CdPM Europe Big Band and JW Orchestra
CDpM Europe Big Band brings together experienced Italian jazz musicians and talented young artists from the CDpM’s European courses. The band is an active participant in the Bergamo Jazz Festival, with encounters with schools organised by the CDpM itself, events to coincide with the UNESCO International Jazz Day and concerts at the Blue Note in Milan, as well as exchanges with the Malta Jazz Festival and the American band of the Conard High Institute in Hartford. The Tin Pan Alley project is an explicit reference to the symbol of American music in the early 20th century: a physical place – in the heart of Manhattan, where the great songwriters (from George Gershwin to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter to Jerome Kern) composed the most famous songs of Broadway musicals – which over the decades has acquired a much wider significance. Tin Pan Alley’s extraordinary musical output actually makes up a large part of the stock of standards to which many jazz musicians adhere even today. Some of these standards are reinterpreted by the CDpM Europe Big Band, in arrangements by Gabriele Comeglio.
The JW Orchestra was founded in 1994 by saxophonist and clarinettist Marco Gotti, who takes care of arrangements and conducting. In the course of its musical career, the band has collaborated with numerous international artists (Bob Mintzer, Gianluigi Trovesi, Lew Soloff, Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Bobby Watson, Dave Weckl and many more) and created numerous projects dedicated to revisiting classic works and artists (Gustav Mahler, Mussorgskij, Verdi), as well as the music of Ennio Morricone and the Beatles. Africa Jazz Travelling is a kind of virtual journey whose stages are some of Africa’s most evocative places: as well as compositions by Marco Gotti himself, the band performs original arrangements of pieces written by musicians whose personal stories have been inspired by the continent, from John Coltrane (“Africa”) to Jackie McLean (“Appointment in Ghana”); Horace Silver (“Safari”) to Richie Beirach (“Madagascar”).