Gene Bozzi is the Principal Timpanist and former Principle Percussionist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the orchestra in Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra and Bartok Sonata for Piano and Percussion with Emanuel Axe.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bozzi has performed in many jazz groups in concert and club settings and has performed with such notable greats as Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow and Pat Metheny, and appeared with Gerry Mulligan in a concert performance of Mulligan’s “Birth of The Cool” compositions.
His interest in Brazilian music brought him together with pianist Catalina Szabo to form the Brazilian Jazz group “Samba Brasil”. He has performed Brazilian jazz with the Claudio Roditi Quartet, and toured Russia with the Hendrik Muerkins Quartet in 2007.
Among the many stars Gene has played with are, Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He has also accompanied Andrea Bocelli on two North American tours.
Bozzi is the creator and Artistic Director for the innovative HSO Jazz & Strings series now in it’s third season. Performances have included The Stan Getz piece “Focus”, “Charlie Parker with Strings” and Ella Fitzgerald sings the George Gershwin Songbook”.
He is a percussion instructor at Wesleyan University and Trinity College, and serves as the Music Department Chair at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Many of his former students perform with orchestras and celebrities throughout the country.