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Featured Artists - Chieli MInucci

Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group SPECIAL EFX featuring CHIELI MINUCCI which formed in 1982. They have recorded and released a combined 31 CDs, 8 of those being solo releases.

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2018 marked their 35th anniversary as a recording & concert touring act. “Deep as the Night” from the band’s 2017 CD with that same title was recently named the number one Smooth Jazz Song for 2018 by Billboard. The music of Special EFX has been described as “accessible yet slightly experimental music that combined Smooth Jazz, Rock and various African and Latin rhythms.”

In addition Minucci has recorded and performed with top pop artists such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bolton, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, The Lao Tizer Band, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others.

Chieli comes from a musical background. His father, Ulpio Minucci (concert pianist/composer) wrote the American songbook standard and 1955 hit song, “Domani” (sung by Julius LaRosa), as well as “A Thousand Thoughts of You” and “Felicia” (both sung by Nat King Cole).

Also known as a composer for television and film Minucci has won three Emmy Awards in 1998, 2007, 2008, and in addition has been nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for his eclectic compositional work on CBS’s “The Guiding Light”, which holds the record as the longest running TV show in American history.  

He has written music for well-known programs such as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, The 700 Club and others. He also contributed music to the soundtracks of Bowfinger (1999 Universal), Legally Blonde (2001 MGM) and Panic (2000 Artisan).

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Minucci composed and produced the soundtracks for the Broadway Across America/Nickelodeon live stage productions of the international hit TV series, Dora the Explorer (Dora’s Pirate Adventure, The City of Lost Toys, and Return to the City of Lost Toys), all of which toured.  He also wrote and recorded original songs for the live stage production of Thomas & Friends Live™, (both Thomas Saves The Day! and A Circus Comes to Town).

He has contributed to the score of Peter Pan (Herrick Entertainment/Threesixty Entertainment), which premiered in June of 2015 and toured throughout the USA.

In August 2012 Prof. Chieli Minucci joined Beijing’s DeTao Masters Academy as a DeTao Master of Modern Music.

The latest album release from Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci is called 'All Stars' and was released in 2020.

Chieli is our Featured Artist Of The Week on our website and the new single release entitled 'Sunset Passion Juice' is featured on our STREETJAZZ Show No.930.

Chieli has also recorded a TIME OUT show featuring songs from Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci PLUS tracks from his own personal mucic collection.

Click to listen to ' TIME OUT SHOW with Chieli Minucci '

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