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2016-08-26

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"A trumpeter of abundant poise" - The New York Times

Dominick Farinacci

Featuring: Dominick Farinacci (trumpet)
Dan Kaufman (piano)
Mathias Kunzli (drums/percussion)
Jonathan Michel (bass)

Dominick Farinacci just released his Mack Avenue Records debut, "Short Stories", a compelling suite of music with a repertoire that spans genres and generations united by the trumpeter-composer's soulful conception. Bringing together songs from Tom Waits, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves and the gypsy kings, as well as original compositions, Farinacci has managed to create his own musical universe, aided by musicians of the highest caliber. A short glance at the artists he and four-time Grammy-winning producer Tommy Lipuma involved speaks for itself: Christian McBride, Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jacob Collier, Jamey Haddad and Gil Goldstein, and more.

Farinacci had already achieved enough stature by his mid-teens that Wynton Marsalis offered to help him set his sights on coming to New York, and by 2001, Farinacci was one of only four trumpeters in the world to be selected as the inaugural students in the Juilliard School's first jazz curriculum. During his school years and afterwards, Farinacci immediately distinguished himself as a soloist/bandleader/composer with a vision.

Due to his accomplishments in music & wellness, Farinacci was invited to do a TED talk in Washington, D.C., and has been invited to perform by the Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company on numerous occasions. Community-based campaigns Farinacci has developed and led include a partnership with the US Marines to help child victims of Hurricane Sandy, a music project working to bring together the jazz and gospel communities in Cleveland (Spirit of The Groove), a fundraiser to benefit victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and an interdisciplinary visiting artist series bringing national jazz artists into various academic settings.

There are so many superlatives thrown around these days that they seem to have lost their effect; but as this unique and deeply grounded album sinks into your consciousness, you will undoubtedly come to the conclusion that Dominick Farinacci is not only one of the truly outstanding musicians of his generation, but also that what is behind the music is nothing short of miraculous. In Farinacci's own words: "While 'Short Stories' is the title of this particular recording, it has come to represent a culmination of things I'm most passionate about: performance, education, music & wellness and community-based cultural collaborations, unfolding in the music and touring around the world."

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