Born in an antifascist family (his paternal uncles had been seriously engaged in the antifascist resistance during World War II), Sergio Veschi supports the political struggle, especially that of the students and juvenile movements of his town and, in particular, that of Milan State University where he is enrolled as a working student in the faculty of political science, also holding some leading roles in the years 1969-73.
Towards the end of his political militancy he is asked to organize jazz concerts within the cultural activities promoted by the Movement.
Therefore, he organizes different concerts with American and Italian groups in the years 1973-76, among which Max Roach quartet, Don Cherry, Mal Waldron, Sam Rivers and others. He is also concerned with the promotion and diffusion of jazz music, mainly addressed to young people and workers, involving several Italian jazzmen, which leads to a famous (for that time) Italian Jazz Festival in the Main Hall of Milan University between late 1974 and early 1976.
From which, on his own initiative, 5 live records are taken and distributed by by ECP (Editions Culture Popular) an independent label which no longer exists.
These records are:
VPA 101 Giorgio Gaslini Quartet - Concerto della Resistenza
VPA 102 Claudio Lo Cascio New Jazz Society - South-East Pipe-Lines
VPA 103 Mario Schiano - Concerto Della Statale
VPA 104 Quartetto di Guido Mazzon - Ecologia Ecologia
VPA 105 Patrizia Scascitelli - Patrizia Scascitelli
The night when Alberto Alberti called him to suggest to record the trio of Sam Rivers ("The Quest" VPA 106), passing through Italy from Hong Kong to attend the Bergamo Jazz Festival, comes the Red Records, a longest label of Italian jazz, defined by Joe Henderson "The Blue Note of Europe".
This record, and the previous one (VPA 107), witness the end of one of the most important Festival ever organized in Italy and, at the same time, the birth of one of the labels that have contributed to record the history of Jazz.
Nuove Tendenze Del Jazz Italiano Vol.2
Label: Edizioni di Cultura Popolare
Catalog# VPA 108
Recorded at the State University of Milan, 1975,
November 28, 29 and 30
A1) Metamorfosi Mediterranea - 13'55"
Antonello Salis (p), Riccardo Lai (bass), Mario Paliano (drums)
a) Tarantolata - 2'10"
b) Spagna Libera - 3'30"
Pino Distaso (g)
Andrea Centazzo (perc)
B1) Itinerari - 13'55"
Renato Geremia (fl, viol, p), Mauro Periotto (bass), Toni Rusconi (perc)
B2) Moto Continuo - 5'50"
Piero Bassini (p)