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Bella,
composer
Enrico Rava,
Art of Alley trio (f.giangrandi,n.vernuccio,s.bambini)
Live Recording

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Lerici,
composer
Federico Giangrandi,
Art of Alley Sextet
Studio Recording

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Nico's Dream
composer
Massimo Ciolli,
Art of Alley trio (f.giangrandi,n.vernuccio,s.bambini)
Live Recording

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Roscoe
composer
Federico Giangrandi,
Art of Alley Quartet (f.giangrandi,b.briscik,n.vernuccio,m.sabatini)
Recorded at Radio Vaticana
1985

Federico Giangrandi
as a young man
(Sfo,In the backyard,1985)

Art of Alley Sextet
(Lerici, Sul molo, 1989)

Art of Alley trio
Federico Giangrandi, Nico Vernuccio, Stefano Bambini
(Rome, May 2011)

Federico Giangrandi
as he looks now
(Santa Marinella, aprile 2012)
The name Art of Alley come up from my bedroom window in Vallejo St., San Francisco, where I was living in 1985. Just a few minutes after the last night raccoon had left his muddy footprints out inn the backyard, a bunch of chinese workers were walking down the narrow alley under my window. They talked fast and loud and together. That kind of noisy sound, with no meaning at all to me, entered my sleeping mind. The subconscious part of my brain, made every morning a different soundtrack out of it. For different dreams. So as soon as I was call for the first gig, I decide to use that name, Art of Alley. Why not Art of the Alley? Takes time to learn another language.
Federico Giangrandi

From that moment Art of Alley started to be a name for a sort of container. From time to time several differents musicians worked together under this name:

Tom Stamper
Rob Thorsen
Joachim Young
Horace Parlan
Chico Amaral
Elisabeth La Mantia (Lil Mo'Love)
Alfonso Viera
Mario Delgado
Dave Gausden
Nicola Vernuccio
Matthias Schubert
Barbara Bucholz
Stefano Bambini
Gianni Parodi
Stephan Schertler
Mauro Avanzini
Lauro Rossi
Sergio Gistri
Dario Cecchini
Andrea Melani
Walter Paoli
Mauro Grossi
Riccardo Onori
Domenico Caliri
Mirko Sabatini
Bruno Briscik
Papi Thiam
Simona Marino
Art of Alley played around the world:
Caffè Capri (San Francisco)
Mission Latin Festival (San Francisco)
Hot Club Du Portugal (Lisboa)
Bunker UlmenWall (Bielefeld)
La Cova Del Drag (Barcelona)
Bar Des Oiseaux (Nice)
Festival del Jazz di La Spezia
Festival del Jazz di Verona
Jazz Italia
Nice Jazz Festival (Nice)




Forse Shorty Pesca alla Trota in America se n'era semplicemente andato a San Jose sulla sua sedia a rotelle, traballando lungo l'autostrada mezzo km all'ora. Non so che fine ha fatto. Ma se un giorno dovesse tornare a San Francisco e morisse, m'è venuta un'idea. Shorty Pesca alla Trota in America dovrebbe essere sepolto proprio accanto alla statua di Benjamin Franklin a Washington Square. Dovremo fissare la sua sedia a rotelle, su un' enorme pietra grigia e fare incidere sul piedistallo queste parole:

Shorty Pesca alla Trota in America
Lavaggio 20 cent
Asciugatura 10 cent
Per sempre.


da "Pesca alla Trota in America" di Richard Brautigan, Edizioni ISBN

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