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Joe Lovano: Rising from the Ashes

Joe Lovano and Jason Moran outside the Village Vanguard
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano is strolling the grounds of Villa Paradiso, his lush 3-1/2 acre spread near Newburgh,N.Y., about an hour north of the George Washington Bridge. It’s a rare sunny day after a seemingly endless stretch of dreary, rain-soaked weather in the New York City area. As Lovano surveys his property, proudly pointing out every blue evergreen, cedar and weeping willow that he and his wife, singer and longtime collaborator Judi Silvano, have planted since acquiring the place 10 years ago, the birds are tweeting, a brook adjacent to the property is flowing and babbling in the background and squirrels are hopping around. Lovano says he even gets regular visits from raccoons and deer on his property. It’s all so rustic and peaceful; not exactly the kind of setting you would associate with such a quintessential hipster as Lovano.

But these days when Lovano’s deep in the woodshed, chances are he’ll emerge with a wood chipper or sitting on a John Deere lawn mower. And when he says, “You dig?” to Judi he’s more than likely inquiring about her recent activities in the garden.

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