Carlo Loffredo

Double bassist Carlo Loffredo (1924-2018) joined Orchestra 013, directed by Piero Piccioni, between 1944 and 1945. Together with other young instrumentalists, Nunzio Rotondo, Gianni Basso, Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Giorgio Gaslini, Romano Mussolini, Lelio Luttazzi, and Gil Cuppini, he organized concerts and jazz events for the Rome hot club, which opened in 1946 in the “La Conchiglia” venue at 506 Via del Corso

At that time he joined the Bebop sextet of the Rome hot club led by Nunzio Rotondo, with saxophonist Franco Raffaelli, pianist Ettore Crisostomi, guitarist Carlo Pes and drummer Pepito Pignatelli

In 1955 he founded, together with drummer Peppino D’Intino, the Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band, which included trumpeter Piero Saraceni, clarinetist Gianni Sanjust, trombonist Peppino De Luca, and pianist Leo Cancellieri, later replaced by Giuseppe “Puccio” Sboto. The Roman ensemble, which specializes in traditional jazz, records several records and participates in major festivals in Italy and abroad

In the early 1960s, Carlo Loffredo animated the nightclub “Clubino,” located on a side street of Via Veneto in Rome, with the band formed by pianist Franco D’Andrea and drummer Massimo Rocci

Together with trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo and pianist Romano Mussolini, the double bassist in those years represented one of the leading exponents of Roman jazz

Over the years, he collaborated with several Italian and international jazz musicians: Lelio Luttazzi, Gegè Munari, Gorni Kramer, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Django Reinhardt, Earl Hines and others

In addition, he participated as an actor in several Italian films, including Un americano a Roma (1954), starring Alberto Sordi, and in numerous radio and television programs in the capacity of author and host

Essential Discography: Carlo Loffredo and His New Orleans Jazz – … Blues from Rome (1961 – Supraphon), with Jula De Palma – New Orleans Jazz Band – Whisky And Dixie (1967 – Cetra)