Armando Trovajoli

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Armando Trovajoli
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Armando Trovajoli (born September 2, 1917, Rome, Italy - died February 27, 2013, Rome, Italy) was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor. He was married to the italian actress and singer Pier Angeli.

As a child he learned to play the violin, showing a remarkable musical talent. In 1937, he became a member of orchestra Rocco Grasso and in 1939, he played with Sesto Carlini's orchestra, one of the most renowned Italian jazz bands of that time.

After the Second World War, he resumed his musical career, alternating between playing jazz and light music. In 1948, he gained further academic qualifications, graduating in piano and composing from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. In 1949, he was chosen to represent Italy at Festival du Jazz de Paris, where he played with double bassist, Gorni Kramer and drummer, Gil Cuppini. In the following year he began a long series of recordings titled "Musica per i vostri sogni". In collaboration with Piero Morgan (also known as Piero Piccioni), he made a series of radio shows, one of the first Italian experiments to present jazz piano performances with a string orchestra. About the same time he began to have success as a popular songwriter, using the pseudonym Roman Vatro. In 1952, he was invited by the film director Alberto Lattuada to write the music for his upcoming movie Anna. One of the songs "El Negro Zumbon" became a worldwide best seller. In the same year, Trovajoli performed as a concert pianist playing Gershwin music under the direction of Artur Rodzinski at San Carlo theatre in Naples and Willy Ferrero at Basilica di Massenzio in Rome. In 1953, in addition to writing the music for the film "Due notti con Cleopatra", he served as the orchestra director at Festival della canzone di Sanremo, repeating this role in 1957. He gained more international success with the song "Che m'è mparato a ffà", recorded by Sophia Loren in 1958.

In 1962, Trovajoli, who had previously worked on some variety shows, composed the score for the musical comedy "Rugantino".

Travajoli wrote the soundtracks for many movies, working with film directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Marco Vicario, Dino Risi, Luigi Magni and Ettore Scola.

In 2007, he was awarded the "Premio Speciale David di Donatello" in recognition of his achievements.
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Instruments & Performance

PA 115 Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Fascinating Rhythm / Sophisticated Lady(Shellac, 10") Parlophon PA 115 Italy 1950 Sell This Version
PA 116 Armando Trovaioli - Yesterdays / Easy To Love album art Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Yesterdays / Easy To Love(Shellac, 10") Parlophon PA 116 Italy 1951 Sell This Version
PA 117 Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Lady Bird / All The Things You Are(Shellac, 10") Parlophon PA 117 Italy 1951 Sell This Version
A 24 Armando Trovaioli - Mambo Bacàn / Nives album art Sophia Loren Mambo Bacàn (as Armando Trovajoli) Sophia Loren - Mambo Bacàn / Nives(Shellac, 10") Knäppupp A 24 Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Trovajoli Jazz Piano album art Trovajoli* Trovajoli* - Trovajoli Jazz Piano (Album) RCA Italiana, RCA Italiana Italy 1959 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Donne-Moi Ma Chance / De Jour En Jour / Je Ne T'Aime Plus / Pourquoi Partir album art Sophia Loren Sophia Loren - Donne-Moi Ma Chance / De Jour En Jour / Je Ne T'Aime Plus / Pourquoi Partir (EP) Barclay Portugal 1963 Sell This Version
60.362 Armando Trovaioli - Je Ne T'Aime Plus / Pourquoi Partir album art Sophia Loren Sophia Loren - Je Ne T'Aime Plus / Pourquoi Partir(7", Single) Barclay 60.362 Belgium 1963 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Ciao, Rudy album art Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Ciao, Rudy (Album) Vik Italy 1967 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - I Solisti Di Armando Trovajoli album art I Marc 4 I Marc 4 - I Solisti Di Armando Trovajoli (Album) SR Records (6) Italy 1968 Sell This Version
2MJP 1064 Armando Trovaioli - Italian Jazz Graffiti album art Various Afternoon Blues (as Armando Trovajoli) Various - Italian Jazz Graffiti(LP, Comp) Musica Jazz 2MJP 1064 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
TCDL 362 Armando Trovaioli - Signori... Mina! Vol. 4 album art Mina (3) Mina (3) - Signori... Mina! Vol. 4(CD, Comp) Raro! Records, Fonit Cetra TCDL 362 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Softly album art Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Softly (Album) RCA, RCA Japan 1994 Sell This Version
CdJ3_04 Armando Trovaioli - Omaggio A Armando Trovajoli album art Dino E Franco Piana Jazz Orchestra Dino E Franco Piana Jazz Orchestra - Omaggio A Armando Trovajoli(CD, Album) Casa Del Jazz CdJ3_04 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
none Armando Trovaioli - Bones: A Collection Of GHP Snacks 2008-2012 album art Go Home Productions Little Shakie Roxanne (as Armando Trovajoli) Go Home Productions - Bones: A Collection Of GHP Snacks 2008-2012(16xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Not On Label (Go Home Productions Self-released) none UK 2012
DAD134 Armando Trovaioli - Trovajoli Jazz Piano album art Trovajoli* Trovajoli* - Trovajoli Jazz Piano(LP, Album, Mono) Doxy DAD134 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
C03004CD, none Armando Trovaioli - The Beat Generation album art Armando Trovajoli E La Sua Orchestra* Armando Trovajoli E La Sua Orchestra* - The Beat Generation(CD, Album, RE, RM) Contempo Records, RCA C03004CD, none Italy 2015 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

A25V - 0018 Katyna Ranieri Katyna Ranieri - Canzone Da Due Soldi(Shellac, 10") RCA Italiana A25V - 0018 Italy 1954 Sell This Version
A25V-0027 Katyna Ranieri Katyna Ranieri - Aveva Un Bavero / Non è Mai Troppo Tardi(Shellac, 10") RCA Italiana A25V-0027 Italy 1954 Sell This Version
LPM-1755 Armando Trovaioli - One Night In Naples album art Armando Trovajoli* Che M'e' 'Mparato A Fa' (as Trovajoli) Armando Trovajoli* - One Night In Naples(LP, Mono) RCA Victor LPM-1755 US 1958 Sell This Version
45N 1014 Armando Trovaioli - Ammore E Sole / Strignete Nu Poco A Mme album art Renato Rascel Renato Rascel - Ammore E Sole / Strignete Nu Poco A Mme(7") RCA Italiana 45N 1014 Italy 1959 Sell This Version
45N 1117 Armando Trovaioli - Amare È Una Favola / Quel Primo Bacio album art Renato Rascel Renato Rascel - Amare È Una Favola / Quel Primo Bacio(7") RCA Italiana 45N 1117 Italy 1959 Sell This Version
45N 1115 Armando Trovaioli - Questo Amore Ai Confini Del Mondo (Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) album art Armando Trovajoli* Armando Trovajoli* - Questo Amore Ai Confini Del Mondo (Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film)(7") RCA 45N 1115 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Silver Blue  album art Tony Del Monaco, Armando Trovajoli* Tony Del Monaco, Armando Trovajoli* - Silver Blue RCA Italy 1961 Sell This Version
Armando Trovaioli - Boccaccio '70 album art Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani - Boccaccio '70 (Album) RCA Italiana, RCA Italiana Italy 1962 Sell This Version
75 709 Armando Trovaioli - Boccace 70 (Bande Sonore Originale Du Film) album art Various Riffa Chacha (as Trovajoli) and 1 more… Various - Boccace 70 (Bande Sonore Originale Du Film)(7") RCA Victor 75 709 France 1962 Sell This Version