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Chieli Minucci

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Artist • Recording Artist


Artist • Recording Artist

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for over 35 years. Chieli has just recently released his 35th anniversary CD, “All Stars” (Trippin N Rhythm Records).  Chieli & Special EFX’s previous release saw title track, “Deep as the Night”, won Billboard Magazine’s 2018 top honors, best-song-of-the-year. In addition, Minucci has recorded and performed with top pop artists such as Celine Dion, Lou Reed, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bolton, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Eartha Kitt, Eddie Fisher, 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 Bing Crosby), 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, and 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). 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). Most recently he has contributed to the score of Peter Pan 360 (Herrick Entertainment/Threesixty Entertainment), which premiered in June of 2015. To find out more about award-winning musical artist, Chieli Minucci, please visit his wikipedia page.

Honors and Awards

  • Grammy nomination for “Modern Manners” – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
  • Winner of three Emmy Awards (1998, 2007, 2008) CBS’s “The Guiding Light”
  • Nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy Awards for his compositional work on CBS’s “The Guiding Light”

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Audience and Press Reviews

  • …extraordinary range and technical finesse.

    — JazzTimes Magazine

  • "Chieli Minucci is both an influential elder statesman and true innovator." – Jazziz Magazine

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