Biography

Born in Cairo, Egypt.   British Subject by Maltese father.   Italian mother.   International studies in Cairo, Egypt and Florence, Italy.

Today residing between Italy, Nice, and Los Angeles.

Non artistic curriculum

1950s - Interpreter-translator in English, Italian and French with the South African Legation; the Australian Legation and finally in the office of the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Administration of the UN, in Rome.

Singing activity

From the early 50s has appeared at concerts, festivals, radio & TV productions in Europe (East & West), USA mainland and Hawaii.       

Recent important performances

January 21st 2003 at the Midem in Cannes, presenting the CD recorded in Chicago "EMOTIONS" (TCB the Montreux Jazz Label).

March 2005 - Godmother, Singer and Mistress of Ceremonies at the First "Jazz Ladies' Festival" in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

Non-singing activities

Lyric writer in English and Italian for leading Italian film composers.

Producer for Jazz shows with RAI, national Italian radio and TV, also the script writer, chooses and presents the guest artists, conducting live interviews .   Author and producer of RAI TV documentaries on famous jazz personalities.

In October 1967 she represents Italy at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree attending the creation of the European Jazz Federation where she is elected vice-president of the Division of Education.

During the 70s/80s she represents RAI at the yearly EBU (European Broadcasting Union) International Jazz Quiz, broadcast live by all member countries.  Translates simultaneously from English or French into Italian.

During the 80's/90's she produces and presents all over Italy a series of successful International Jazz Concert Seasons.

She is requested by the educational authorities to hold high-school lectures on Afro-American Music with live  jazz music, all over Italy. 

In 1983 she creates with Dizzy the "Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music" in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.   In 1987, celebrating Gillespie's 70th birthday, the school inaugurates a section dedicated to blind students.   The school closes its activities in 1996 (three years after Dizzy's passing away).

She has translated into Italian Gillespie's autobiography " To be or not to Bop" as well as various Duke Ellington writings.

Today she is working on a special Gillespie biography as well as a collection, in book form, of interviews and anecdotes regarding the many good friends, belonging to the History of Jazz, with whom she has shared over 40 years of her career.   Some names in alphabetical order:

Cannonball Adderley, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Ray Charles, Kenny Clarke, Chick Corea, Kenny Drew, Jack De Johnette, Paul Desmond, Duke Ellington, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Von Freeman, Errol Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Gonsalves, Percy Heath, Johnny Hodges, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Keith Jarrett, Connie Kaye, Lee Konitz, Michel Legrand, Abby Lincoln, Charles Mingus, Helen Merrill, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, George Russell, Bud Shank, Archie Shepp, Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, Toots Thielemans,  Ed Thigpen, Joe Zawinul, and others.

 


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