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.
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At this point in my life, I have listened to so much music and so many musicians that nothing surprises me anymore (or almost). But I must confess that when I went to Barga Jazz Festival (Italy) this summer and heard the orchestra rehearsals for the first time, especially when I heard Andrea Tofanelli for the first time as he guided the trumpet section from stratospheric heights with swing and sound as big as a house, I was left literally speechless and very keen on getting to know better this musician whose trumpet seems to start where it leaves off for most other trumpeters...
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
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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.