Saturday, November 21, 2020

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Gianni Sanjust


Gianni Sanjust was born in Rome, Italy into a family of the Sardinian nobility on June 22, 1934. He had the titles of knight, noble, noble of the barons of Teaulada and the noble treatment of don, but it does not appear that he ever used them.

He studied the clarinet as a self-taught student. In 1952 together with Peppino De Luca he formed the Traditional Dixielanders with whom he played until 1955, when he joined the Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band, with which he remained until 1960, when he was replaced by Lucio Dalla. From 1960 to 1962 he played with Romano Mussolini.

Later he moved to Milan and an important position at Dischi Ricordi record company and joined the local traditional jazz bands. In 1977 he returned to Rome and resumed his jazz career almost full time, alternating it with his activity as a record producer.

Sanjust appeared in the film “Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone. He also composed the music for numerous film projects. Among his best-known compositions, the soundtrack of the second episode of “Capriccio all’italiana (Il Mostro della Domenica) directed by Steno.

In 1960s Sanjust was a songwriter for Paolo Conte, Bobby Solo, Quelli and others. He also recorded as a singer and author of the lyrics the song You Forget Me for Un disco per estate 1965 and wrote the Italian text of the song Il ballo di Simone, a song sung by Giuliano ei Notturni. In his recording career he was also the producer of Franco Califano, Mia Martini and Mietta, and wrote with Antonello de Sanctis and Gabriele Varano Angeli in the Ghetto, song performed by Nek.


SANJUST, Gianni [6/22/1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 1/8/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, songwriter, musician (clarinet), co-founded the ‘Traditional Dixielanders’ [1952-1955], member of the ‘Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band’ [1955].

$20,000 on Number 7 – 1968 (co)

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