Recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, and at the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards, Dominick Farinacci has garnered critical acclaim around the globe. Upon the release of his U.S. debut CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, the great Quincy Jones stopped by the hip Los Angeles club Vibrato to check out a show by the now 30- year-old trumpeter. Farinacci had recorded an obscure Q composition, “The Theme from the Pawnbroker.” Jones’ classic response: “This kid is 360 degrees!”—a reference to the cosmopolitan, culturally expansive range of American and world music influences Farinacci brings to his own music.
Over the years, Farinacci has won numerous awards that speak to his wide-ranging impact and appeal: the International New Star Award (along with Diana Krall and Christian McBride) and Disney New Star Award. He was also invited to perform at the O2 in London, opening for Jamie Cullum and Jeff Beck. In January 2012, he was featured on an hour-long segment of NPR’s “Jazz Rising Stars.” Launching his recording career overseas with an incredibly prolific run of six albums from 2003-2007 on Japan’s Pony Canyon/M&I Records, the NYC based artist blossomed with the full throttle eclectic approach he took to Lovers, Tales and Dances, the first jazz recording produced by legendary three time Grammy winning pop/rock producer Russ Titelman (formerly with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, James Taylor, etc…)
Dominick was personally invited by music legend Wynton Marsalis to headline the newly established Jazz At Lincoln Center Doha in Doha, Qatar. Since then, he has been invited to return for a one-month residency later this year. He is the creator and Artistic Director for a youth outreach program in his hometown of Cleveland, at the Tommy Lipuma Creative Center for the Arts. This unique community program has reached over 5,000 kids in the past year.
Between Cleveland and NYC (where he lives), Dominick initiated a toy-drive campaign to help children devastated by Hurricane Sandy, partnering with the US Marine Toys for Tots. Together they and raised over 3,000 toys which were delivered to kids in affected areas around the Holidays.
Dominick also serves as an artistic consultant to the newly established Amy Winehouse Foundation.