„Jazz is not just music, it’s feelings, moods expressed with an Instrument. In my case, the trumpet.“ Those are the words of a seasoned trumpet player, not of a ten year old boy yearning to play this Instrument. It was not a chance encounter that made Mauro Brunini pick up the trumpet at this tender age, it was like the trumpet was waiting for him.
The Italian jazz scene quickly noticed the talents of this young graduate from the Conservatorio Cantelli in Novara/Italy, and over the years offered him opportunities to share the stage with many of the leading Italian jazz greats such as P. Iodice, P. Fresu, D. Douglas, T. Tracanna, G. Comeglio, E. Soana, A. Zanchi, and G. Cazzola.
Mauro left musical footprints on many European club or theatre stages, among them the Blue Note, the Dal Verme Theatre or the Verdi Auditorium in Milano, the KKL in Lucerne, or at Festivals in Montreux, Lugano, or Ascona. He is a much sought after player for American bands touring Europe. He also won the National Italian Jazz competition in 2001, and was a finalist in 2005 and 2011 for the Massimo Urbani International Award, the most important Italian contest for jazz soloists.
His band features the classical jazz setup: quartet with horn, piano, bass and drums, and its style ranges from soothing ballad sounds to fast and furious bebop. His current projects include „Jazz Around Brazil“ and „Trumpet with Strings“, a tribute to the music of Chet Baker, played and arranged for trumpet, jazz trio and string quartet.