weeks before it also arrived in the United States. It is therefore a picture of the world before the coro...

Saturday at 11:30am in conjunction with the Italian American Sports Banquet we are dedicating the first of two Sicilian Heritage Markers. This marker celebrates Sicilian contributions to Music in Jazz, Swing, and Rock 'n Roll. It mentions Nick LaRocca, Louis Prima, and Cosimo Matassa.  It contains a QR link to  a free tour app of Sicilian Heritage...

There are many episodes in the history of the United States that have seen Italians as protagonists. Some are very well known; others deserve to be known better. The subject of this interview is of the second type: not many people know about this, but it is really very interesting and tells how much since their birth the United States - and its lea...

Thursday, May 16, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Join award-winning author Jason Berry for a presentation and signing of his latest book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. In City of a Million Dreams, Berry delivers a character-driven history of N...

Parliamo un po' di Jazz all'italiana, il libro che Anna Harwell Celenza ha scritto approfittando di un lungo soggiorno a Roma. Colpita dalla scena jazzistica nostrana la Celenza - docente di Storia della Musica e Radiogiornalismo alla Georgetown University – si è cimentata con la storia del jazz in Italia sino agli Anni Cinquanta. E dopo un meticol...

Rows upon rows of hills laced with vines intermingle with the curves of the G-clef: the history that has developed in Salaparuta is one-of-a-kind. With just under two thousand inhabitants, this municipality of Trapani is the symbol of the 1968 earthquake that occurred along the river Belice and destroyed the town’s historic center; but only a few p...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...