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Dario Chiazzolino (b. 1985) is a multi-award winning Italian guitarist and composer. One of Italy’s most in-demand jazz musicians yet still in his twenties, he performs regularly and records with many top European and American jazz musicians.
The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Dario has been playing guitar professionally since age 14. He was the first-prize winner of The Umbria Jazz Festival at age 21, and has been nominated as best guitarist from Italian Jazz, Guitarlist and as Artist of the Year from D-Mag.
Dario has performed in jazz festivals across Europe, and regularly appears in clubs in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Russia and Croatia.
His “Principles Sound” project consists of Yellow Jackets members Bob Mintzer, Russel Ferrante and Jimmie Haslip. In 2012 they released the CD "Lost in the Jungle", and following the recording, Dario was invited to take part in the Yellow Jackets 2012 Tour.
In 2010 an original Latin Jazz project was formed, featuring Dario Chiazzolino, guitar, Dany Noel Martinez, bass, Horacio "El Negro"Hernandez, drums, Ivan Bridon and Ivan Melon Lewis, piano, Carlos Sanduy, trumpet, and singer Concha Buika. They released the album "Proposition" (and other main latin icons as Ramón Porrina, Jerry Gonzáles, Inoidel González, Javier Masso “Caramelo“, Fernando Favier, Diego Guerrero, Ivette Falcón Urgate, Daniel Martínez Miranda) .
Dario has also performed and or recorded with Billy Cobham, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Andy Sheppard, Aaron Goldberg, Russel Ferrante, William Kennedy, Rick Stone, Felix Pastorius, Julio Barreto, Dominique Di Piazza, Taylor Eigsti, Antonio Faraò, Willie Jones III, Jimmy Haslip.
An in demand educator, Dario has been teaching in Italy for 15 years, and has held teaching residencies in many schools and universities in Italy, Uk and Spain.
Born and raised in Turin Italy, Dario holds a bachelor degree from Giuseppi Verdi Conservatory in Turin, and a masters degree from Università della Musica, Rome.
"Dario Chiazzolino is in the line of the greatest jazz guitarists and composers. A truly great musician with Big ears and Big heart."- Andy Sheppard - saxophonist, composer, arranger
"Dario Chiazzolino is a dynamic and colorful guitarist and composer. He paints a compelling picture with his music."- Bob Mintzer - saxophonist, composer, arranger