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New Orleans Musician Puts Gypsy in the Jazz with This Famous Italian Song

New Orleans musician Daniele Spadavecchia lays it all out for you and shows you what gypsy jazz is all about. Tu Vo Fa L’Americano (So You Want to Be and American) written in the 50s, was a very popular Italian song. Daniele in the video it explains its origins.

New Orleans Musician Puts Gypsy in the Jazz with This Famous Italian Song

In my humble opinion Daniele one of the finest purveyors of Gypsy Jazz in the world.

This song is lively, fun and funny especially if you know the meaning of the words. Basically it has to do with young Italian men after WW2 who wanted to emulate the American military who were in Italy at the time.

They wanted to dress like them, drink whiskey and soda, play baseball, dance rock and roll and smoke Camel cigarettes. And where do they get the money for this? “La borsetta di mama” – from their mother’s purse!

If you listen very carefully you will hear these references in the song spoken in English. It might take one or two listenings to get it.

This is a real toe tapper that can be listened to over and over again. I perform it at my gigs at the Neutral Ground Coffee House and although it’s a bit of a tongue twister for me I never tire playing it, the the crowd loves it too.

Daniele does a bang up job with this and his playing and singing are fun, solid and wonderfully musical.

What do you think? Love it, hate it, indifferent?

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