Renowned Trumpet Player to Perform at Scranton

Jan 27, 2010

Renowned Trumpet Player to Perform at Scranton

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Dominick Farinacci Quartet - led by world-class trumpet player Dominick Farinacci - will perform the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Carmen McRae and others at The University of Scranton on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The performance is co-sponsored by Performance Music and The Office of Equity and Diversity. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. Farinacci will be joined by pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Quincy Davis.

    A native of Cleveland, Ohio, the 26-year-old Farinacci is a graduate of The Juilliard School.  Having previously recorded six albums as a leader on Japan’s M&I Records label, he recently garnered multiple Grammy nominations for his highly acclaimed U.S. debut  album “Lovers, Tales, and Dances,” which was produced by the legendary Russ Titelman and released on Koch Records in 2009. Farinacci also received two Gold Disc awards (Record of the Month) from Swing Journal Magazine in Japan for his recordings of “Say It” and “Besame Mucho.” In 2003, he received the International New Star Award in Japan and in the United States won first place in the ITG Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition.

    At 15, Farinacci was “discovered” by Wynton Marsalis - the legendary trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize winning composer, who received an honorary degree from The University of Scranton in 1996. Farinacci later joined Marsalis in New York as a special guest for a live PBS broadcast, Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong.

    A student of Marsalis and Warren Vache, Farinacci was featured at the Lincoln Center’s tribute concert to Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, “Night of Cookers.” Over the years, he has performed and/or recorded with many high-profile jazz artists both in the United States and abroad. 

For more information about the concert, call 941-7624, or e-mail

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