Dizzy Gillespie in Rome

1980.  Francesco chaperoning Dizzy Gillespie in Rome on a visit to the Circus Maximus (the Coliseum).  Dizzy remained a life long friend of the family, and founded with Lilian Terry the “Dizzy Gillespie School of Music” in Bassano Del Grappa, in Italy.

Abbey Lincoln in Rome

1980, Rome - Francesco with Abbey Lincoln

1980. Francesco age 20 at home in Rome, Italy, with the great singer Abbey Lincoln, visiting Europe with the Max Roach ensemble.  Francesco grew up in an international musical environment thanks to his mother, Lilian Terry, who for decades worked as jazz singer, TV and radio broadcaster, and concert organizer.