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William Donati

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William Donati played piano and harpsichord on 3 Tampa label LPs in the mid-1950's. I have discographical information about the 3 LPs but need biographical information about him. Information such as birth and death dates, locations, career, other music, etc.

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Got your email about this--all of my reference books that might contain any information are at my office.  I'll be there tomorrow and will try to see if I can find out anything.  I'm also going to post your query to the West Coast jazz listserv, given that Donati recorded for Tampa.

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Says here he was born in Italy and has traveled the world extensively giving concerts.

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It also advises to set the needle down, so maybe this is some Jack Webb shit?

Studied in Rome, came to the US in March of 1955:

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Val Valentine, hey, a Zappa connection!

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That Tampa LP is the only recording of Donati listed in the Lord disco, which say its "jazz content is limited". 

Fred Katz and Carson Smith are on cello and bass, btw.

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James Harrod found this at his local library. Has important information.

 

Ancestry

 
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California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: William Donati
Social Security #: 554505415
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 27 Dec 1919
Birth Place: Other Country
Death Date: 7 May 1997
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Ricotti
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
Original Data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
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On 14/09/2019 at 8:16 AM, JSngry said:

Says here he was born in Italy and has traveled the world extensively giving concerts.

91r46bqVwrL._SL1500_.jpg

It also advises to set the needle down, so maybe this is some Jack Webb shit?

Studied in Rome, came to the US in March of 1955:

R-9065158-1480141290-7547.jpeg.jpg

Val Valentine, hey, a Zappa connection!

& a Velvet Underground one too!!

Edited by romualdo

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