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Italian A Day – the music and story of Alfredo Morena Sr.

The story of Italian composer Alfredo Morena Sr. is one that spans generations. Born in 1891, in the town of Marsiconuovo, in the province of Potenza, Morena was the son of Giuseppe Morena, who served in the army during the … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Proverbi Italiani “Impara l’arte e mettela da parte”  – “Learn a trade and put it aside”. Regional dialects of Italy are rich in proverbs. Proverbs were particularly important during the turn of the 19th century as many … Continue reading

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Un Minuto con…

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com “Torna a Surriento”: The song “Torna a Surriento” was written by Ernesto De Curtis in 1902, and the lyrics were composed by his brother Giambattista. Growing in popularity over the years, the song has been sung by … Continue reading

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Harry Warren and the Music of Film

Composer and lyricist Harry Warren was the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film. Born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, in Brooklyn, in 1893, Warrens’ Italian immigrant parents changed the family’s name to Warren when Harry was young. From an … Continue reading

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Remembering Pino Daniele

Beloved Italian singer-songwriter Pino Daniele, whose guitar skills and vocal abilities influenced such a wide range of musical genres, passed away over the weekend at the age of 59. Born in Naples, Daniele taught himself how to play the guitar … Continue reading

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Day 24 of 31 Days of Italians – Tony Bennett

Resiliency best describes legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett. His musical career has spanned well over half a century, having created his own singing style that integrates jazz with voice imitation of instrumental solos. Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto , in 1926, … Continue reading

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NIAF Gala Q&A with Louis Prima Jr.

Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses will bring their high-energy, big band sound to NIAF’s “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night, during the Gala weekend, performing songs from their latest album “Blow,” and getting the crowd on its feet! … Continue reading

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#MusicaMondays Brings You ” ‘O Sole Mio” (My Sunshine)

It’s time for another #MusicaMondays, when Team NIAF brings you the original Neapolitan lyrics to some of the most popular songs we all know and love, along with the English language translations side by side, so that those of us … Continue reading

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