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VINCE TEMPERA trio - Blue Note

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On June 21st, the VINCE TEMPERA trio performed at Blue Note in Milan, as part of the Off series.
On stage as narrator and pianist, the maestro paid homage to Italian music and cinema, with the accompaniment of Sergio Bellotti on drums and Enrico Santarelli on bass.
It was a privilege to be there and to be able to listen to and photograph an iconic Italian who has crossed and been part of the lives of millions of Italians, even if with different connotations.
For some, Tempera is linked to the surge in popularity of Japanese cartoons, which for the first time were broadcast on television and quickly became a generational staple.
Walt Disney cartoons were read or watched only at the cinema or at Christmas on TV, "Fantasia" was the most popular, but that was it.
When Japanese anime started to broadcast on both public and private television, it quickly became something not to be missed by millions of adults and kids alike.
And the same level of popularity was reached by the songs and the artists that interpreted it.
All of this at a time in which there was no internet nor social media.
For others, the name Vince Tempera relates to the greatest and most important Italian yearly musical event, the Sanremo Festival. An event that has always been (and still is) awaited for throughout the year with lots of anticipation and has always kept millions of people glued to the TV. A festival in which the competing singers as well as the musical guests have a full live orchestra at their disposal, with most performances starting with the host announcing “The Orchestra is directed by Maestro Vince Tempera” which can now be considered like a tattoo for most Italians collective memory. 
Yet others know him as a musician or composer, who has accompanied and/or composed for many great Italian singers or songwriters. Rather than just movie lovers for its soundtracks.
These are the reasons that do define Vince Tempera as a great Italian icon and a multifaceted and appreciated artist, who, needless to say, sold out at the Blue Note Off in Milan. 
Below you will find brief bios of the musicians. 
Enjoy reading it 

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VINCE TEMPERA is an Italian musician, composer, arranger, record producer and conductor.

Born in Milano as Vincenzo Tempera, he graduated in piano and composition at the Conservatory, then he started his musical activity collaborating with several beat groups such as “I Giganti” and “La Nuova Era”. He was later a member of the avant-garde musical project “The Pleasure Machine” and of the progressive group “Il Volo”.

In late 1970s he achieved a large commercial success as a composer of cartoon's opening songs. 

 He has been the composer and performer of numerous successful songs of television anime and TV series, both as conductor, composer and author of the lyrics, including Goldrake, Ape Maia, Captain Harlock, Nils Holgersson, Daitan III, Hello Spank.

The greatest success was undoubtedly that of 1978 with the song Ufo Robot, written together with Luigi Albertelli and Ares Tavolazzi, for which he even obtained the Gold Record, exceeding one million copies sold. 

The records of the singles were released under different pseudonyms, often inspired by the title of the anime of which Tempera wrote and played the music and lyrics.

He was conductor in many editions of the “Sanremo Music Festival” and in one edition of the “Eurovision Song Contest” (for Malta in 1975). 

He contributed several film scores including the Lucio Fulci films “Four of the Apocalypse” (1975), “Dracul in the Provinces” (1975), “Sette note in nero” (1977), “Silver Saddle” (1978), “Manaos” (1979), “The House of Clocks” (1989) and “The Sweet House of Horrors” (1989). 

The main theme from “Sette note in nero” was later included in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1”.

His collaborations include, among others, Zucchero Fornaciari, Lucio Battisti, Francesco Guccini, Antonello Venditti, Mina, i Nomadi, Angelo Branduardi just to name a few.

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Sergio Bellotti is an international artist. As a powerful and tremendously gifted drummer, he’s played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he’s an in demand clinician as well as a professor at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns “247 Drums” which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere.
Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio’s passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian and bassist extraordinaire, Tino D’Agostino. Together they founded and continue to lead “Spajazzy”, a jazz fusion group, which has featured guitarist Mike Stern on both of their cd releases. Good company indeed.
In addition to his professorship at Berklee, where students from all over the world come to study, Sergio Bellotti serves as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
Sergio Bellotti is the founder of the “Do You Speak Drumming?” program and often travels to Europe to conduct clinics, concerts and master classes. He is a drum artist for both Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic drums.
Sergio Bellotti has recorded or shared the stage with world class musicians such as Blues Hall of Fame and Grammy nominated Joe Louis Walker, Mike Stern, The Platters, The Drifters, Tom Scott, Nathan East, Robben Ford, Alessandra Belloni, Bernard Purdie, Rocco Ventrella and Vince Tempera just to name a few. He has performed at international festivals such as the Montreal Drum Fest, The Golden Jazz 2015 in China, Bari In Jazz 2010, Cape Breton International Drum Fest, Berklee World Percussion Festival and the PASIC and 5 consecutive KOSA festivals.
Sergio Bellotti has been based in Boston ever since arriving in 1995 and is still immersed in the city’s lively music scene. He holds down the drum throne for his weekly gig  with “We Jazz Up”. Their Tuesday night show at Slade’s has become a time honored ritual and one never knows which talented musician might visit to sit in.
In addition to being an artist, educator and clinician, Sergio ministers to the needs of drummers with his shop, “247 Drums”. The major manufacturers of drum gear have recognized his talents, and besides Yamaha, Sergio Bellotti is also an endorser for Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks and the Vibe T5 Stick which he designed himself.
Sergio Bellotti received the “Oustanding Contribution to Jazz Education” award in 2017 by the prestigious JEN (Jazz Education Network).
With more than 25 albums as a sideman and 5 as a leader, Sergio Bellotti's discography is varied and ranges from Jazz to Pop, fusion and Dance Music.
In 2023, as a composer, he won in the “best soundtrack” category at the prestigious RAI “Tulipani di Seta Nera” festival.
Whether playing, recording, teaching or supplying drummers with gear, Sergio Bellotti is truly a multifaceted artist.

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Enrico Santarelli - Bass

Born in Milano Italy, started play piano at an early age eventually moving to electric bass. He graduated from CPM in milano with emphasis on modern music and attended the Musician's Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has vast experience in all musical styles performed in more than fifty musical production and travelled extensively with various musical acts. “I have been living in Las Vegas for the past ten years and I have performed with major headliners as well as leading my own jazz trio. I ve been teaching music for clark county school district for the past four years and I am very passionate and enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge of music and watch it grow in the hands of my students and it never cease to amaze me the wealth of perspectives that each individual brings to the table that often I feel we are all learning something new together”.

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