Chiara Civello

Decades: 2000s


15 June 1975, Rome, Italy. As a small child Civello was encouraged to play piano by her grandmother and also briefly tried guitar. Mostly, though, she sang in church choirs before attending a private music school, Rome’s St. Louis Music Academy. She first sang professionally at 16 and won a scholarship to the Berklee College Of Music where she studied from 1994-98. Among her tutors at Berklee were trombonist Hal Crook and tenor saxophonists Ed Tomassi and Jerry Bergonzi. During her time at Berklee, Civello took a special interest in bop instrumentalists, transcribing solos by Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Like many other Berklee students, she also performed in clubs in the Boston area. After graduation, Civello moved to New York City where she began incorporating Latin and Brazilian music into her repertoire, performing songs in Spanish and Portuguese. It was at this time that she wrote her first song, ‘Parole...

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