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Fabrizio Bosso Quartet

DCJF Performance Date(s) and Venue(s)

June 17, 2018 6:30PM
District Pier Southwest
900 Wharf Street, SW
Washington, District of Columbia

Free Event

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“Fabrizio Bosso is a great Italian trumpeter, an authentic and worldwide established jazz star: he has already participated in live and studio projects that have gained acclaim and recognition for his huge expressive talent and his impressive technical qualities.”

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“Not listening to Italian trumpet sensation Fabrizio Bosso is like fixing your gaze on the ground when Diwali fireworks light up the sky! […] Every once in a while a new star bursts upon the spangled sky, demanding attention even among the glitter. Bosso went supernova right from the beginning when he started his musical career as a band leader and has since only improved. He is a man whose music isn’t something to be missed.”

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Post-bop Italian jazz trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso started learning the trumpet at the age of five, graduating only ten years later from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin at  age fifteen. Upon graduating he was awarded a scholarship to study at St. Mary's College in Washington D. C.

He started his professional career in 1993 touring with major bandleaders such as George Russell, Dave Liebman, Steve Coleman, and later Gianni Basso, Enrico  Pieranunzi, Rosario Giuliani, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley. In 1999 he was awarded as   Best New Talent through a survey promoted by Musica Jazz magazine and in 2000 released “Fast Flight”, his debut album as leader on Red Records. 2002 saw the release  of “Jazz For More”, the first of a series of recordings with the High Five Quintet, followed in 2004 by “Jazz Desire”, then in 2008, on the prestigious label Blue Note, “Five For  Five” and “Split Kick” in 2010 on Blue Note Japan. “Handful of Soul”, Mario Biondi’s album released in 2006 on Schema Records is yet another of the High Five Quintet’s noteworthy recordings which catapulted the italian singer into worldwide fame.

In 2007, Blue Note released one of Bosso’s major recordings “You’ve Changed”, featuring a jazz quartet and a 13-string orchestra masterfully arranged and conducted by Paolo Silvestri, with renowned jazz musicians such as Stefano Di Battista, Bebo Ferra, Dianne Reeves and Sergio Cammariere, to whom Bosso owes his first steps into the   world of pop music and his first appearance at the Sanremo Festival in 2003.

Again on Blue Note, together with Javier Girotto, co-founder of the “Latin Mood” quintet, Bosso released “Sol!” in 2008, followed in 2012 by “Vamos”, on Schema Records.

With his Spiritual Trio (Alberto Marsico, Hammond organ and piano - Alessandro Minetto, drums), Bosso first released “Spiritual” in 2011 and “Purple” in 2013 on Verve/Universal.

2011 marked another turning point in his career with the recording, in London’s Air Studios, of “Enchantment - L'incantesimo Di Nino Rota”, a tribute recording to Nino Rota, with the London Symphony Orchestra and rhythm section members Claudio Filippini, Rosario Bonaccorso and Lorenzo Tucci. The music was arranged and conducted by Stefano Fonzi.


A year later Bosso released “Face To Face” on Abeat Records, in duo with the accordionist Luciano Biondini.  Meanwhile Bosso continued to perform in many prestigious venues and festivals in Italy and abroad, namely in Japan where he is immensely  successful.

In addition to his jazz engagements, Bosso regularly performs at the Sanremo Festival with artists such as  Sergio Cammariere, Simona Molinari, Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli.

He has collaborated in several cross-over projects produced by ATER (Uomini in Frac, Memorie di Adriano, Amore che vieni Amore che vai, Pensieri e Parole) and also interart projects such as Il Sorpasso with live performances on stills from Dino Risi’s homonym masterpiece, or Shadows, a tribute to Chet Baker with Julian Oliver Mazzariello on the piano and Massimo Popolizio as reciter. A new project titled “Knock Out”, dedicated to Jack London. is starting in february 2018, with Luciano Biondini and the stage actor Silvio Castiglioni.

Bosso’s career also includes numerous performances as solo trumpeter, with important conductors such as Wayne Marshall or Maria Schneider. He also featured as special guest in Alessandro Cosentino’s jazz-rock version of La Bohème: “Mimì è una civetta”.

In November 2014 Bosso and Julian Oliver Mazzariello released Tandem, their much-awaited duo album on Verve/Universal (with special guests Fiorella Mannoia and Fabio Concato), followed in the spring 2015 by “Duke”, a tribute to Duke Ellington (again on Verve/Universal) with Bosso’s newly formed quartet (Julian Oliver Mazzariello, piano, Luca Alemanno, double-bass and Nicola Angelucci, drums) supported by the six-piece Paolo Silvestri Ensemble. In the wake of their musical encounter, Bosso, Mazzariello and Concato furthered their musical collaboration with the live project Canzoni and later the album “Non Smetto Di Ascoltarti”, released on Warner Music in May 2016.

In 2016 Fabrizio Bosso invited the young Italian jazz singer Walter Ricci to record some tunes with his Spiritual Trio in the album for Espresso’s Italian jazz CD collection, “Jazz Italiano Live 2016” and to take part of many concerts in Italy.

That same year Bosso toured extensively in Italy and abroad with his Quartet; consequently Warner Music released the double CD and LP “State of the Art Live!” in  April 2017, recorded live during the Quartet’s 2016 concerts in Rome, Tokyo and Verona.

At the Umbria Jazz Festival, in July 2017, Bosso presented his new project: a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, The Champ, arranged by Paolo Silvestri. Bosso’s quartet was supported by Paolo Silvestri’s 9-piece brass ensemble.

In October Bosso and his quartet toured Korea for the first time, achieving great success. Late 2017 Warner Music asked Bosso if he’d be willing to record a Christmas album  with Mazzariello, Ferrazza and Angelucci and he accepted. The new album, Merry Christmas Baby, was released on 24th November in Italy and on 8th December in France and features as special guests Karima (The Christmas Song) and Walter Ricci (Frosty the Snowman, Grown-Up Christmas List, Jingle Bells Rock, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve).