KOCH Records Signs Trumpeter Dominic Farinacci

KOCH Records is happy to announce the newest addition to its burgeoning jazz roster, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci. Having previously recorded six albums as a leader on Japan's M&I label, the 25-year-old Juilliard School graduate is set to release his highly anticipated debut U.S. album, "Lovers, Tales, and Dances" on February 24th, 2009.

The album features some of the greatest players in jazz, including Kenny Barron, James Genus, Marc Johnson, Lewis Nash, Jamey Haddad, Joe Lovano, and Joe Locke. The record also features guest vocalist Hilary Kole, and string arrangements by Rich Derosa. "Lovers, Tales, and Dances" is produced by the legendary Russ Titelman.

When asked about the inspiration behind the record, Dominick stated, "This is some of the music that has become closest to my heart over the years: songs written by composers from many parts of the world; including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, France, and Japan. All of these songs have a beautiful lyrical quality about them, which I feel reflects some of my most important influences: Clifford Brown, Harry James, Freddie Hubbard, Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, and others."

Chuck Mitchell, VP of Jazz/Adult Music for KOCH Records, adds, "It has been many years since I've heard a jazz musician under 30 as genuinely gifted and mature as Dominick Farinacci. For his first KOCH project, we're pleased to have assembled a supporting cast of some of the greatest musicians in jazz, guided by a producer who's truly one of the great talents in modern recorded music. From the breadth of its repertoire, to the variety of its voices, to the warmth and rich lyricism of Dom's sound, 'Lovers, Tales and Dances' is an album for everyone to savor."

Dominick has won various awards over the years in the States and in Japan. He 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, an honor previously awarded to Diana Krall and Christian McBride. Many of his recordings have placed #1 on the Swing Journal Jazz Charts. In the United States, Dominick was the recipient of the ITG Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2003.

At 15, Dominick was "discovered" by Wynton Marsalis in Cleveland, Ohio. Wynton invited Dominick to appear as a featured soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on a PBS broadcast, "Live from Lincoln Center." While studying with Warren Vache and Wynton Marsalis at the Juilliard School, Dominick was also featured at Lincoln Center on a tribute concert to Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, "Night of the Cookers." Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with many high-profile jazz artists such as Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Ira Sullivan, Mulgrew Miller, Carl Allen, Jason Miles, and Joe Labarbera.

Dominick recently signed with The Jazz Tree, a well-known management company in New York City that currently represents Taylor Eigsti, Kurt Elling, Bennie Maupin, and New York Voices; and whose roster of past clients over the years has included Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Ray Brown, J.J. Johnson, Jim Hall, and Michel Petrucciani.

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-second year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. Its record label KOCH Records is the # 1 independent label in the U.S. and had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for seven years in a row (2001 - 2007). KOCH Entertainment is a subsidiary of Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO.L").

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