Appearing August 11th 8 pm
Stresa, Italy www.verbanella-stresa.com
August 12th 9 pm
Novara, Italy www.opificionovara.it
Pianist Billy Lester is a late-bloomer on that reticent branch of the jazz tree, the school of Lennie Tristano.
An instinctively lyrical yet unfettered improviser who creates original compositions from variations on classic American songs' chord changes, Lester -- like his mentor Sal Mosca, one of Tristano's most acclaimed students -- has developed his art almost in private. A youthful prodigy who was playing by age four, the soft-spoken, self-questioning Lester has taught piano for decades in his hometown of Yonkers just beyond New York City's limits. - Howard Mandel...president of the Jazz Journalist Assoc
This is his third consecutiveve summer tour in Italy performing with the All Star rhythm section of Marcello Testa, bass, and Nicola Stranieri, drums.
"an unusual and unique musician".."What is musically most important and interesting....is the inseparableness of Lester as a composer and instrumentalist" - Davor Hrvoj www.soundguardian
"the American pianist has chosen his path, free from any external imposition"
- Vittorio Lo Conte www.musiczoom