Two of Two

Two of Two, a passion is fueled by what you don’t know about another person, much more than what you do know.

Andrea De Carlo

The art of the duo has spanned almost the entire history of jazz; started with the duets in the early 1920s between Jelly Roll Morton’s piano and King Oliver’s cornet, continued in the second half of the decade with those between the guitars of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson, with Lang himself and violinist Joe Venuti, and culminating in the sensational duet between Louis Armstrong and pianist Earl Hines in Weather Bird.

The two-voice conversation then touched another pinnacle of artistic expression in the astonishing pages created, in 1939/40, by Duke Ellington and double bassist Jimmy Blanton.

It is in recent decades, however, that the duo has developed enormously in jazz circles, to the point that today it represents one of the most expressive formations used by musicians, offered with all kinds of instrumental combinations and with a now impressive discography behind it, studded with masterpieces.

Andrea De Carlo, in these appointments, which we strongly desired for jazz residents in their final academic years, the art of the duo becomes a generational comparison between navigated professionals of international stature and very young talented musicians who have accepted the challenge with extraordinary enthusiasm.