Chet Baker – Cantina Bologna

American trumpeter Chet Baker is pictured in the cellar of Dr. Francesco Lo Bianco on Via Rizzoli in Bologna in 1960 (pictured second to Chet Baker’s left is pianist Amedeo Tommasi)

Chet Baker first came to Europe in 1955 for a series of concerts, including in Italy in Rome, Milan, Florence and Perugia. Recovering from winning the best instrumentalist award in DownBeat magazine’s poll DownBeat collaborated in Italy between 1959 and 1962 with various soloists and ensembles on the jazz scene, including, Gianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Glauco Masetti, and Amedeo Tommasi

In those years Chet Baker along with Jacques Pelzer, René Thomas and Bobby Jaspar were regulars at the Bologna winery on Via Rizzoli owned by Dr. Francesco Lo Bianco, dentist, drummer, patron as well as president in 1962/1963 of the Bologna Hot Club. The winery hosts Italian and foreign musicians passing through the capital of Emilia-Romagna

Francesco Lo Bianco as drummer later forms a quartet with Franco D’Andrea on piano, Lucio Dalla on clarinet, Aldo DonĂ  on double bass

Contribution shared by Claudio Pungetti

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