The first jazz teacher at Santa Cecilia

The first jazz teacher at Santa Cecilia


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2014

Giorgio Gaslini, the Italian jazz pianist who composed the soundtrack for¬†Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte (The Night, 1961), has died, aged 84.

He was the first teacher of jazz at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Academy.

giorgio gaslini


  • Vittorio Parisi says:

    Not only in Rome, he was also the first jazz teacher in Milano Conservatorio, in his city, where he formed a fantastic jazz band. I met him in those years, we were in the 80’s. 18 months ago I went to his Milano’s house to talk with him along with Angelo Teora, a clarinet player, one of his fav artist. We had to perform Gaslini’s clarinet concert with the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra a couple of months later. He talked a lot of his music and we could listen also some his symphonic works and a wonderful Largo for orchestra inspired by the slow flow of Gange river in India. He played also the piano for us. We had a project to perform and record his 3 symphonies in the same concert. Rest in peace Giorgio, great Maestro and human being.