In 1971 Prince Pepito Pignatelli, sick of jazz and eccentric character, together with his beautiful wife Picchi opened in Rome, Italy, one of the most important European venues, an international meeting place for musicians who then wrote the history of jazz, as well as a place-forge of literary, social and musical ferment that marked the costume of the fans and not only: the Music Inn.
In this damp cellar the eldest passed, as in no other jazz club in Italy: from Chet Baker to Bill Evans, from Charlie Mingus to Dexter Gordon, from McCoy Tyner to Philly Joe Jones and Max Roach, in an endless list that changed entire generations.
His story, the same as his owners, is now told in Cocktail Bar – Storie jazz di Roma, di note, di amori, a documentary directed by Stefano Landini and Toni Lama, which retraces, together with numerous witnesses of that time, the events and the contextualised paths. Artists such as Giovanni Tommaso, Renzo Arbore, Pupi Avati, Bruno Biriaco, Franco D’Andrea, Antonello Salis, Roberto Gatto, Adriano Mazzoletti, Amedeo Tommasi, and many others who actively participated in that experience, represent – thanks to their vivid and affectionate memories – the complex textures of a vintage cross-section, here seasoned with the original soundtrack signed by Massimo Fedeli and imbued with passion and nostalgia for a fascinating musical adventure that unfortunately had a sad and tragic epilogue, but that remains always alive in the memory of those who loved and tasted the jazz of the golden age.
Storie jazz di Roma, di note, di amori
A documentary by Stefano Landini and Toni Lama
Produced by Stefano Landini and Roberto Gambacorta
Production: LCN srl
Editing: Stefano Landini
Original soundtrack: Massimo Fedeli
MASSIMO FEDELI QUINTET
Alessandro Marzi – drums
Luca Pirozzi – double-bass
Aldo Bassi – trumpet
Gianni Savelli – tenor sax
Massimo Fedeli – piano
The group, led by the author of the original music of the film, presents a live jazz with mixed repertoire of standards and soundtrack of the documentary.
Original film music:
Total duration of film + concert: 130’