Enzo Jannacci

Enzo Jannacci
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Enzo Jannacci in 2009
Background information
Birth nameVincenzo Jannacci
Born(1935-06-03)3 June 1935
OriginMilan
Died29 March 2013(2013-03-29) (aged 77)
GenresFolk music, Pop music
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1956–2011

Vincenzo Jannacci (3 June 1935 – 29 March 2013), more commonly known as Enzo Jannacci (Italian pronunciation: [(vintʃ)ˈɛntso janˈnattʃi]), was an Italian singer-songwriter, pianist, actor and stand-up comedian. He is regarded as one of the most important artists in the post-war Italian music scene.[1]

Jannacci is widely considered as a master of musical art and cabaret,[2] and in the course of his career has collaborated with many famous Italian musicians, performing artists, journalists, television personalities and comedians. He has written around thirty albums and soundtracks, some of which have since come to be seen as milestones in the history of Italian popular music.[3]

A cardiologist in his day job, he is also regarded as one of the founders of Italian rock and roll music, along with Adriano Celentano, Luigi Tenco and Giorgio Gaber, with whom he collaborated for over forty years.[4]

Early life

Enzo Jannacci was born in Milan on 3 June 1935. On his father's side his family is from Apulia in the far south: his grandfather, also called Vincenzo, moved to Milan from Bari just before the onset of the First World War. His mother's side of the family is from Lombardy.[5]

His father was an aeronautical official and worked at Forlanini airport (now more commonly known as Linate). During the Second World War he took part in the Italian resistance movement, in particular during the defense of Milanese aviation at Piazza Novelli, an act which later inspired songs such as Sei minuti all'alba ("Six Minutes to Dawn").[5]

After finishing high school at the Liceo Scientifico Leonardo da Vinci, Jannacci graduated in harmony, composition and conducting at the Milan Conservatory.[5] Later in 1967 he graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Milan.[5] He left Italy for South Africa and United States to specialise in cardiac surgery, where he joined the team of Christiaan Barnard, the famous surgeon.[5][6] On 23 November 1967 he married Giuliana Orefice, who gave birth to Paolo, their only child, five years later. Today Paolo is a musician and conductor.[5]

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русский: Янначчи, Энцо
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українська: Енцо Янначчі