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Dominick the Donkey's son, Dominooch, is young and strong and singing his song, as he takes over for his aged father, helping Santa deliver Christmas gifts.
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Dominick the Donkey Has a Son!
He’s Young and Strong and Singing his Song

“Dominick the Donkey,” recorded by Lou Monte in 1960, remains a Christmas favorite among many, especially Italian Americans. It is now revealed that Dominick has a son, Dominooch, a crooner with a modernized Rat Pack flair, who will keep you singing, laughing, and your toes tapping, as he takes over for his aged father.

“Dominooch,” an original song I composed, was inspired by the most amazing backstory! My husband, guitarist, Vincent Musco, and I own Westwood Music Studios, a private music school in Westwood, NJ where Lou Monte’s son, Ray, taught drums for many years. The concept was born when I teased Ray Monte about being the “son of Dominick – Dominooch!” one Christmas season. Instantly, I knew I had to write that song!

After penning the original melody, harmony, and lyrics, I teamed up with renowned pianist, arranger, and long-time pianist for Frank Sinatra, Russ Kassoff, who produced the rhythm arrangement. The playful lyrics, sung by Dominooch, tell his story, as he replaces his father, the much-loved Dominick, in helping Santa deliver gifts. The song gives a shout out to Brooklyn, the Bronx, and the New Jersey towns of Hoboken, Nutley, Paterson, Lodi, and Bayonne, “towns Italians now call home.”

The connections that spawned this project have many threads. Raised in Paterson, NJ, my father, tenor saxophonist, Art Triggiani, was a contemporary of legendary guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli. My grandparents owned an Italian deli a few blocks away from the Pizzarelli’s Italian grocery store, both on Union Avenue. Additionally, Bucky, a close friend of Lou Monte, is the guitarist on many of Monte’s recordings. The fibers weaved together, giving birth to “Dominooch.” Recorded at Portrait Recording Studios, along with Russ Kassoff on piano are: Martin Pizzarelli - bass, Tony Tedesco – drums, Nancy Triggiani – percussion, Vincent Musco – rhythm guitar, Jason DeGeorge – lead guitar, and Anton Denner – saxophone. New Jersey native and and Hoboken resident, Joey Baccan is the rich tenor voice of Dominooch. It’s all tied together with a fun surprise ending by the great, Bucky Pizzarelli!

Nancy Triggiani 2018


First, I would like to thank my grandfather and guardian angel, Agostino Triggiani, who immigrated to the US from Ischitella, Italy, bringing with him his passion for life and his beloved guitar. Upon arrival, he started a quartet, performing at various festivals, venues, and live on the radio. He passed his love for music on to his son, Art, my father, who played tenor saxophone and clarinet in swing bands. I grew up surrounded by music and thank my father and grandfather for passing the music torch to me, as I now run with it. Thank you to my mother, Pearl, for always believing in me and taking me to my music lessons, which laid the foundation for my career in music. To my husband, Vinnie, with whom I founded Westwood Music Studios. At first it was just the two of us teaching side-by-side, but over the years we added faculty members, growing into then full-scale music school we now are today. One of the first teachers we hired was Ray Monte, and I thank him not only for over 19 years of teaching with us, but for his unexpected and unintentional inspiration for this song. A special thank you is extended to my friend, Martin Pizzarelli, for helping connect the links together that lead to the production of “Dominooch,” and for providing the driving bass lines that kept Dominooch running! Thank you to Russ Kassoff, for his unmatched musical wit in producing the rhythm arrangement and extraordinary piano playing, to Tony Tedesco, who grew up listening to Dominick the Donkey, for his superb drumming, Anton Denner, for his creative saxophone licks and harmonies, to the unparalleled lead guitar playing of Jason DeGeorge, to Vinnie Musco for the rhythm guitar arrangement and playing, and to Joey Baccan for enthusiastically lending his rich tenor voice to Dominooh! A very special thank you and hug goes to Bucky Pizzarelli for his surprise ending of the song. A warm thank you to all my friends who listened to the song and character evolving, offering their thoughts along the way: Leslie Rush, Fran Gilmartin, Lucy Hiben, Early Anderson, Ernie Rossi, Marie O’Brien, Denise Reck, Kathleen Reck, Nick Latino, and Lorraine Giordano. Lastly, thank you to my recording engineer, Chris Badami, not only for his elite engineering, mixing, and mastering skills, but also for his kind support and guidance.

Thank you. Grazie Mille.

Nancy Triggiani

(©2017 Nancy Triggiani) (BMI)

Produced by Nancy Triggiani
Recorded by Chris Badami at Portrait Recording Studios, Pompton Plain, NJ
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Badami

Cover and Package Design by Nancy Triggiani
Dominooch Character Design by Nancy Triggiani

Bucky Pizzarelli - vocals
Martin Pizzarelli – bass
Russ Kassoff – piano
Tony Tedesco – drums
Nancy Triggiani – percussion
Vincent Musco – rhythm guitar
Jason DeGeorge – lead guitar
Anton Denner - tenor and alto saxophone
Joey Baccan – lead vocalist of Dominooch



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