Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bonifazi, Frank (Paul)
Bonifazi, Frank (Paul), whistler and guitarist; b. Utica, NY, 24 October 1955. His ambition is promoting professional puccalo (his name for whistling as an instrument) within the jazz idiom. Influences include puccalo trail-blazers Ron McCroby (who died in October 2002), Toots Thielemans, Elmo Tanner, and leading musicians on other instruments as well. He performs such pieces as "Spain" and "Giant Steps" and writes multi-track pieces for puccalo and guitar that expand the current range of puccalo material.
Self taught on flute and saxophone; studied jazz theory and guitar with David Newsam, 1992-1994 (adjunct teaching staff, Berkeley School of Music, Boston MA); 1998-present studied jazz theory and performance with Mark Sloniker, noted jazz performer and recording artist (Bill Board Magazine Top 10 award winner).
Other education includes degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; and Forestry from Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths NY.
He's had numerous live performances in Northern Colorado region, both with jazz bands and as a solo performer. He got First Place in the Popular Music Category at the International Whistling Competition April 2003.
Currently a software product manager, Hewlett-Packard Co. Fort Collins, CO.
Married to Wendy Bonifazi, writer. Son, Jesse Bonifazi, certified recreational therapist.
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