Fabrizio Bosso started learning the trumpet at the age of five, graduating at fifteen from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin. Upon graduating he was awarded a scholarship to study at St. Mary’s College in Washington D. C. In 2000 Bosso released “Fast Flight”, his debut album as bandleader. 2002 saw the release of “Jazz For More”, the first of a series of recordings with the High Five Quintet, namely “Jazz Desire” in 2004, “Five For Five”, issued in 2008 on the prestigious label Blue Note, and “Split Kick” in 2010 on Blue Note Japan. “Handful of Soul”, Mario Biondi’s album released in 2006 on Schema Records is yet another of the High Five Quintet’s noteworthy recordings, which catapulted the Italian singer into worldwide fame.
Since the start of his career, Bosso has collaborated with illustrious musicians such as – to name but a few – Enrico Pieranunzi, Rosario Giuliani, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 2007 Bosso issued on Blue Note one of his most important albums, “You’ve Changed”, recorded with a jazz quartet and a 13-string orchestra, masterfully arranged and conducted by Paolo Silvestri, featuring renowned guests Stefano Di Battista, Bebo Ferra, Dianne Reeves and Sergio Cammariere. To the latter Bosso owes his first steps into the world of pop music and his first appearance at the Sanremo Festival in 2003.
Again on Blue Note, together with Javier Girotto, co-founder of the Latin Mood quintet, Bosso released “Sol!” in 2008, followed by “Vamos”, on Schema Records in 2012.
In 2010 Bosso released “Spiritual” with Alberto Marsico and Alessandro Minetti; the trio’s second album, Purple, was issued in 2013 on Verve/Universal, followed by the album “Spiritual Trio featuring Walter Ricci”, recorded live in Rome’s Casa del Jazz in 2016.
In 2011 he recorded, in London’s Air Studios, Enchantment – L’incantesimo Di Nino Rota with the London Symphony Orchestra and rhythm section members Claudio Filippini, Rosario Bonaccorso and Lorenzo Tucci. The music was arranged and conducted by Stefano Fonzi.
A year later Bosso released “Face To Face” on Abeat Records with the accordionist Luciano Biondini, a project for which the duo later developed alternate versions; one of these versions, arranged for a show dedicated to Jack London, featured a string orchestra and a narrator, performed by the stage actor Silvio Castiglioni.
Bosso concurrently held numerous concerts in several prestigious venues and festivals in Italy and abroad, garnering great success, namely in Japan, where he regularly returns with his projects.
In addition to his busy performing schedule on the international jazz scene, Bosso is a regular guest at the Sanremo Festival, performing with artists such as Sergio Cammariere, Simona Molinari, Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli. Foremost conductors, namely Wayne Marshall and Maria Schneider, regularly invite Bosso to perform as solo trumpeter. Moreover, at the invitation of the lamented Ero Righi, artistic director of Modena’s ATER, Bosso has over the last ten years been a regular participant – together with Rita Marcotulli, Javier Girotto, Peppe Servillo, Cristina Donà, Furio Di Castri, Enzo Pietropaoli and other colleagues – in the popular tribute concerts to some of the great Italian singer-songwriters: Domenico Modugno, Adriano Celentano, Fabrizio De André, Lucio Battisti.
In November 2014 Bosso and Julian Oliver Mazzariello released “Tandem”, their much-awaited duo album on Verve/Universal (with special guests Fiorella Mannoia and Fabio Concato), followed in the spring 2015 by “Duke”, a tribute to Duke Ellington (again on Verve/Universal) with Bosso’s newly formed quartet (Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Luca Alemanno and Nicola Angelucci) supported by Paolo Silvestri’s six-piece brass ensemble. The arrangements and direction were again entrusted to Paolo Silvestri’s proficiency.
In the wake of “Tandem” and their live project “Canzoni”, Bosso, Mazzariello and Concato recorded the album “Non Smetto Di Ascoltarti”, released on Warner Music in May 2016.
That same year Bosso toured extensively in Italy and abroad with the Bosso Quartet; consequently Warner Music released the double CD and LP “State of the Art Live!” in April 2017, a live recording of the quartet’s 2016 concerts in Rome, Tokyo and Verona.
At the 2017 Umbria Jazz edition Bosso presented his new project: a captivating tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, “The Champ”, arranged by Paolo Silvestri. Bosso’s quartet was supported by Paolo Silvestri and his 9-piece brass ensemble.
In October 2017, Bosso and his quartet toured Korea for the first time, achieving great success.
Later that year Bosso accepted Warner Music’s invitation to record “Merry Christmas Baby”, the label’s Christmas album with his quartet (Mazzariello, Ferrazza and Angelucci), featuring special guests Karima and Walter Ricci.
In 2018, the Bosso Quartet toured Spain, China, Turkey and the USA, where it first performed at Washington’s prestigious DC Jazz Festival (no mean feat considering very few Italian musicians have been invited to take part in the festival, and never with their own band); thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Embassy in Washington and the Italian Cultural Institutes in the US, additional concerts were put on in Chicago, Greensboro, North Carolina (where the quartet gave a tornado-relief concert to support the rebuilding of local elementary schools), and New York.
That same year Bosso also initiated several noteworthy collaborations. In the first Bosso formed the quartet “Connections” with his lifelong friend Rosario Giuliani and band members Alberto Gurrisi on the Hammond organ and Marco Valeri on the drums. The second collaboration, on the other hand, opened for both its protagonists a road less travelled by: indeed, in their combo “Revolutionary Brotherood”, Bosso and the young pianist Giovanni Guidi co-lead a quintet complemented by three rising stars of the New York jazz scene: saxophonist Aaron Burnett, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Joe Dyson. In 2019 both bands will record their first albums in studio.
The third partnership Bosso launched in 2018 was with with the trombonist, composer and arranger Mauro Ottolini, who expressly developed “Storyville Story”, a project devoted to jazz at its origins. In addition to its two leaders, the new sextet counts amongst its members Glauco Benedetti on the sousaphone, Paolo Birro on the piano, Paolo Mappa on the drums, with Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke’s vibrant voice in some of the songs.
In December 2018 the sextet gave its first concert at the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival, later performing in other important international festivals (Crossroads, Vicenza Jazz, Verona Jazz, Sanremo, Umbria Jazz, Bielsko-Biala).
During that same festival, on New Year’s Eve, Bosso recorded “Tandem Live at Umbria Jazz Winter”, an intense live with Julian Oliver Mazzariello released in June 2019 on Warner Music. The album’s promotion led to an intense summer tour in Italy and three Brazilian concerts in Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia and Vitoria.
And just fifteen days later, in September, Bosso and Rosario Giuliani held nine concerts dates in Japan.