Tino D'Agostino - BiographyThe Story

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Born in Italy, he studied Solfege, History of Music and Tonal Harmony at the Salerno Conservatory. In 1987, Tino obtained a bachelor Degree in Classical Trumpet, Summa Cum Laude (Salerno Conservatory). From 1986 to 1995 he performed in the Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Verdi Philharmonic, Willy Frank Jazz Orchestra and RAI (Public Italian Television) as well as for nationally known artists such as Cattaneo, Cionfoli and Andrea Bocelli. In 1990-91, he studied Arranging and Conducting with Giuseppe Mirra, Advanced Jazz Improvisation (Siena Jazz Institute) and Harmonic Analysis with Amedeo Tommasi. In 1990, he completed a Degree in Pedagogy and Didactic teaching Methods in Florence.

In 1994, he was the recipient of the “Best Bass Player Award” at the First National Bass Competition in Pesaro. In the same year, he won a full Scholarship from Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics to study Improvisation in Perugia. He was also chosen as a best bassist for the Touring Berklee/Umbria Jazz Quintet. In 1995, Tino was offered a Full Tuition scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. At Berklee, he studied Performance, Harmony and Arranging with Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Gertz and Hal Crook. In 1996, he concluded his studies in Berklee with Bachelor’s Degree in Performance, Summa Cum Laude. In 1997, he was awarded with the Bass Department Chair Award, from Berklee College.

In 1998, D’Agostino recorded and produced his first album as a soloist, composer and arranger, “Spajazzy,” featuring Mike Stern and Jim Kelly. 1998 and 1999, he toured Europe with the Steve Hunt Quintet, Jim Kelly Trio and Spajazzy, the jazz band he co-founded with Sergio Bellotti. In 2002 he concluded his Master In Education at Cambridge College. In 2004, Tino was featured on the cover of the SBO Band and Orchestra Magazine. During his career Tino he has taught music and directed individuals as well as groups ranging from small ensembles to full orchestras. Tino is currently teaching ensemble at Berklee College of Music, and he is also the director of the Arlington High School Jazz Band, Orchestra and Symphonic Band, in Massachusetts. Tino is currently writing music articles for bass players on bass magazines such as World Guitar’s Bass Player, Bassics(in USA) and Bass Guitar(UK).
Tino proudly uses Epifani Amplifiers Systems, Zon Elite Bass and DR Strings
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Tino has also been recognized at the Pirandello Lyceum 2013 Honor Awards with the I Migliori Award


New York Celebrates Italy's National Day

New York Celebrates the Italian Republic (Italiano)

A Day for Italy in New York (Italiano)


Partial Discography:
-Spajazzy, with Mike Stern and Jim Kelly
-Spajazzy Live at the 55, New York, with Steve Hunt and Bill Vint
-Spajazzy Unplugged
-1-11, Sergio Bellotti
-Napoli prima e dopo, Public Italian Television
Here is a list of some of the artists Tino has recorded or performed:
-Mike Stern
-Jim Kelly
-Steve Hunt (Alan Holsworth)
-Umbria Jazz Quintet
-Andrea Bocelli
-Danilo Rea
-Ken Zambello
-Dario Deidda
-Bruce Gertz
-Mark Greel
-Hal Crook
-Vicenza Symphony Orchestra
-Verdi Symphony
-Willy Frank Orchestra
-RAI, Italian International TV Orchestra