I want to thank the Italian musicians Pat Pagano, his retired dad Mario and everybody who brought a touch of Italy back to me with the first CD called "Dedicata a Napoli" and also with the second CD "International Flavor".
I heard the first time about these blessed musicians in Café Amalia in Welland which became almost a second home for me and my wife Elizabeth.
When I grew up in Germany I traveled regularly with my motor scooter to Italy. I even got a student job in San Benedetto del Tronto on a camp site.
All visitors identified me in broken German as an Italian. Do Italians understand broken German better than proper spoken one?
Nevertheless the close contact with the local people was a life experience in enjoying little things even when you are really short on money. An essential part of that was the music.
Amalia borrowed me the two CD's and I asked Pat whether he gives me the permission to use the music for a slideshow for Café Amalia and for others which I am preparing for travel guides. The permission was granted and I started to use the music.
I installed at the end of this web site several links to slide shows where I used Pat's music. If you like what you hear and you have an upcoming event just contact him or Nino for more information.
A party wit Pat Pagano at Café Amalia
Unfortunately we were not in Welland when this party took place. Amalia recorded video clips with her I-Pad and I published some of them on YouTube - please use the link below to watch it.
Amalia and her husband Costantino became very fast our friends. Use the links at the end of this site to get some impressions about Italian hospitality in Canada.
The following is what Pat Pagano and Nino Palazzolo have to say about their music:
Pat Pagano and Nino Palazzolo perform music for your listening and dancing pleasure with repertoire
that ranges from easy listening, jazz, standards, latin and dance material that spans the decades.
Pat has been involved as a professional musician all his life having performed as a drummer, bassist, keyboards and flautist, he has traveled extensively and has accompanied some of the big names in Italian music with his father, Mario, who conducted the orchestra.
Nino plays guitar, keyboards, bass and sings. He is the CEO of WCCB Inc., director of Music Express, a music teacher at St. Thomas of Villanova, and Music Director for Theatre Alive which, incidentally, has performed many musicals at St. Clair Centre for The Arts. Music Express has performed throughout the county area, and has traveled extensively performing at many venues world wide. Nino has also performed at the Casino and the Windsor / Detroit area over the past 30 years.
Together, Pat and Nino have entertained audiences and continue to receive positive responses in various venues. A perfect addition to your facilities ambience, listening and dancing menu.
Pat still performs with Nino Palazzolo and other prominent musicians in the Windsor/Detroit/County area.
We had a very nice celebration of the upcoming New Year 2012 at Café Amalia in Welland. I would have loved to see Pat and his friends here. But the place is certainly too small to accommodate not only the musicians but also the crowd which would come.
I learned that Pat is also the founder of The ICHA Fishing Derby which raises awareness and funds for handicapped children across the county. Held at The Ambassador Riverfront Park, this event will be celebrating it's 10th year anniversary next year.
Aldo - one of Amalia's sons has a fishing business and I start dreaming of having some kind of event in our area.
It would be nice to meet Pat in person and thank him again for all of his support.