Archive for December 29th, 2009

Rocco Ventrella – Where Were You

When Rocco was 14 years old, he began to study clarinet at the Conservatory of Music of Bari and after four years Rocco got his first gig with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Petruzzelli’s Theatre of Bari, playing with great artists like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Josè Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli. After graduating Rocco began to study saxophone as self-taught and in meantime he participated to some “clinics” with David Liebman, Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Lee Konitz.

From the 1985 to the 2005 Rocco played with great musicians like Dizzie Gillespie, Tony Scott, Eddie Davis, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Lilian Terry, Bob Mintzer, Paolo Fresu, Tullio De Piscopo, Ernie Wilkins, Dusko Goykovic, Enrico Pieranunzi, Giorgio Gaslini,Bob Mintzer and more. In 2007, Rocco’s album Give Me The Groove received a Pre-Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Rocco’s new album is entitled Where Were You and is available at his website. Rocco is supported by the musicians Renato Falaschi (Rhodes), Sergio Bellotti (drums), Stefano Arcieri (acoustic accomp. and “wha” efx gtr.),  Ron Smith (acoustic guitar) and Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass).

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