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Guest Artist Concert: Andrea Tofanelli, trumpet

Andrea Tofanelli

Tue. Feb. 27 @ 7:30 PM, Bezanson Recital Hall - FREE

Guest Artist Concert: Andrea Tofanelli, trumpet

With Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz faculty & faculty trumpeter Eric Berlin; part of Tofanelli's first U.S. tour

Featuring Jeff Holmes’ Suite for Four Trumpets & Rhythm Section and big band arrangements Stevie’s Wonders, Chameleon & 5th Mahler Street

Bio: Andrea Tofanelli was born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy). In 1979, at the age of 14, Andrea started working with some local semi-professional big bands and commercial music groups, and in 1984 he began performing professionally in the classical music field, while attending the Conservatory at the "Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini" in Lucca (Italy). 

In the jazz music field, Andrea Tofanelli has performed with great jazz musicians like Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, Denis DiBlasio, Paul Jeffrey, Carl Anderson, Lee Konitz, and many others. He performed as soloist also with the Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, the Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra, the Opus78 Big Band, the Rowan University Big Band, the New England Jazz Ensemble and the Harmonie Bascharage (Luxemburg 2006).

In 2006, he performed as soloist at the “Maynard Ferguson Tribute” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis (USA), now released also in DVD (2007). He also performed as soloist at the 2008 International Trumpet Guild conference in Canada.

In 1999 Tofanelli recorded his first solo CD entitled "Mattia's Walk & Tribute to Maynard Ferguson" released by the Italian label Splasc(H) Records. His second solo CD, "Ricordo di...Napoli," a tribute to Neapolitan Italian music, was released by the Italian label, Fonotecnica, in 2001. During his USA 2005 Tour he recorded with the Artisan Brass the “Romantic Celebration” Suite for jazz trumpet and brass quintet, composed by the Grammy-nominated composer Brent Pierce.