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Daniele Vavassori: Jazz Canto

Italian singer with rock roots releases jazz album

Daniele Vavassori album cover

The irony of the great Italian crooners – Sinatra, Martin, Bennett, Damone, Darin, Como, et al. – is that none actually hailed from Italy. Indeed, apart from one-hit-wonder Domenico Modugno, whose chart-topping “Volare” earned him a pair of 1958 Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, the ranks of Italian-born pop and jazz vocalists whose careers have extended beyond the borders of their native land are pretty thin. (Nor is the female side of the equation any more robust; quick, name an Italian vocalist, apart from Roberta Gambarini, who has earned an international audience).

Which makes newcomer (or, at least, new to American shores) Daniele Vavassori a bit of an anomaly, though a most welcome one. Nothing in Vavassori’s musical background points to his recent emergence as a jazz stylist. Yes, his grandfather introduced him to Sinatra and Como recordings, but he preferred Queen, Billy Joel and Tori Amos. Early on, he began writing songs and formed the rock outfit Liberty (subsequently expanded to Liberty Express). In 2005, he joined the band PLC, whose Rock Surgery earned significant notice.

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