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 Gildo De Stefano is a musicologist and journalist beside being the art director of the Ragtime's Italian Festival. Expert of the musical universe in general, with  a particular fondness for American music, he’s a first rate jazz authority and he graduated in Sociology of Mass Communication.. Among his books: Il Canto nero (Negro Song, Gammalibri, Milano), Storia del ragtime (Ragtime’ History, Marsilio, Venezia) the only one in Italy and in Europe, two editions, Trecento anni di jazz (Three hundred years of jazz, SugarCo, Milano), musical anthropology of the blacks in America, Jazz moderno (Modern Jazz, Kaos, Milano), Vesuwiev Jazz (E.S.I., Napoli), Il popolo del samba (Samba’s People,  RAI-ERI, Roma), with the préface by Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Ragtime, Jazz & dintorni, (Around Ragtime and Jazz, SugarCo, Milano), with the prèface by Amiri Baraka. He has written monographs on Frank Sinatra (Marsilio, Venezia), Vinicio Capossela (Lombardi, Milano), illustrated by Sergio Staino, Francesco Guccini (Lombardi, Milano), Louis Armstrong (E.S.I., Napoli), The Voice (Coniglio, Roma), Una storia sociale del jazz (A social history of jazz), with the préface by Zygmunt Bauman, Saudade Bossa Nova (Logisma, Firenze), with the préface by Chico Buarque de Hollanda, a couple of books with the friendly contribution of the Italian showmen Renzo Arbore and Gianni Minà. He has collaborated with the RAI-Italian RadioTelevision, for whose broadcasting structure he has conducted various transmissions on the jazz, and with many newspapers and magazines, both Italian and foreigner. He regularly writes essays for the Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana (New Italian Music Journal) and collaborates with the Italian Encyclopaedia Treccani for entries on Afroamerican musicians. Among the many awards he won a National Prize of Journalism and he resulted one of the finalists of the literary Prize Calvino for unpublished works. He teaches Afroamerican Musical Civilisation in the Italian universities and music conservatories and he has  also published three e-book: a biographical novel on Malcolm X, entitled Ballata e morte di un gatto da strada (Ballad and death of a cat in the street), with a preface by Claudio Gorlier, the supervision of Robert Giammanco and an essay by Walter Mauro; and the story collection Racconti partenopei (Neapolitan stories); and Lo zoo di Scampia (Zoo Scampia).

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