Francesco Bonifazi
Biography
Francesco (Frank) Bonifazi has earned international recognition both as a jazz musician and as whistler. He was invited by a panel of music producers and jazz musicians to appear at the 2005 International MusiCamdo Jazz and Blues Festival in Camerino, Italy, and to compete for the prestigious Massimo Urbani Award. After numerous performances and elimination rounds, Bonifazi made it to the finals?and his impromptu performance afterwards drew the SKY- Satellite TV Network TV camera crew back to the stage for broadcast. And in 2003, his award-winning performance in the 2003 International Whistling Convention's popular music category was captured by ?CBS Sunday Morning,? the BBC, and PBS.

Bonifazi played jazz flute and saxophone before focusing on whistling. His ?puccalo? (as it was dubbed by the late great jazz whistler Ron McCroby) is as complex and versatile as voice, piano, guitar and other instruments. He also plays guitar and sings. He has appeared internationally and nationally with bands, singers, and as a soloist, accompanying his whistling with guitar and vocals.

Bonifazi?s recently released CD, ?Air Play,? reflects his breadth and depth of musical styles including bebop, ballads, Brazilian, blues, and modern jazz. It also includes several of his own compositions, including the romantic ballad, ?Heaven;? the compelling, rhythmic ?Funky J;? and the up-tempo multi-track humor of ?Self Talk.?

He frequently collaborates with Billboard Magazine Top 10 pianist Mark Sloniker, and their interplay is a highlight of the CD. Bluegrass musician Patrick Sites lends his mandolin on ?Summertime.?

Bonifazi and his wife Wendy, a journalist, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In addition to traditional music venues, he also performs at private parties, schools, corporate events, health facilities, and festivals.