Headliner Announced for Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Saturday Afternoon Performance by Barbara Parker

Returning to the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival for his third appearance, jazz trumpeter and Cleveland native, Dominick Farinacci will headline this year’s Saturday afternoon performance on September 3 at the Avalon Theater in Easton at 2:00 p.m.

Dominick-2Last here in the 2012 season, and before that in 2011, Dominick once again brings his mix of international rhythms to the stage, filtering a wide variety of styles through the “lens of jazz” to consolidate his passion for bringing cultures and people together through music. In his own words, because “I believe it helps foster a deeper understanding of each other.” As Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center, and in his work with The Cleveland Clinic, both in Ohio and in Abu Dhabi, Dominick has had the opportunity to forge bonds across cultures.

In his most recent release “Short Stories” Farinacci has teamed with former combat veteran Jaymes Poling who served in Afghanistan in the 82nd Airborne Division, to tell through music stories of what it is to be a veteran of war. This is an ongoing project, but the first video is built around “Soldier’s Stories,” a song about a soldier coming back from war facing the realities of civilian life. The overarching intent of the series is to “break through the various boxes that have been built” on both the veteran and civilian side of reentry for soldiers in an effort to create better support systems for them as they return.

The first video “Soldier’s Things” addresses this very issue. This video can be viewed on YouTube and on Farinacci’s Facebook fan page. Also available is “Bamboleo” from his album release concert at Lincoln Center.

Thrilled to be appearing once again with Monty Alexander, whom he calls “one of the greatest artists of our time,” Dominick is looking forward to his return to Easton.