Puppet Jazz! The history of Jazz in six puppets by and with Enrico Intra. The program

For the first time, in the memory of man and puppet, jazz music, represented by its most famous names, meets and dialogues with a company of wooden heads, the work of Carlo Colla & Figli. Six great jazz names, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Enrico Rava tell their stories through the puppets who impersonate them on stage. They play, in agreement with the performers in flesh and blood, the immortal melodies that have handed them over to history through six very young emerging musicians, who give sound to the instruments of the marionettes of the Carlo Colla & Sons.

the magic number

But seven is the magic number, because on stage there is also a great jazz name, as well as the creator of the show, Enrico Intra. Everything is accompanied by the narrative voice of Klaus Bellavitispresent on stage alongside the puppets, based on text by Maurizio Franco, which characterizes each character animated by the puppeteers on sight, i.e. without the use of the maneuvering bridge. The six very young emerging musicians who give sound to the puppet instruments are the best students of Civic Jazz Courses in Milan.

The songs performed are:

Jazz Puppets (Live Enrico Intra)

Potato head blues (Louis Armstrong)

TheMooch (Duke Ellington)

Ornithology (Charlie Parker)

Acknowledgment (John Coltrane)

Jean-Pierre (Miles Davis)

Spider blues (Enrico Rava)

C-Jam blues (Duke Ellington)

Swing (Klaus Bellavitis)

The first performance will be in Milan on 10 October

The premiere of the show was on Sunday 24 September 2023 at 12:00 in Novara, at the Spazio Nòva gardens in Viale Ferrucci 2. There are 11 puppets on stage and a total of 15 people present on the stage at the same time. In Milan the first performance is scheduled for October 10th at the Atelier Carlo Colla & Figli.

text by Maurizio Franco

acting and singing voice Klaus Bellavitis

live musical performance

students of the Civic Jazz Courses of Milan

Matteo Vertuatrumpet

Giovanni Amodeoalto sax and clarinet

Alessandro Barzelattotenor sax and clarinet

Matteo Maranzanapiano and keyboards

Luca Caiazzadouble bass and electric bass

Daniele Delfinodrums

guest soloist Marco Marianitrumpet

musical arrangements Luca Missiti

sculptures, lights and scene Franco Citterio

costumes Maria Grazia Citterio And Cecilia Di Marco

tool shops

Debora Coviello, Pietro Monti, Giovanni Schiavolin, Paolo Sette

lighting technician Camillo Cosulich

sound engineer Stefano Spina

technical direction Tiziano Marcolegio

puppetry direction Franco Citterio And Giovanni Schiavolin

the puppeteers

Franco Citterio, Maria Grazia Citterio, Cecilia Di Marco, Pietro Monti, Giovanni Schiavolin, Paolo Sette


Musica Oggi Cultural Association

Grupporiani Association – Milan

Municipality of Milan – Affiliated Theatre

with the contribution of the Ministry of Culture – Jazz Music Promotion Notice

2023 edition

duration: 70 minutes without intermission

recommended for ages 5 and up

from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 October 2023

Atelier Carlo Colla & Figli

Via Montegani 35/1 Milan

M2 Abbiategrasso / Tram 3

Tuesday 10 October 2023 – 8.00 pm

Wednesday 11 October 2023 – 8.00 pm

Thursday 12 October 2023 – 8.00 pm

Friday 13 October 2023 – 8.00 pm

Saturday 14 October 2023 – 4pm

Sunday 15 October 2023 – 4pm


Wednesday 11 October 2023 – 10:00 am

Thursday 12 October 2023 – 10:00 am

Friday 13 October 2023 – 10:00 am


full price €16, concessions under 25 €10, concessions over 65 €8, concessions for Feltrinelli members €12

reduced rate for Municipality of Milan employees €10, green ticket At the Theater with Fidaty – Esselunga

the show is included in the circuit of Invitation to the Theater


by telephone, by calling the numbers

02.21119151 – 02.89531301


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