«The V.I.P. Club» - 伝記、アルバム、曲、ビデオクリップ

A native of the South of Italy, Rocco Ventrella grew

up in Bari, and began playing saxophone at age

fourteen, inspired by some jazz records his father

had given to him… and that music hit home! …fast

forward to 1998… Rocco begins his love affair with

Smooth Jazz music and starts to record some

tracks to explore this new musical style.

In 2005, Rocco recorded, arranged and produced

the CD “Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr.” in

memory of the late, great saxophone player. This

remarkable CD originally contained only three tracks:

“Winelight”, “Let It Flow”, “Make Me A Memory”,

(“Mr. Grover” and “Come Morning” were added

in 2006) but it was instrumental in making Rocco

a household name on Smooth Jazz stations across

the Internet! Ventrella continued to create new

recordings featuring his own compositions, including

the soulful and haunting “I Receive Your Love”.

The Tribute CD and “I Receive Your Love” brought

Rocco to the attention of American producer Bruce

Nazarian (Anita Baker, Millie Scott, The Automatix),

and an international alliance was born!

The product of that collaboration, a new CD called

“Give Me The Groove” is a unique global

collaboration, joining together Rocco Ventrella from

Italy, his longtime friend Renato Falaschi from

France, and producer/multiinstrumentalist

Bruce Nazarian from the USA in a smooth, yet funky

showcase for Rocco’s performing and writing talents.

After hearing an early copy of the

CD, Jimi King, Smooth Jazz Programme Director

of www.SKY.fm named “Soulful Strut” as his Number

One Smooth Jazz Track of 2006 in the year-end

countdown, and placed two additional Rocco tracks

in the top 25 including “Alleria”, and Rocco’s soulful

reworking of “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. Since its

official release, this CD has taken internet radio by

storm!

“Give Me The Groove” CD obtained quotes from

George Duke, Dave Koz, Bob James, Chris

Standring.

November 2007 Rocco has been Pre-Nominated

for the 50° Grammy Award Contemporary Jazz Best

Album 2007.

The musical integrity, artistry, heart and soul of

saxophonist Rocco Ventrella

can soon be heard on the album “Give Me The

Groove” - his first official solo

recording in quite a while - “I’ve been so busy

fulfilling commitments to play or record for other

artists or broadcast clients, and recording a solo

album never entered my mind until recently. Over the past

few years, the desire to express myself entirily within my

own my personal musical universe has inflamed into a

burning passion…”.

January/February 2008 Rocco has been invited to give a

clinic/concert at Berklee College of Boston obtaining considerable

merits from Woodwind chair Bill Pierce. In this time in Boston,

Rocco played with great artists of Boston area like Sergio Bellotti,

Spajazzy,Tino D’Agostino, Frank Wilkins(WeJazzUp, Stevie

Wonder, Al Jarreau),Tim Ingles, Andre Hayward(Joshua Redman

Ensemble, Joe Lovano). These days Rocco touring continuosly

and giving Master Classes. “I love being able to work with young

students and help them improve.There’s no better feeling than

to help a player achieve their goal.”We believe Rocco Ventrella

to be a contemporary jazz artist of the new generation who is

without equal!