From Francis Scott Fitzgerald to Jack Kerouac, from Toni Morrison to James Baldwin, from Philip Michael Ondaatje to Geoff Dyer, from Julio Cortazar to Boris Vian, from Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed to Jayne Cortez, the list of international writers and poets inspired or intrigued by jazz and other musical genres goes on.

Since New York City’s Rizzoli Bookstore has a long tradition of building bridges between arts genres, international scenes and creative people, we wanted to turn our gorgeous space in NoMad into an experimental living room where live jazz and other music can be enjoyed. The “Rizzoli Music Aperitivo” is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and is curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

 (Photo credits Guglielmo Mattioli)

Upcoming Performances

22 June at 6 pmBebo Ferra (acoustic and classical guitar) and Paolino Dalla Porta (acoustic bass) have been collaborating since 1995 on various projects. The Duo was born in 1997 by invitation of the Centro Meridionale di Cultura italiana (South Centre of Italian Culture) for a festival of acoustic duos and original music performed in Bologna, Italy, at Aula Absidale di Santa Lucia.

30 June at 6 pm: Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani Tango
Emile Parisien soprano saxophone Vincent Peiraniaccordion / voice. After paying tribute to musicians and composers of the Belle Époque, including Sydney Bchet and DukeEllington, to name just two of them, VincentPeirani and Émile Parisien set out to discover Argentine


Past Performances

19 May at 5 pmHoward Fishman (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Russell Farhang (violin) play music that combines opposites: dark and light, celebration and introspection, love and heartbreak, elegance and roughness. 

7 April: Michael Blake and Brass

Conjuring music from the curbsides and corners of cultures far and wide, Blake and Brass reverberates with the spirit of street music from around the world.Stalwart members of the New York City creative scene, these musicians have collaborated with everyone that matters, from Sonny Rollins to the Lounge Lizards, Robert Altman, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Bill Frisell, Sting, Prince, Nick Cave, Ray Lamontagne and Nathalie Cole and tons more.

28 April: Musette Explosion 
Musette Explosion is a trio from New York City featuring Will Holshouser (accordion), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Marcus Rojas (tuba). In this very special band they bring the beautiful Parisian musette style to new places through virtuosic improvisation and original pieces, sonic surprises and adventurous playing, shot through with a sense of fun and an emotional depth. 

16 March: JAI Trio 
The New York debut of the exciting new project featuring three virtuosos.  (J)enny, (A)l, and (I)saac are a trio with two guitars and a violin.  They met at a festival three years ago in Austin, Texas and have joined forces for this beautiful sonic combination in a tintillating program of music spanning classical, contemporary, and tango works by Astor Piazzola, John Truitt, Preston Stahley, Antonio Rojas, Arvo Pärt, and Clarice Assad.

3 March: Pyeng Threadgill
Described as “charmingly eclectic" by St Louis Today, Pyeng Threadgill sings ‘New Porch Music’ crafting an intimate journey through folk and Jazz with Afro-electronic inflections. Her fourth solo album and multimedia project entitled Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song, shines a light on hair, adornment and ancestry, and the societal and political as well as spiritual conflicts therein.

7 February: Marco Cappelli's Nesbo Project
Marco Cappelli has led an extraordinary artistic path, first becoming familiar with rigorous written music, then with free improvisation languages. His newly released album “Norwegian Landscapes” is freely inspired by the noir novels of Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. 

19 January: Erik Friedlander
“Today's leading cello innovator and a stalwart of the creative music scene in a rare solo performance showcasing some of the highlights from his diverse range of projects.”

6 January: The Michael Leonhart Orchestra
“A rare semi-private performance of The Michael Leonhart Orchestra, NYC's most exciting large ensemble.”

 8 December: The Ahn Trio
“A very rare NYC pop-up concert by the in-demand Ahn Trio marks the end of the first year of the Rizzoli Music Aperitivo.”

 9 November: Jane Ira Bloom
“Award winning soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom presents "Wild Lines," her project for jazz quartet and spoken word, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson.”

 21 October: Yacine Boulares and Vincent Segal
“In a special duo show, Yacine Boulares and Vincent Segal will present music from Suites for Abu Sadiya along with readings of poems and songs from the Tunisian Stambeli tradition.” 

 14 September: Dida Pelled featuring Spencer Murphy and Andrew Millar 
“New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled will be interpreting remarkable songs by a group of underground female artists who wrote music and lyrics often well ahead of their time.” 

 2 August: Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce featuring Jeff Friedman 
“A stripped down version of Roy Nathanson's band Sotto Voce will be joined by poet Jeff Friedman for an evening of odd and beautiful stories/songs performed in the shade of Rizzoli's forest of books.”

 17 June: Camille Bertault & Chico Pinheiro
“These young stars of the French and Brazilian jazz scenes launch a series of live performances at Rizzoli Bookstore that will spotlight international talent and spark cross-pollination between music and books.”



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