Thursday, January 9, 2020

RIP Gianni Sanjust

Italian jazz musician, composer and songwriter Gianni Sanjust died in a Rome nursing home on January 8, 2020. He was 85. The musician was born in Rome on June 23, 1934 into a family of the Sardinian nobility, the barons of Teulada. He played the self-taught clarinet and, as a musician, together with Peppino De Luca, from 1952 to 1955 he formed the group "Traditional Dixielanders". In 1955 he was part of the Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band, where in 1960 he was replaced by Lucio Dalla. From 1960 to 1962 he played with Romano Mussolini, then moved to Milan where he worked for the Ricordi record company and, then, in 1977 he resumed his jazz activity in Rome while maintaining the record producer activity. Gianni Sanjust has edited the music of numerous film projects: among his best known compositions, the soundtrack of the second episode of "Capriccio all'italiana", "The Sunday Monster" directed by Steno. Sanjust was co-composer for the 1967 Euro-western $20,000 on #7 starring Jerry Wilson.

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