From Sept. 29 through Oct. 9, JAZZMI, the festival dedicated to jazz music, which will resonate in the spaces of more than 80 locations, will be staged in Milan. Among them, one of the temples of the genre is certainly the Blue Note, a legendary venue where some of the biggest international names have played. In addition to the concerts, the well-known venue in the Isola district will also host an interesting photography exhibition, the result of Roberto Polillo‘s work spanning more than half a century.
Born in Milan, Polillo is the son of the well-known jazz critic in Italy, as well as one of the main promoters of the genre and a personal friend of such giants as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, for whom he organized concerts along the Peninsula.
At the Blue Note Roberto Polillo will exhibit his series titled “Jazz Drummers“, which collects shots starting from the 1960s, when following the first concerts he began to become passionate about the role and figure of drummers, often hidden and in the background, dancing with drumsticks, hidden by shadows and mountains of cymbals being struck or stroked.
The exhibition is curated by Roberto Mutti and will remain on display until Dec. 31, 2022. The 16 black-and-white shots confirm the inquisitive approach of a true aficionado and connoisseur of the genre, who has portrayed some big names such as Max Roach; Elvin Jones; Art Blakey; Tony Williams; Roy Haynes; Shelly Manne; Jack Dejohnette; Kenny Clarke; Dannie Richmond; Art Taylor; Louis Bellson; Sunny Murray and Billy Cobham.