Harry Allen Quartet

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Featuring Rossano Sportiello

January 22, 2012

Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in Harry Allen." Gene Lees  HarryAllen.com

ZootAl_HarryAllen    Harry Allen's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll. Harry has performed in clubs worldwide, with names like Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

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  Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy and began studying the piano at the age of 9, graduating in classical piano from the Conservatory. He joined one of Europe's historic jazz bands, the "Milano Jazz Gang" touring with the group throughout Italy and West Europe. American iconic pianist Barry Harris, has touted Rossano as "the best stride piano player" he has ever heard.  Stylistically, although international critics consider Rossano a follower of Ralph Sutton, Dave McKenna and Barry Harris, the influence of other great masters can be heard in his playing, such as Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Ellis Larkins and Bill Evans, to name a few. rossanosportiello.com

 

 

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