Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jazz duo in concert in Spilimbergo, Italy October 20th, 2013

The Kenn Bailey-Michele Bonivento jazz duo put on a short but nevertheless entertaining show in the small town of Spilimbergo.

Sax player Kenn Bailey from Nottingham and Italy’s Michele Bonivento on piano entertained an appreciative audience with cover versions of old Ray Charles songs and their own home-made version of blues-funk music.  Bonivento has played with several international musicians, such as Youssou D’Nour’s bass player, Abdou N’Diaje.  He has also played at both the Montreux Jazz and Pistoia Blues festivals. Bailey has  instead developed his own style of jazz, soul, R&B and reggae tunes in honor of his Jamaican roots and British musical influences. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai in concert in Padua, Italy October 3rd, 2013

Fifty-three year old guitar virtuoso Steve Vai played in front of a sell-out crowd in Padu. Steve Vai, an American guitarist, songwriter and producer of Italian descent, played in front of 3,000 people at the Geox Theater in Padua, Italy.   Vai’s Italian show “only” consisted of an amazing high-voltage 2 hour and 50 minute performance.    

After starting his career with Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa's band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He began a solo career in 1983 and has won three Grammy Awards. Vai has also sold so far over 15 million albums.  Vai has also recorded and toured with PIL, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake and David Lee Roth.   He began playing guitar at the age of 13 in 1973 after listening to Jimmy Page’s solo on Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”.    

The following year he took guitar lessons from another great guitarist, none other than Joe Satriani.   His influences have been Page, Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix and also Jeff Beck. 

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