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THE WEEKEND IN SIENA: JAZZ, FILMS AND HALF-PRICE CHAMPAGNE


Riccardo del Fra with Roy Hargrove
Tribute to Chet Baker


Siena Jazz always manages to take me by surprise. This week with their tribute to French Jazz that brings double bass player Riccardo del Fra into town. The Italian musician has played and recorded with Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Enrico Pieranunzi and Roberto Gatto, but he is also behind one of my favorite contemporary Jazz records - Soft Talk - which he recorded in 2000 together with French pianist Michel Graillier. He plays in Siena for free. So you better show up early at Circolo La Tuberosa (via Vallepiatta, 10). 


FESTIVAL SUONA FRANCESE (Paris - Siena), Friday 19th of April 2013, 9.30 pm


RICCARDO DEL FRA - contrabbasso

TIMOTHEE QUOST - tromba
OLIVIER CHAUSSADE - sax tenore
NOE’ MACARY - piano
ARIEL TESSIER - batteria
ACHILLE SUCCI - sassofoni
CAMILLA BATTAGLIA - voce
SILVIA MANCO - piano
FRANCESCO FIORENZANI - chitarra
GIOVANNI MIATTO - basso elettrico
CARMINE CASCIELLO - batteria


If you understand a bit of Italian, you may want to continue your cultural weekend in Siena with watching one of the films that are on show during the CAMPO & CONTROCAMPO film festival. The title of the 2013 edition is Corruzione e Potere (Corruption and Power) a topic that definitely comes at the right time, considering Siena's Monte dei Paschi crisis which continues to go from bad to worse. 

Not in the mood for culture, art & co.? Just wanted to drown your worries in a bit of alcohol? Try Un Tubo's Laurent Perrier night on Friday then (be sure to make a reservation). Buffet and two glasses of bubbles for 25€. And every extra glass of vintage Champagne for half of the price the whole night long. It won't be cheap, but it was your decision to skip the free Jazz concert in town. 

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