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The Gatsby Cafe in Rome, a melting pot of gypsy and American jazz sounds

The Gatsby Cafè is an experience to live. Not only because it is located in the most multi-ethnic neighborhood of Rome, but also because it is an interesting bistro with a Northern European vibe which you can’t miss exploring at least once. It is precisely here that exotic flavors blend with Central European furnishings to create an unusual place. And if all this is born in a space that is already in itself a riot of styles and trends, then something unrepeatable emerges.

Piazza Vittorio is one of the most fascinating squares ever in Rome, where the design, created by the great architect Gaetano Koch after the Unification of Italy, with majestic palaces supported by porticoes and columns, acts as a solemn backdrop for the central garden with the remains of the nymphaeum of Alexander. The Piazza Vittorio orchestra was also born here, made up of musicians from all over the world, a symbol of this reality with all its multiracial shops that create an interesting crossroads of cultures. A place that, unfortunately, in recent years has experienced an unjustified degradation, but which is reviving thanks to the commitment and stubbornness of some local entrepreneurs like the owners of the Gatsby Cafè that, having opened about three years ago, offers its gastronomic and musical menus in such an iconic place.

A 1950s design salvaged from a former hatter’s shop, where the original furniture has been adapted to fit the functions of a bar, and where jazz concerts, theatrical readings and vernissages are organized. “Food for the body and mind” reads a subtitle of the Gatsby Cafè, because here you can enjoy brunches, breakfasts, aperitifs, dinners or even a simple tasty coffee.

But above all you can listen to concerts of refined sensibility, such as Terre Gitane, a trio that offers an overwhelming jazz manouche, Danilo Cucurullo on the microphone, Lorenzo Bucci on the manouche guitar and Emiliano Pallottii on the accordion. The jazz manouche is that musical genre that draws its origins from the culture of the Manouches nomads, one of the main gypsy families of the continent. A tradition that mixes gypsy music, already a melting pot of different cultures, with the sounds of American jazz and the melody of the French Musette Waltz.

The Terre Gitane trio is born from the rubble of the Gipsy Italien, boasts a record in its assets and numerous concerts and participation in national festivals. A sound that immediately intoxicates the heart, the result of mixtures between swing and gypsy rhythm, with a musical heartbeat full of energetic expressiveness. The Terre Gitane propose a concert that ranges between the notes of French poetry and the accents of the North American melody, with skillful focus on artists such as Django Reinhardt, Charles Aznavour, Brassen, Chaplin, Brel, Edith Piaf and Trenet.

Friday, April 26th, Terre Gitane at the Gatsby Café, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 106, Rome.




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