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Jazz Film- Sicily Jass The world’s first man in Jazz

Hosted by the Consul of the New York And All That Jazz Group
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Tue 26 Mar 17:45 - 20:00

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Screening of Sicily Jass The world’s first man in Jazz by Michele Cinque, followed by Q&A with the director and author of the movie.

A journey inside the Sicilian chromosome of jazz, forgotten by the official history; the incredible story of a Sicilian who became the world's first man in jazz, Sicily Jass: The World's First Man In Jazz is a film about the life, the music, and times of Nick La Rocca, a son of Sicilian immigrants, a self-taught cornet player, and leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the New Orleans based combo which eventually recorded the first jazz record, in New York, in Protected content . Moving between fiction and documentary, while traveling from a timeless Sicily through New Orleans past and present, the film follows the infectious rhythms of early jazz and goes deep into an introspective journey narrated by the voice, the gestures and the puppets of Sicilian master Mimmo Cuticchio.

Thanks to the special contribution of historians and jazz critics and along with the discovery of precious archive materials, the film will give the audience the chance to re-live both the incredible success and the sad decline of La Rocca and his fellow musicians. The voice of Nick La Rocca himself, caught in a hitherto unpublished interview, together with the intimacy of the tale of Nick's son, Jimmy, will lead the viewer to discover why La Rocca and his men are often forgotten within the official history of jazz. Needless to add that Sicily Jass comes with an original soundtrack, played by an amazing quintet of Sicilian musicians.