Jazz Archives

The Archives of Jazz in Rome is the virtual place to walk through the extraordinary history of Italian jazz from the second half of the last century to the beginning of the new millennium, following its path of growth to its final establishment at the international level.

The Archive was born and developed thanks to careful research, archiving and dissemination of bibliographical, audio, video and photographic material flanked by detailed fact sheets, editorials and testimonials from authoritative figures in the Italian jazz scene. The belief that we can turn the discovery and preservation of the memory of Italian jazz into the driving force behind the artistic ferment of today and tomorrow is the basis of a unique project in Rome.



Paolo Marra is a music critic.
Born in Rome, he devoted himself from the age of 13 to the study of both classical and jazz piano and later became passionate about learning more about the history of different musical genres and styles. His high school studies in Social Sciences and undergraduate studies in Communication pushed him to explore the various languages of media and social networks.

He has been involved in editorial preparation for radio programs and articles for websites for several years. For the online newspaper “Media Frequenza” he writes articles on cross-cutting topics concerning art, current affairs, cinema, music and events in Rome.

For the web magazine “All About Jazz” he writes articles, also in English, with reviews and interviews with various musicians from the European and American scene, among them Gary Bartz, Ashley Henry, Roberto Fonseca, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Pieranunzi, Mario Biondi and James Senese.

A strong passion for literature drives him to want to tell the stories of jazz stars, their lives and the human side hidden behind their art. An inveterate vinyl collector, he decided to combine storytelling with researching material pertaining to the history of Italian jazz by devising a virtual archive accessible to anyone.