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Rocco Ventrella – Reflections

largeBari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013),  Another Time (2015). and  Keep In Touch (2018). With his EP Colors (2019) he offered soulful and funky ballads, bluesy jazz fusion and a blues-rock flavored cover of a Bob Dylan classic.

His newest EP Reflections (2021) features Tom Schuman, Lin Rountree, Roberto Vally, Patrick Yandall, Pablo Gadda and more. The EP is available on all major digital platforms.

Rocco Ventrella – Colors

Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he sets a new musical sign of life.

With his new EP Colors (2019) he offers soulful and funky ballads, bluesy jazz fusion and a blues-rock flavored cover of a Bob Dylan classic. Beside guest bassists Roberto Vally and Darryl Williams, the collection also present the vocal talent of Emanuel “Ghani”.

This album will be soon available at iTunes.

Rocco Ventrella – Keep In Touch

Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he sets a new musical sign of life.

With the exception of two covers Rocco has written all tracks. While Rocco performs most of the instruments, he had a great support by Michele Violante, who performed on nearly all tracks electric guitar and drums, and produced and mixed the album together with Rocco. Guest musicians are Dennis Rollins (trombone), André Berry (bass), Mark Stephens (Rhodes), Sergio Bellotti (drums), Adam Hawley (electric guitar), and Jim Scimonetti (sax).

Anyone who knows Rocco personally is aware of his affinity for interpersonal relationship that he seeks with particular cordiality. Love therefore comes in an authentic and surprisingly in a very modern version. Rapper Slim Spitta serves a rap insert which gives the piece buoyancy.

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Rocco Ventrella – Keep in Touch

Bari resident Rocco Ventrella developed his affinity for smooth jazz in 1998. However it last to 2005, when he released his Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. in memory of the late, great saxophone player. With his sophomore album Give Me The Groove (2007) he garnered a Grammy Awards Pre-Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album. His third album Sweet Temptation followed in 2013. With Another Time (2015) followed the next album. His new album Keep in Touch (2018) is just released.

The album is on sale at CDBaby.

Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Bari resident Rocco Ventrella developed his affinity for smooth jazz in 1998. However it last to 2005, when he released his Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. in memory of the late, great saxophone player. With his sophomore album Give Me The Groove (2007) he garnered a Grammy Awards Pre-Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album. His third album Sweet Temptation followed in 2013.

Now well known as saxophonist by numerous appearances on hundreds of events Rocco shows with Another Time (2015) what is possible and that the hero is ready for the next achievement. With Greg Manning as producer Rocco has put his album in good hands. Among the plethora of participating musicians are good names like Andre Berry and Hussain Jiffry (bass), Michele Violante (rhythm guitar), Gordon Campbell and Eric Valentine (drums), Adam Hawley, Terry Wollman and Darrell Crooks (guitar), and many more.

The funky Swagger sets a high standard of pure entertainment with blasting horns. Dave Koz and Richard Elliot couldn’t do it better. She’s Ready delivers all ingredients for a successful tune with captivating melody, groove and dreamy harmonies. Rocco draws on the full of his experience.

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Rocco Ventrella – Another Time

Another TimeThe saxophone player Rocco Ventrella has enjoyed a Grammy Awards Pre-­‐Nomination for Contemporary Jazz Best Album for his 2007 CD Give Me The Groove produced by Bruce Nazarian. Actually Rocco continues to tour the world sharing stage with most respected artists.

His new album Another Time will be released May 13, 2015. Performing artists are Rocco Ventrella, Greg Manning, Darrell Crooks, Adam Hawley, Michele Violante, Terry Wollman, Hussain Jiffry, Andre Berry, Gorden Campbell, Eric Valentine. Lead vocalists are Ilaria De Robertis and Kenya Hathaway.

Rocco Ventrella – Sweet Temptation

One can only smile and enjoy when hearing the music of Rocco Ventrella. The joy of his music that exudes from his soul is undeniable. His passion for smooth jazz is so obvious with every note he plays. With Give Me The Groove CD, released on February 2007, Ventrella has been Pre-Nominated Grammy Award Contemporary Jazz Best Album 2007 Top 50.

After performing in over 20 different countries and playing for hundreds of others records artists for many years, Ventrella discovered the great saxophone player Grover Washington, Jr. in the mid-90s. Ventrella was captivated by the sound and the groove of Grover and for this reason Grover will remain his “virtual” teacher forever. On the 2005 Ventrella recorded, arranged and produced the “Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr.” CD in memory of the late, great saxophone player. This remarkable recording originally contained just five tracks: “Winelight”, “Let It Flow”, “Make Me a Memory”, “Mr. Grover”(original by Ventrella) and “Come Morning”. However, it was “Winelight” that made Rocco a household name on Smooth Jazz stations across the Internet. Winelight was selected by Sky.fm as one of “The Best Of 2005,” along with other 14 tracks.

Ventrella continued to create new recordings featuring his own compositions, including the soulful and haunting I Receive Your Love. The “Tribute To Grover” and “I Receive Your Love” CDs brought Ventrella to the attention of American producer Bruce Nazarian (he played the synclavier on the “Giving you the best that I got” Anita Baker’s CD, Millie Scott, The Automatix), and an international alliance was born. Continue reading

Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2011

The weather God was good to us. Bright shining sunrays flooded through the glass building of the Kurhaus Göggingen in Augsburg. On Friday, September 16, 2011, started the 4th annual Smooth Jazz Festival. We already arrived at the venue in the afternoon to meet Jessy J and Paul Brown for a small talk after the rehearsal in the inner courtyard of the Kurhaus. Peter Hoerd (GrooveFM) conducted the interviews, we hope to present you soon.

Promoter of this event was Christian Bößner, who lives in Augsburg and organizes since several years Smooth Jazz Festivals in Europe. This year was special, because Christian already promoted the Smooth Jazz In The Cube 2011, a festival in the Austrian mountains May 20-22, 2011 at CUBE Biberwier-Lermoos. The event featured Nils, Brian Culbertson, Jackiem Joyner and Nick Colionne, who thrilled the international audience with their exceptional performances.

Christian shows an admirable staying power and ability to assert the triumphal march of Smooth Jazz in Europe. Against all odds he makes it possible to host a great event with many International stars of the Smooth Jazz scene and this every year.

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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).