Lino Patruno has been in show-biz for many
years. His experience ranges from concert jazz
performances, studio recordings, TV and cabaret
actor, theatre and cinema, to bandleader, film
music composer,jazz festival organizer and
Lino Patruno began his career in the first of
the jazz bands active in Milan in the 50’s.
Among the bands he led,are the notable
“Riverside Jazz Band” in the 50’s and 60’s and
the “Milan College Jazz Society” in the 70’s.
In 1964 together with Nanni Svampa, Roberto
Brivio and Gianni Magni, he founded “I Gufi”
(The Owls), the first exemple of Italian Cabaret
inspired by that of the French.
From the Milan Cabaret scene the four actors
moved to theatre, taking their show around Italy
until 1969, the year in which the group broke
Following this in the early 70’s, Lino Patruno
with Nanni Svampa continued his theatrical
activity with Franca Mazzola, appearing in some
TV Shows of notable success: “La Mia Morosa
Cara”, “Addio Tabarin”, Un Giorno Dopo l’Altro”,
“Una Bella Domenica Di Settembre…”.
Patruno in the meantime returned to his jazz
activities which he had laid aside due to his
many activities with the “Gufi”, and he made a
series of records and TV programs with some of
the great Jazz performers of the day (Albert
Nicholas, Joe Venuti, Bill Coleman, Wingy
Manone, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Dick
Cary, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Miller, Billy
Butterfield, Bob Wilber, Peanuts Hucko, Bob
Haggart, Spiegle Willcox, Pee Wee Erwin, Barney
Bigard, Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood, Earle
Warren, Jimmy Woode, Tony Scott, Kenny Davern,
Wild Bill Davison, Bucky Pizzarelli…).
His greatest success came about, however, in his
participation in the TV show “Portobello”.
With Pupi Avati, he wrote the screenplay of the
film “Bix” which represented Italy in the 1991
Cannes Festival, producing the soundtrack
arranged by Bob Wilber.
In the 1990/91 season he conducted the TV show
“A Tutto Jazz” for the “Cinquestelle” Network,
in 1993 “L’Occhio sulla Musica” for RAI 3.
Among the International Festivals in which he
has taken part, we remember that of Sanremo
(Italy) in 1963, that of Nice (France) in 1976
and 1977, Breda (Holland) in 1978, in
Switzerland (Lugano, Lucern, Bern), in Italy
(Pompei, Palermo), Dusseldorf (Germany), all in
the 80’s, and in USA (Davenport-Iowa and
Libertyville-Illinois) in the 90’s.
Lino Patruno lives in Rome, where he is also
involved in cinema. Among the films in which he
has taken part, we remember “Amarcord”
directed by Fellini, and “ The Last Days of
Mussolini” directed by Carlo Lizzani with Rod
Steiger and Henry Fonda, and among the
sound-tracks he has composed: “Guerra di Spie”
directed by Duccio Tessari with Jean Rochefort
and Marisa Berenson, “Crimson Dawn” directed by
Marcello Aliprandi with Franco Nero, of which he
was also Producer.
Among the most recent theatre sound-tracks, we
like to point out “Ti amo Maria” with Carlo
Delle Piane (now also a film), “Last of the Red
Hot Lovers” by Neil Simon with Maurizio Micheli,
“Crimes of the Heart” directed by Nanni Loy. We
remember him moreover as theatre actor in
“Pellegrin che vai a Roma” by Michele L.
Straniero, “Capitan Fracassa” by Thèophile
Gautier with Giancarlo Zanetti and “La signora
in Blues” directed by Bruno Maccallini.
And not least, he is known for his work with the
RAI Television, having composed the music for
all silent short films by Charlie Chaplin (60
We also note that Lino Patruno has been a member
of the jury of David di Donatello (the Italian
Movie Oscar), of the European Film Academy and
for the Italian nomination of the Oscar in USA.
Also for many years he has occupied himself as
Art Director for Jazz Festival in Italy (San
Marino, Mosciano Sant’Angelo, Crotone, Etna Jazz
with Romano Mussolini).
From 1985 he has directed his “European Jazz
Stars”, which has included amongs others Oscar
Klein, Roy Williams, Roy Crimmins, Isla Eckinger,
Gregor Beck and the unforgettable Henry Chaix
and Peter Schilperoort (The “Dutch Swing
In 2000 Lino Patruno wrote his autobiography:
“Lino Patruno, una vita in jazz e non solo…”
(Pantheon Publ.) and recorded his late Cd’s in
Ascona during the Jazz Festival with Ed Polcer,
Bob Havens. Allan Vachè, Jim Galloway, Tom
Baker, Dan Barrett, Evan Christopher, Rebecca
Kilgore, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank
Vignola, Marty Grosz, Al Viola, Andy Stein, Bob
Wilber, Kenny Davern, Randy Sandke…
His last 3 CD’s was printed in USA on Jazzology
In 2005 he took part in the film "Forever
Blues", directed and interpreted by Franco Nero,
both as a musician and actor, and as writer and
performer of the soundtrack and the theme song
of the film won the following awards: Nomination
for the "David of Donatello", "Foreign Press
Golden Globe", "Fregene for Fellini".
In May 2011 he played to represent Italy at New
Orleans & Heritage Jazz Festival.