Born: July 26, 1965
Andrea Tofanelli is a trumpet instrumentalist born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy) and began to study music and trumpet in 1976 in the wind ensemble of his village with some musicians close to Dean Benedetti, the famous italo-american jazz saxophonist mentioned in all officials Charlie Parker biographies. 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 simultaneously attending the Conservatory at the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L. Boccherini in Lucca (Italy). In 1987 Tofanelli finished his Conservatory studies with highest full marks, graduating cum laude. That same year he attended a 10 days Master Class given by Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet soloist and teacher at the University of Michigan) and started his first jazz studies with O. Valdambrini and S. Fanni, trumpet soloists of the RAI national network Big Bands in Rome and Milan....
Awards1988 The ECYO (European Community Youth Orchestra)- Roma
The contrast that comes about between the marketable consumer product and the work of art to be used for targeted listening is Andrea's strongest point: he knows how to reconcile form to content and content to what his listeners want to hear - all without too many compromises. And those listeners are free to choose whether they prefer to dance till they drop or let their hair down listening to those harmonics. Davide Ielmini, Jazz Reviewer
Tofanelli, Italian trumpet player, has been the only one in Italy to receive the honor of being invited to perform with the Maynard Ferguson’s orchestra in Italy, and we can understand why: his technique, very similar to that of the great Canadian trumpet master, is astonishing for its absolute mastery in the high range notes. Aldo Gianolio, Jazz Reviewer
…However, the jury has pointed out the very high level of the competition… Andrea Tofanelli was in the limelight as an excellent soloist… All About Jazz
This musician is a virtuoso, and even more, the man is gifted with a gentle heart plus a sincere emotion... His leadership is powerful with the ability to dig into the roots of every song. The arrangements are phenomenal, which prove that Tofanelli is a “maestro” of Latin rhythms and its complex compositions. His work will see more than one spot in the NY scene.
Ana Isabel Ordonez, Jazz Review
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Andrea Tofanelli is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Workshop at the "Orazio Vecchi" Institute of Music in Modena Conductor of the "L. Boccherini Institute of Music Jazz Orchestra” in Lucca.
Currently consulting with Clint "Pops" McLaughlin on the first American draft of "Embouchure - The Pros Talk" and for an instructional video on trumpet playing.